Search Improvements

Search Improvements 2.11.0

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Compatible XF 2.x versions
  1. 2.2
Additional requirements
php 7.2+
Standard Library by Xon v1.18.0+
If using ElasticSearch, then ElasticSearch v5.x+
MIT Licence
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A collection of improvements to XF's Enhanced Search and some for XenForo's default MySQL search.

MySQL & Elastic Search features;
  • Allow * (or empty search string) to return results, for MySQL and XFES
  • range_query search DSL
    • allows arbitrary range queries for numerical data
  • Allow users to select the default search order independent for the forum wide setting.
    • Re-adds the global option for the default search type
  • Display search terms on the search results page
  • Add "Search only X" search criteria to individual handler pages, where X is thread/conversation/ticket/ect instead of searching thread/post etc.
    • Makes general search a true subset of member search
Elastic Search Only features:
  • Add ability to push "can view threads/tickets by other" permission(s) into ElasticSearch query, reducing php-side culling of matching content.
    This improves searching forums/tickets where the user lacks these permissions.

    This is gated behind the option Push "View X by others" check into XFES', as it requires a full reindex. (Default disabled)

    Supports the following add-ons:For best results, use ElasticSearch Essentials add-on, as it simplifies this permission constraint compared to stock XenForo
  • Restore default search order option
  • Per content type weighting
  • Adds Elastic Search information to the AdminCP home screen.
  • Adds a debug option to log the search DSL queries to error log for troubleshooting
  • Option to extend search syntax to permit;
    • + signifies AND operation
    • | signifies OR operation
    • - negates a single token
    • " wraps a number of tokens to signify a phrase for searching
    • * at the end of a term signifies a prefix query
    • ( and ) signify precedence
    • ~N after a word signifies edit distance (fuzziness)
    • ~N after a phrase signifies slop amount
    • In order to search for any of these special characters, they will need to be escaped with \.
  • "Specialized index" support
    • Specialized search index allows generating single-purpose elastic search indexes while re-using as much XF search infrastructure as possible.

    • These are examples of a "specialized index".

      The username autocomplete it creates an index with just the user/email and replaces the admin quick search and front-end username autocomplete with an elasticsearch powered version.

      The tag autocomplete replaces the front-end tag autocomplete with an elasticsearch powered version.

      In both cases this allows non-start-of-string matching, with typo tolerance.

New Permissions
  • Search Options
Contributing features or bug fixes
Please create a Github Pull request via the "More information." link.


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Latest updates

  1. 2.11.0 - Maintenance update

    Support tag/username autocomplete using XFES add-ons todo prefix matching on autocomplete
  2. 2.10.4 - Bugfix update

    Fix viewing the index list could be blocked when elasticsearch is configured but inaccessible
  3. 2.10.3 - Maintenance update

    Improve phrasing of custom search term on the advanced search page. Change the phrase 'search...

Latest reviews

Another great addon from Xon, worth installing for the improved range searches alone but loads of other functionality and improvements.
Fantastic support from Xon as ever.
Can's say enough about Xon's dedication in updating this (and all other add-ons). He is so thorough and super-fast! I personally appreciate the commitment he shows in resolving the slightest conflict and keeping all his add-ons squeaky clean!!
Great additions to the standard search within XenForo - all those options that you were looking for and lots more.

Also, the author's support is fantastic, fixing issues very quickly.
I've used this for over a year on a large forum with over 20 million posts. It's been working with no problems. My users don't use the extended search syntax much but it's nice to have it.
A good improvement of the search system giving certain opportunities and an improved search with the help of an additional syntax that is not processed in the engine and improves its accuracy and performance. Recommended in conjunction with
Great add on that adds benefit to our users. Because we use Thread Starter Alerts which requires this add on.
Again Xon delivers what should be in core XF. The search feature in core XF is quite lacking and this addon fills in a much needed gap that most people expect. thanks!
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