Architecture Overview


One main implementation.

  • Standard API that loosely follows QuerySet

  • Handles most queries

  • Allows for custom “parsing”/building through API

  • Dispatches to SearchQuery for actual query

  • Handles automatically creating a query

  • Allows for raw queries to be passed straight to backend.


Implemented per-backend.

  • Method for building the query out of the structured data.

  • Method for cleaning a string of reserved characters used by the backend.

Main class provides:

  • Methods to add filters/models/order-by/boost/limits to the search.

  • Method to perform a raw search.

  • Method to get the number of hits.

  • Method to return the results provided by the backend (likely not a full list).


Implemented per-backend.

  • Connects to search engine

  • Method for saving new docs to index

  • Method for removing docs from index

  • Method for performing the actual query


One main implementation.

  • Standard API that loosely follows django.contrib.admin.sites.AdminSite

  • Handles registering/unregistering models to search on a per-site basis.

  • Provides a means of adding custom indexes to a model, like ModelAdmins.


Implemented per-model you wish to index.

  • Handles generating the document to be indexed.

  • Populates additional fields to accompany the document.

  • Provides a way to limit what types of objects get indexed.

  • Provides a way to index the document(s).

  • Provides a way to remove the document(s).