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Build a custom search engine with PHP and Sphinx

Sphinx indexes your content, finds text fast, and provides useful search results.

If you use Google or any other search engine, you already are a user of full text searching: the capability to search for a word or group of words within many texts for the best matches for your query. Sphinx is a full text search engine for database content, which you can integrate with other applications. You can test it or use it with a command-line tool, but Sphinx is most useful as part of a Web site, not as a standalone utility.

Sphinx is a fast and capable full text search engine, particularly suited for database content. It runs its own daemon (which you compile) and does not have any web crawlers bundled. Features include high performance, good scalability and search quality, advanced sorting, filtering, and grouping.

Sphinx works in a LAMP (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP) context. Many content management system use MySQL for data and are coded in PHP, which make them a perfect fit for Sphinx. You can also run Sphinx on BSD (FreeBSD, NetBSD), Solaris, and even Windows. For coders, Sphinx provides Ruby, Perl, and Python libraries, but no Java.

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