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Open source full text search server, designed from the ground up with performance, relevance (aka search quality), and integration simplicity in mind
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What is Sphinx?

It lets you either batch index and search data stored in an SQL database, NoSQL storage, or just files quickly and easily — or index and search data on the fly, working with it pretty much as with a database server.
Sphinx is a tool in the Search Engines category of a tech stack.

Who uses Sphinx?

60 companies reportedly use Sphinx in their tech stacks, including Grooveshark, Ansible Development Stack, and Webedia.

90 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Sphinx.

Sphinx Integrations

Google Drive, Dropbox, DevDocs, dbForge Studio for MySQL, and Google Chrome are some of the popular tools that integrate with Sphinx. Here's a list of all 6 tools that integrate with Sphinx.

Why developers like Sphinx?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Sphinx
Sphinx Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Sphinx in their tech stack.

Andrew Gatenby
Andrew Gatenby
R&D Lead Developer at Visualsoft · | 1 upvotes · 4.9K views

We use Sphinx as the main search indexing system on our clients' websites. It's a more powerful system than we even scratch the surface of, and allows us to index data from a variety of sources. Sphinx

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Daniel Quinn
Daniel Quinn
Senior Developer at Workfinder · | 1 upvotes · 4.9K views
atThe Paperless ProjectThe Paperless Project

We use Sphinx because it's the standard for Python documentation. As Paperless is Python-based, this only made sense.

Additionally, readthedocs.org plays very well with it, so that's your documentation hosting for you for free.

Finally, it supports ReStructuredText, which is amazingly powerful.

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Sphinx's Features

  • Output formats: HTML (including Windows HTML Help), LaTeX (for printable PDF versions), ePub, Texinfo, manual pages, plain text
  • Extensive cross-references: semantic markup and automatic links for functions, classes, citations, glossary terms and similar pieces of information
  • Hierarchical structure: easy definition of a document tree, with automatic links to siblings, parents and children
  • Automatic indices: general index as well as a language-specific module indices
  • Code handling: automatic highlighting using the Pygments highlighter
  • Extensions: automatic testing of code snippets, inclusion of docstrings from Python modules (API docs), and more

Sphinx Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Sphinx?
Elasticsearch is a distributed, RESTful search and analytics engine capable of storing data and searching it in near real time. Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats and Logstash are the Elastic Stack (sometimes called the ELK Stack).
Solr is the popular, blazing fast open source enterprise search platform from the Apache Lucene project. Its major features include powerful full-text search, hit highlighting, faceted search, near real-time indexing, dynamic clustering, database integration, rich document (e.g., Word, PDF) handling, and geospatial search. Solr is highly reliable, scalable and fault tolerant, providing distributed indexing, replication and load-balanced querying, automated failover and recovery, centralized configuration and more. Solr powers the search and navigation features of many of the world's largest internet sites.
Lucene Core, our flagship sub-project, provides Java-based indexing and search technology, as well as spellchecking, hit highlighting and advanced analysis/tokenization capabilities.
Apache Solr
It uses the tools you use to make application building a snap. It is built on the battle-tested Apache Zookeeper, it makes it easy to scale up and down.
It builds completely static HTML sites that you can host on GitHub pages, Amazon S3, or anywhere else you choose. There's a stack of good looking themes available. The built-in dev-server allows you to preview your documentation as you're writing it. It will even auto-reload and refresh your browser whenever you save your changes.
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Sphinx's Followers
109 developers follow Sphinx to keep up with related blogs and decisions.
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