Solr vs. Sphinx vs. Lucene

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What is Solr?

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.

What is Sphinx?

Sphinx 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 Sphinx pretty much as with a database server. A variety of text processing features enable fine-tuning Sphinx for your particular application requirements, and a number of relevance functions ensures you can tweak search quality as well.

What is Lucene?

Lucene Core, our flagship sub-project, provides Java-based indexing and search technology, as well as spellchecking, hit highlighting and advanced analysis/tokenization capabilities.

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Why do developers choose Solr?
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Why do developers choose Sphinx?
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Why do developers choose Lucene?
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What are the cons of using Solr?
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What are the cons of using Sphinx?
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What are the cons of using Lucene?
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What companies use Solr?
157 companies on StackShare use Solr
What companies use Sphinx?
39 companies on StackShare use Sphinx
What companies use Lucene?
33 companies on StackShare use Lucene


What tools integrate with Solr?
5 tools on StackShare integrate with Solr
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What tools integrate with Lucene?
1 tools on StackShare integrate with Lucene

What is an alternative to Solr, Sphinx, and Lucene?

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