Sphinx is a open source full text search engine created to provide full text search functionality to client applications. Released in 2001, the search engine is a stand alone serve and is used to communicate with other database management systems (DBMS) by using native protocols including MySQL, PostgreSQl and MariaDB.
The company offers a wide range of Sphinx-related services and is proud to have created a search server that blends together the benefits of high performance, reliability and ease of use into one handy search engine platform.
Sphinx is written in C++ and works on Linux, Windows, MacOS, Solaris, FreeBSD and other systems.
The search engine allows three lines of code and search queries are express in SQL for ease of use.
Attributes that can be used to perform additional filtering and sorting during Sphinx searches come in a range of types and include:
Floating point values
Sphix’s opensource search engine functionality has been used in a range of websites including Craigslist.org, Tradebit.com vBulletin.com and Boardreader.com. Craigslist.org in particular uses the search engine to serve a staggering 300+ search queries per day.
Features of the Sphinx search engine include:
Batch and incremental full text indexing
Support for non-text attributes
XML documents indexing support
Integration via access APIs
SQL-like syntax support via MySQL
Full text searching syntax
Database result set processing
Improved relevance ranking
Text processing support
Easy application integration
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