Before we get into the details of which search engine might be right for your app or website in 2022, let's define what Solr is and how Elasticsearch works.
We start with Solr, an open-source search platform that is integrated with Lucene, a Java library. Solr already has more than a decade in the industry, which makes it one of the search engines with the largest presence on the web.
Among its characteristics, the following stand out:
Among its main characteristics, the following stand out:
Despite being second to market, launched in 2004 on the CNET network, Solr has a longer history having contributed to Apache in 2006. Elasticsearch first appeared in 2001, created by its founder Shaw Bannon with Compass name.
Community of both search engines
The Solr and Elasticsearch communities are quite active, both being open-source projects. Solr is open source: anyone can help and contribute. It can also be added to Elasticsearch, but it is up to flexible Elasticsearch employees or companies to accept the same.
Installation and configuration
Elasticsearch stands out in this feature for its ease of installation and for being very light. At 26.1MB in size, it's less than half the size of the Solr installation package, which is about 150MB in size.
Generally speaking, if you are working with an application that uses JSON it is better to use Elasticsearch. Otherwise, use Solr as the schema.xml and solrconfig.xml are well documented.
At the end of the day, the search engine you choose for your application or website, be it Solr or Elasticsearch, will depend on the development needs that you have at the moment, so you must inform yourself correctly before making that decision.
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