Vancouver, October 5-6, 2012

Getting the Most Out of Search API, Solr, and Views

Development and Code
Experience Level: 

This will be an advanced level presentation on the use of solr as a backend to views using Search API ( and Search API Solr ( and how, when done properly, this combination can allow you to create extremely fast searches and views that scale to tens of thousands of entities even on relatively limited resources.

Topics Covered:

  • When and why to use solr backed views
  • Creating the solr index - beautiful data in, beautiful data out
    • Data in the index - for search, for display, or both
    • How to view the solr index contents directly using Luke (
    • How to replicate traditional views relationships with a solr-backed view
  • Creating a view that doesn't use the site database at all + cool things you can do with this
  • Pitfalls to avoid

I have posted my slides as well as db dumps and feature modules for the demo site I was using.