Search In Laravel 5

May 31, 2017 By - Azeem Hassni
    • Introduction

      Search is the most tricky part in every application while everyone wants a quick and effective search engine for their application. Let’s see how we can make this process easy and scalable in a Laravel application. We will use a package called TNTSearch which is a full-text search engine written in PHP.

      Installing TNT Search

      Since we’ve composer as industry standard so installing packages is not a problem. just add the following line in your composer.json file

        "require" : {
            "teamtnt/tntsearch": "0.6.*"

      or simply run the following command right from your terminal.

      $ composer require teamtnt/tntsearch

      it will pick appropriate version for you.

      Now open up config/app.php and register the following service provider and create an alias for the namespaced facade.

      Service Provider



      'TNTSearch' => TeamTNT\TNTSearch\Facades\TNTSearch::class,

      Now that the installation part is done, let’s dive into the cool stuff.


      Let’s say we’ve a products table with Title, Description and Price fields, we will create an artisan command to perform our indexing operations.

      Open a terminal window and execute the following command to generate ProductIndexer class.

      $ php artisan make:console ProductIndexer

      Locate the file at app/Console/Commands/ProductIndexer.php and set handle method like this

      namespace App\Console\Commands;
      use Illuminate\Console\Command;
      use TeamTNT\TNTSearch\Facades\TNTSearch;
      class ProductIndexer extends Command
           * The name and signature of the console command.
           * @var string
          protected $signature = 'index:products';
           * The console command description.
           * @var string
          protected $description = 'Index the Products';
           * Create a new command instance.
          public function __construct()
           * Execute the console command.
           * @return mixed
          public function handle()
              $indexer = TNTSearch::createIndex('products.index');
              $indexer->query("SELECT id, title, description, price FROM products");

      Cool! Now Register the command with Laravel by appending the following line into the $commands array in app/Console/Kernal.php


      Our indexing part is almost done, we can index our products any time by running the following artisan command

      $ php artisan index:products

      You can find the newly generated index file atstorage/products.index

      Performing a Search

      Let’s setup a search form real quick with routes and controller actions

      # Displays our search form
      Route::get('products', 'ProductsController@index');
      # Displays our search results
      Route::get('products/search', 'ProductsController@search');

      From PrdouctController@index we’ll simply return a view which renders our search form and we’ll submit that form to ProductsController@search

      Let’s see how to tackle the search part,

      namespace App\Http\Controllers;
      use App\Http\Requests;
      use App\Product;
      use Illuminate\Http\Request;
      use TeamTNT\TNTSearch\Facades\TNTSearch;
      class ProductsController extends Controller
          public function search( Request $request )
              $results = TNTSearch::search($request->get('query'), 1000);
              $products = Product::whereIn('id', $results[ 'ids' ])->get();
              return view('search.results', compact('products'));

      We’re almost done, now our site has a basic but powerful search engine.

      List of all products

      Search Results

      I’ll share an other part of this article to discuss re-indexing and moving the indexing jargon to background using Laravel’s scheduler.


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    Azeem Hassni

    I write code and i love it. I do write blogs on things which I am passionate about. I love to Explore the internet of things and whats new in web technologies. My topic of Interests include WordPress, Laravel & Magento to name a few.

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