# Documents

# Index a document

A document to be indexed in a given collection must conform to the schema of the collection.

If the document contains an id field of type string, Typesense would use that field as the identifier for the document. Otherwise, Typesense would assign an identifier of its choice to the document.

# Sample Response

# Definition

POST ${TYPESENSE_HOST}/collections/:collection/documents

In Typesense, a search consists of a query against one or more text fields and a list of filters against numerical or facet fields. You can also sort and facet your results.

Due to performance reasons, Typesense limits searches to a maximum of 500 results.

# Sample Response

When a string[] field is queried, the highlights structure would include the corresponding matching array indices of the snippets. For e.g:

# Definition

GET ${TYPESENSE_HOST}/collections/:collection/documents/search

# Arguments

Parameter Required Description
q yes The query text to search for in the collection.

Use * as the search string to return all documents. This is typically useful when used in conjunction with filter_by.

For example, to return all documents that match a filter, use:q=*&filter_by=num_employees:10
query_by yes One or more string / string[] fields that should be queried against. Separate multiple fields with a comma: company_name, country

The order of the fields is important: a record that matches on a field earlier in the list is considered more relevant than a record matched on a field later in the list. So, in the example above, documents that match on the company_name field are ranked above documents matched on the country field.
prefix no Boolean field to indicate that the last word in the query should be treated as a prefix, and not as a whole word. This is necessary for building autocomplete and instant search interfaces.

Default: true
filter_by no Filter conditions for refining your search results.

A field can be matched against one or more values.

country: USA
country: [USA, UK]

Separate multiple conditions with the && operator.

For eg: num_employees:>100 && country: [USA, UK]

More examples:

sort_by no A list of numerical fields and their corresponding sort orders that will be used for ordering your results. Separate multiple fields with a comma. Up to 2 sort fields can be specified.

E.g. num_employees:desc,year_started:asc

The text similarity score is exposed as a special _text_match field that you can use in the list of sorting fields.

If one or two sorting fields are specified, _text_match is used for tie breaking, as the last sorting field.


If no sort_by parameter is specified, results are sorted by:_text_match:desc,``default_sorting_field:desc.
facet_by no A list of fields that will be used for faceting your results on. Separate multiple fields with a comma.
max_facet_values no Maximum number of facet values to be returned.
num_typos no Number of typographical errors (1 or 2) that would be tolerated.

Damerau–Levenshtein distance (opens new window) is used to calculate the number of errors.

Default: 2
page no Results from this specific page number would be fetched.
per_page no Number of results to fetch per page.

Default: 10
include_fields no Comma-separated list of fields from the document to include in the search result.
exclude_fields no Comma-separated list of fields from the document to exclude in the search result.
drop_tokens_threshold no If the number of results found for a specific query is less than this number, Typesense will attempt to drop the tokens in the query until enough results are found. Tokens that have the least individual hits are dropped first. Set drop_tokens_threshold to 0 to disable dropping of tokens.

Default: 10

# Retrieve a document

Fetch an individual document from a collection by using its id.

# Sample Response

# Definition

GET ${TYPESENSE_HOST}/collections/:collection/documents/:id

# Delete a document

Delete an individual document from a collection by using its id.

# Sample Response

# Definition

DELETE ${TYPESENSE_HOST}/collections/:collection/documents/:id

# Export documents

# Sample Response

# Definition

GET ${TYPESENSE_HOST}/collections/:collection/documents/export

# Import documents

The documents to be imported must be formatted in a newline delimited JSON stucture. You can feed the output file from a Typesense export operation directly as import.

Here's an example file:

You can import the above documents.jsonl file like this.

# Sample Response

The response will consist of an items array that indicates the result of each document present in the request to be imported (in the same order). If the import of a single document fails, it does not affect the remaining documents

If there is a failure, the response item will include a corresponding error message. For example, the second document had an import failure in the following response:

# Definition

POST ${TYPESENSE_HOST}/collections/:collection/documents/import

Last Updated: 6/15/2021, 4:16:29 AM