# What is Typesense?

Typesense is an open-source, typo-tolerant search engine optimized for instant (typically sub-50ms) search-as-you-type experiences and developer productivity.

If you've heard about ElasticSearch or Algolia, a good way to think about Typesense is that it is:

  • An open source alternative to Algolia, with some key quirks solved and
  • An easier-to-use batteries-included alternative to ElasticSearch

🗣️ 🎥 If you prefer watching videos, here's one where we introduce Typesense and show a walk-through: https://youtu.be/F4mB0x_B1AE?t=144 (opens new window)