Solr Quick Start

Erik Hatcher (Lucidworks)
Location: Portland 256 Level: Novice
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The “Solr Quick Start” tutorial covers the following topics:

  • Introducing Solr and Lucene
  • Installing and running Solr
  • Indexing your data
  • Configuring the schema
  • Surveying Solr’s features
  • Tuning and scaling
  • Integrating into your applications

Attendees should install the latest version of Apache Solr from and ensure their system meets the minimum system requirements specified in Solr’s SYSTEM_REQUIREMENTS.txt

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Erik Hatcher


Erik Hatcher is the co-author of “Lucene in Action” as well as co-author of “Java Development with Ant”. Erik has been an active member of the Lucene community – a leading Lucene and Solr committer, member of the Lucene Project Management Committee, member of the Apache Software Foundation as well as a frequent invited speaker at various industry events.

Erik is a co-founder of Lucid Imagination, dedicated to Lucene/Solr support services.

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Rene Dorado
07/23/2013 4:36am PDT

nvm found it slideshare

Rene Dorado
07/23/2013 4:31am PDT

can you post a link to your slide share?

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Erik Hatcher
07/23/2013 12:32am PDT

I uploaded my slides to the O’Reilly system, but not quite sure where they show up or are available to you all. I’ve put them on my Google Drive and shared it at this link too: and

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Erik Hatcher
07/22/2013 6:00am PDT

Looks like the comment system ate the URL I posted. As Solr 4.4 is migrating to the mirrors, here’s one that has it:

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Erik Hatcher
07/22/2013 3:46am PDT

Solr 4.4 has been released, as of this morning. That’s what I’ll be using for the tutorial tomorrow.

It’s propagating through the Apache mirrors now, and you’ll eventually see it available at – here’s a mirror where it is available already:

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Erik Hatcher
07/22/2013 3:34am PDT

I have been told there are 100+ registered for this tutorial. Wow! Thank you for the interest. With that in mind, I’m going to adjust the delivery style to be more lecture, but with me running the examples. It’s not really practical to run this as a “workshop” interactively amongst us all, but by all means follow along by running what I demonstrate the best you can. And of course after the class I’ll be available in person for as long as folks want to chat and will be glad to help via e-mail/IRC/IM beyond that.

Again, thanks for making this a big session – much more than I expected, but I’m agile and it’ll be fun. See you all tomorrow morning.

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Erik Hatcher
07/18/2013 11:26am PDT

Gang -

I’m going to make an executive decision and run with Solr 4.4 RCx (x being the latest available by, say, Sunday night). There’s just too many good things going on with field type autodetection and magical schema creation, and plenty of fixes and improvements from previous versions to not use that as our starting point on Tuesday morning. No worries if you don’t have it downloaded, I’ll have everything on USB to share around.

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Erik Hatcher
07/18/2013 12:00am PDT

Be sure also to bring your IDE of choice. I strongly recommend IntelliJ IDEA (the free community edition is very nice), but Eclipse will work too. I’m purely an IntelliJ person myself, so will be teaching entirely from that environment. Solr supports both of those IDEs nicely.

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Erik Hatcher
07/16/2013 9:37am PDT

It looks like Solr 4.4 will be out this week, so I’ll plan on using that. Be sure to grab that download when it becomes available. If it doesn’t happen to actually be released, we’ll run with Solr 4.3.1.

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Erik Hatcher
07/15/2013 1:06am PDT

Steve -

For the tutorial, I’ll simply be using the small example data sets that come with Solr itself.

But by all means, if you want to bring some data go for it. Bring data relevant to your job or interests. The easiest format to deal with is CSV, as Solr can ingest that pretty much as-is, but if you’ve got data in other formats we can talk through what it takes to get that into Solr as well and with a little effort, possibly within the time constraints of the tutorial itself, you should be able to index most anything.

Steve Huitt
07/13/2013 9:07am PDT

Erik – should we also bring a dataset to use? If so, is there a suggested one?


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