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Solve docs challenges with a search engine
Docs are only helpful when your users can find answers easily. Enter DocSearch.
Made for open-source
Initially created to fulfill our own developers' needs, DocSearch quickly evolved into a successful community project. Over the years, we've explored new ways to address the complexities of search for the open-source community.
Customizable and fast
DocSearch understands how the user input fits into the context of your project and instantly presents the most relevant content with fewer interactions than any other method.
With a design very close to the native experience on mobile, we leverage users acquaintance with the interaction patterns of each OS.
How it works
We scrape your documentation or technical blog, configure the Algolia application and send you the snippet you'll have to integrate. It's that simple.
We leverage the Algolia Crawler to index every section of your website.
You don't need to configure any settings or even have an Algolia account. We take care of this for you!
We'll send you a small snippet to integrate DocSearch to your website and an invite to your fully configured Algolia application.
Overview of DocSearch
Search doesn't have to be painful — when a user searches through your docs, they'll get a frictionless modal dialog to work in.
All featured search box
The conversation start here: you want to have the state-of-the-art search box to represent your voice. DocSearch comes with our extensive experience in making this search box respects all the best practices.
DocSearch organizes the search results into chunks that reflect how your documentation is structured.
Inputs and shortcuts
It looks almost similar to a search input but it's a button. When you click/touch or use the keyboard shortcut, it opens a modal dropdown and focuses the search input.
Always sized and positioned correctly
The modal experience leverages behavior of most popular Integrated Developement Environements (IDEs) or native experience on mobile. An opaque layer is making sure we keep the context of the documentation but remove all visual pollution.
Powered by Algolia
Most of our search queries take less than 20ms, so Algolia can run a new search on every keystroke and instantly highlight relevant content to your users.
Search as you type
Instantly magnify relevant content to your users from the first keystroke, thanks to Algolia speed.
Detailed and straightforward analytics
Use our analytics to keep an eye on your search performance and to make sure that your users are finding what they're searching for.
Algolia knows what your users mean to search for right out-of-the-box, so they won't be spending time correcting typos.
It's all about keyboards
Once users become familiar with a system they will become better and faster at doing what they need to. DocSearch offers accelerators to experts.
Keyboard Shortcut & Navigation
We aim at keeping the experience as smooth as your interaction with an IDE, which explains the Ctrl+K (⌘+K on macOS) keyboard shortcut to open the search modal.
We have released this version with our best efforts on addressing accessibility issues and we are willing to make further changes. We'd like to work closely with an expert in accessibility. Please contact us if you are interested.