Fess: Open Source Enterprise Search Server

From the homepage:

Fess is very powerful and easily deployable Enterprise Search Server. You can install and run Fess quickly on any platforms, which have Java runtime environment. Fess is provided under Apache license.

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Fess is Solr based search server, but knowledge/experience about Solr is NOT needed because of All-in-One Enterprise Search Server. Fess provides Administration GUI to configure the system on your browser. Fess also contains a crawler, which can crawl documents on Web/File System/DB and support many file formats, such as MS Office, pdf and zip.


  • Very Easy Installation/Configuration
  • Apache License (OSS)
  • OS-independent (Runs on Java)
  • Crawl documents on Web/File System/DB/Windows Shared Folder
  • Support many document types, such as MS Office, PDF, Zip archive,…
  • Support a web page for BASIC/DIGEST/NTLM authentication
  • Contain Apache Solr as a search engine
  • Provide UI as a responsive web design
  • Provide a browser based administative page
  • Support a role authentication
  • Support XML/JSON/JSONP format
  • Provide a search/click log and statistics
  • Provide auto-complete(suggest)

Sounds interesting enough.

I don’t have a feel for the trade-offs between a traditional Solr/Tomcat install and what appears to be a Solr-out-of-the-box solution. At least not today.

I recently built a Solr/Tomcat install on a VM so this could be a good comparison to that process.

Any experience with Fess?

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