Getting Started


Install AlgoliaSearch using pip:

pip install --upgrade algoliasearch

Init index - init_index

To initialize the client, you need your Application ID and API Key. You can find both of them on your Algolia account.

from algoliasearch import algoliasearch

client = algoliasearch.Client("YourApplicationID", 'YourAPIKey')
index = client.init_index("contact")

If you use this API Client with Google AppEngine (Thanks @apassant), it will use urlfetch instead of using the request module. Please be aware of urlfetch’s limits, and note that SSL certificates will not be verified for calls to domains other than due to the lack of SNI support in urlfetch. To run unit tests on the AppEngine stub, please define an APPENGINE_RUNTIME enviroment variable.

Quick Start

In 30 seconds, this quick start tutorial will show you how to index and search objects.

Without any prior configuration, you can start indexing 500 contacts in the contacts index using the following code:

index = client.init_index("contact")
batch = json.load(open('contacts.json'))

You can now search for contacts using firstname, lastname, company, etc. (even with typos):

# search by firstname
# search a firstname with typo
# search for a company
print"california paint")
# search for a firstname & company
print"jimmie paint")

Settings can be customized to tune the search behavior. For example, you can add a custom sort by number of followers to the already great built-in relevance:

index.set_settings({"customRanking": ["desc(followers)"]})

You can also configure the list of attributes you want to index by order of importance (first = most important):

index.set_settings({"searchableAttributes": ["lastname", "firstname", "company",
                                         "email", "city", "address"]})

Since the engine is designed to suggest results as you type, you’ll generally search by prefix. In this case the order of attributes is very important to decide which hit is the best:


Note: If you are building a web application, you may be more interested in using our JavaScript client to perform queries.

It brings two benefits:

  • Your users get a better response time by not going through your servers
  • It will offload unnecessary tasks from your servers
<script src=""></script>
var client = algoliasearch('ApplicationID', 'apiKey');
var index = client.initIndex('indexName');

// perform query "jim"'jim', searchCallback);

// the last optional argument can be used to add search parameters
  'jim', {
    hitsPerPage: 5,
    facets: '*',
    maxValuesPerFacet: 10

function searchCallback(err, content) {
  if (err) {