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OroSearchBundle provides options that can be used to customize the search functionality.

System Configuration

All configuration data is placed in the configuration under alias oro_search. Let us look at the configuration example:

2    engine: orm
3    engine_parameters:
4        ...
5    log_queries: true
6    item_container_template: MyBundle:Search:itemContainer.html.twig
7    entities_config:
8        ...

Description of parameters:

  • engine, default “orm” (converted to container parameter oro_search.engine) - specifies the search engine name used to perform search and indexation (see section Search Engine Configuration);

  • engine_parameters (converted to the container parameter oro_search.engine_parameters) - additional parameters of the search engine used for initialization (f.e. IP, port, credentials etc);

  • log_queries, default false (converted to container parameter oro_search.log_queries) - flag that defines whether it is necessary to log search queries to the database;

  • item_container_template, default “OroSearchBundle:Datagrid:itemContainer.html.twig” (converted to container parameter oro_search.twig.item_container_template) - template used to render entity row in search results;

  • entities_config (converted to container parameter oro_search.entities_config) - entity search configuration, can be used to override the default entity search configuration (see section Entity Configuration).

Configuration Merging

All configurations merge in the boot bundles order. The application collects configurations of all nodes with the same name and merges them into one configuration. Merging uses simple rules:

  • if the node value is scalar, the value will be replaced

  • if the node value is an array:

    • by default the value will be replaced

    • for node ‘fields’ this array will be appended by values from the second configuration.

After this step, the application knows about all entity search configurations from the search.yml files and has only one configuration for each entity.



 2    alias:                          acme_tag
 3    title_fields:                   [name]
 4    search_template:                DemoBundle:Search:result.html.twig
 5    route:
 6        name:                       acme_tag_search
 7        parameters:
 8            id:                     id
 9    fields:
10        -
11            name:                   name
12            target_type:            text
13            target_fields:          [name]


2    alias:                          acme_tag
3    title_fields:                   [subject]
4    fields:
5        -
6            name:                   subject
7            target_type:            text
8            target_fields:          [subject]


 1    alias:                          acme_tag
 2    title_fields:                   [subject]
 3    search_template:                DemoBundle:Search:result.html.twig
 4    route:
 5        name:                       acme_tag_search
 6        parameters:
 7            id:                     id
 8    fields:
 9        -
10            name:                   name
11            target_type:            text
12            target_fields:          [name]
13        -
14            name:                   subject
15            target_type:            text
16            target_fields:          [subject]

Entity Configuration

After insert, update or delete entity records, the search index must be updated. The search index consists of data from entities by mapping parameters. Entity search configuration maps fields to the virtual search fields in the search index.

Entity search configuration can be stored in main config.yml file (in oro_search config section) or in search.yml files in the config directory of the bundle.

Configuration is an array that contains info about the bundle name, entity name and the array of fields. Fields array contains the array of field name and field type. Data from all text fields will be stored in the all_text virtual field. Additionally, all the fields will be stored in the fieldName virtual fields, if the target_fields parameter is not set.


 2    alias: demo_product                                      # Alias for 'from' keyword in advanced search
 3    search_template: AcmeDemoBundle:result.html.twig         # Template to use in search result page for this entity type
 4    label: Demo products                                     # Label for entity to identify entity in search results
 5    route:
 6        name: acme_demo_search_product                       # Route name to generate url link to the entity record
 7        parameters:                                          # Array with parameters for route
 8            id: id
 9    mode: normal                                             # optional, default normal. Defines behavior for entities
10    title_fields: [name]                                     # with inheritance hierarchy. See possible values in config
11    fields:                                                  # dump reference or in class constants Oro\Bundle\SearchBundle\Query\Mode
12        -
13            name: name                                       # Name of field in entity
14            target_type: text                                # Type of virtual search field. Supported target types:
15                                                             # text (string and text fields), integer, double, datetime
16        -
17            name: description
18            target_type: text
19            target_fields: [description, another_index_name] # Array of virtual fields for entity field from 'name' parameter.
20        -
21            name: manufacturer
22            relation_type: many-to-one                       # Indicate that this field is relation field to another table.
23                                                             # Supported: one-to-one, many-to-many, one-to-many, many-to-one.
24            relation_fields:                                 # Array of fields from relation record we must to index.
25                -
26                    name: name                               # related entity field name to index
27                    target_type: text                        # related entity field name type
28                    target_fields: [manufacturer, all_data]  # target fields to store field index
29                -
30                    name: id
31                    target_type: integer
32                    target_fields: [manufacturer]
33        -
34            name: categories
35            relation_type: many-to-many
36            relation_fields:
37                -
38                    name: name
39                    target_type: text
40                    target_fields: [all_data]

Search Engine Configuration

The search bundle provides the ability to use different search engines through the common interface.

Used search engine is defined in the configuration under oro_search.engine key. To make engine work, at least one bundle must have s file with the Resources/config/oro/search_engine/<engine_name>.yml name that contains the configuration of search engine services that will be added to container services.

To make the engine work, two services must be defined in the engine configuration:

  • search service must implement Oro\Bundle\SearchBundle\Engine\EngineInterface.

  • indexer service must implement Oro\Bundle\SearchBundle\Engine\IndexerInterface.

To make implementation easier, there are abstract classes Oro\Bundle\SearchBundle\Engine\AbstractEngine and Oro\Bundle\SearchBundle\Engine\AbstractIndexer that provide useful functionality (such as logging, queuing etc).

If the search engine requires some additional parameters (credentials, index configuration etc.), then they can be passed through the configuration using the oro_search.engine_parameters key, so these parameters can be injected into search services.

Also, engine configuration can override existing services to support some specific use cases of the search engine (e.g. ORM engine overrides index listener to support single flush).

Datagrid Configuration

The SearchBundle supplies a datasource that can be used interchangeably with the default ORM datasource. This datasource feeds pure search index data, bypassing the default DBMS, thus allowing pure index storage layer driven datagrids to be built.

The following is an example of a DatagridBundle’s configuration entry in the Resources/config/oro/datagrids.yml file that builds a simple user datagrid using search index data only:

 1 user-search-grid:
 2     source:
 3         type: search
 4         query:
 5             select:
 6                 - text.username as name
 7                 -
 8             from:
 9                 - oro_user
10     columns:
11         name:
12             label: oro.user.username.label
13             data_name: name
14         email:
15             label:
16             data_name: email
17     sorters:
18         columns:
19             name:
20                 data_name: username
21                 type: string
22             email:
23                 data_name: email
24                 type: string
25         default:
26             name: ASC
27     filters:
28         columns:
29             quick_search:
30                 label: 'Quick search'
31                 type: string
32                 data_name: all_text
33             name:
34                 type: string
35                 data_name: username
36             email:
37                 type: string
38                 data_name: email
39     properties:
40         id: ~
41         view_link:
42             type: url
43             route: oro_user_view
44             params:
45                 - id
46         update_link:
47             type: url
48             route: oro_user_update
49             params:
50                 - id
51         delete_link:
52             type: url
53             route: oro_api_delete_user
54             params:
55                 - id
56     actions:
57         view:
58             type:          navigate
59             label:         oro.grid.action.view
60             link:          view_link
61             icon:          eye
62             acl_resource:  oro_user_user_view
63             rowAction:     true
64         update:
65             type:          navigate
66             label:         oro.grid.action.update
67             link:          update_link
68             icon:          edit
69             acl_resource:  oro_user_user_update
70         delete:
71             type:          delete
72             label:         oro.grid.action.delete
73             link:          delete_link
74             icon:          trash
75             acl_resource:  oro_user_user_delete