Last updated by zhangyu_2100 4 years ago



Finds domain object hits for a query.

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Issues a query to the search engine and returns the result.

Normally that result (return value) is a "search result" object, which contains a subset of hits and other data, but you can ask for a different result with the result option.

The query can be specified as either a String or Closure parameter.

Options can be provided to modify the query or result.



Options affecting the search query

  • sort - The field to sort results by (default is 'SCORE'). More
  • order or direction - The sort order, only used with sort (default is 'auto'). More
Options for String queries
  • escape - Should special characters be escaped? Default is false. More
  • defaultProperty or defaultSearchProperty - The searchable property for un-prefixed terms. Default is "all". More
  • properties - The names of the class properties in which to search. More
  • defaultOperator - Either "and" or "or". Default is "and" unless set otherwise elsewhere. More
  • analyzer - The name of a query analyzer. More
  • parser or queryParser - The name of a query parser. More

Options affecting the return value

  • result - What should the method return? If defined, one of "searchResult", "top", "every" or "count". Default is "searchResult". (See Returns below)
  • offset - The 0-based start result offset (default 0)
  • max - The maximum number of results to return (default 10). Only used with result: "searchResult"
  • reload - If true, reloads the objects from the database, attaching them to a Hibernate session, otherwise the objects are reconstructed from the index. Default is false
  • withHighlighter - A Closure instance that is called for each search result hit to support highlighting. More
  • suggestQuery - Do you want a suggested query with that search result? If true or Map and result is undefined or "searchResult", adds a suggestedQuery property to the search result object. Use a Map value to define nested suggestQuery options. Use true to use the default suggestQuery options.


By default (if result is undefined) or if result is "searchResult", returns a "search result" object containing a subset of objects matching the query, with the following properties:

  • results - A List of matching domain objects
  • scores - A List of scores: one for for each entry in results
  • total - The total number of hits
  • offset - The 0-based hit object offset
  • max - The maximum number of results _requested_. Note that this may be higher than results.size() if there were fewer hits than requested
  • suggestedQuery - An alternative query String, based on spelling suggestions. _Only if suggestQuery is non-false_
If result is "every", returns every domain object hit.

If result is "top", returns the first domain object hit.

If result is "count", returns the number of hits (as if you had used countHits).

The order of the hits is either by relevance (the default) or a sort you define.

If you prefer, you can use

  • searchTop(...) instead of search(result: 'top', ...)
  • searchEvery(...) instead of search(result: 'every', ...)
  • countHits(...) instead of search(result: 'count', ...)


// Get the first page of up to 20 domain objects
// matching the query 'Chelsea Florist'
def searchResult =
    "Chelsea Florist",
    [offset: 0, max: 20]
assert searchResult instanceof Map
println "${} hits:"
for (i in 0..<searchResult.results.size()) {
    println "${searchResult.offset + i + 1}: " +
        "${searchResult.results[i].toString()} " +
        "(score ${searchResult.scores[i]})"

// Find the lowest priced product matching the query
// '(laser OR L.A.S.E.R.) beam'
def product =
    "(laser OR L.A.S.E.R.) beam", 
    [sort: 'price', order: 'asc', result: 'top']
assert product instanceof Product

// Get all Articles that contain the terms 
// 'police' OR 'doughnut', giving a higher score
// to items matching 'doughnut', and load from DB
def articles =
    "Police doughnut^2.0",
    [reload: true, result: 'every']
assert articles.each { it instanceof Product }

// Count the number of domain objects matching 'cow pie'
def count = searchableService.countHits("cow pie")
println "There are ${count} hits for query 'cow pie'"

// Find other objects like the identified Book
def searchResult = searchableService.moreLikeThis(
    class: Book, id: 2l
assert searchResult instanceof Map
println "${searchResult?.results?.size()} similar items found"

// Check the spelling in a query
def suggestedQuery = Song.suggestQuery("living on a preyer")
println "Did you mean ${suggestedQuery}?"

// Get a "search result" object for the given
// closure-defined query across all
// searchable class instances
def searchResult = {
    fuzzy('name', 'lundon')

// Get every Book relevant to the closure-defined query and
// highlight the "title" and "summary" properties,
// keeping the highlights in a separate List
def highlights = []
def bookHighlighter = { highlighter, index, sr ->
    highlights[index] = [
        title: highlighter.fragment("title"),
        summary: highlighter.fragment("summary")
def books = 'every', withHighlighter: bookHighlighter) {
    gt('averageReview', 3)
    queryString('learning techniques')

// With typical suggested query
def searchResult ="lambda", suggestQuery: true)
println "did you mean ${searchResult.suggestedQuery}?"

// With suggested query, non-default options
def searchResult ="bacon", suggestQuery: [escape: true, userFriendly: false])
println "did you mean ${searchResult.suggestedQuery}?"