Whether you're searching for Bobby Fischer or finding Nemo, search is a common staple of the web experience. Who has time for clicking? Get searching!


Statamic’s search engine is preconfigured to Just Work™ right out of the box. All you need to do is kick off the first pass of the indexer. Which leads us to our logical first section…


Statamic builds indexes of your content to provide lickity-split search results. If you don’t know what indexes are, that’s okay. It doesn’t really matter.

To kick off the indexer you can run php please search:update in your terminal, visit /cp/search/update, or simply perform a search in the control panel. Also, in the Control Panel you will find settings to enable automatic indexing of content. Every time a change to content is detected, that update is pushed into the index.

The Search Tag

Statamic has a Search results tag that will allow you to retrieve content based on a search query. Head over to the Search tag page for more details, but it works like this:

{{ search:results }}
    <a href="{{ url }}">{{ title }}</a>
{{ /search:results }}


Statamic’s search component comes loaded with a couple different drivers.


Zend is the default driver and it will build its index in your filesystem. The Zend driver requires no additional setup aside from having the local folder writable, and from initially indexing your content.

The Zend driver will provide you with basic search abilities. If you are looking for more flexibility/features – like field weighting, typo tolerance, etc – we recommend using the Algolia driver.


Algolia is a popular search service. It is lightning fast and highly customizable.

To enable the Algolia driver (first make sure you have an account) head to the Settings > Search page, select algolia, and enter your API credentials. That’s it.

Searching in the Control Panel

In the Control Panel, the search bar at the top of the page will allow you to search for content and will take you directly to the page to edit it.


If you are using the Algolia driver we recommend using a Javascript implementation to communicate directly with them, as this will be incredibly fast, and avoids using Statamic as a middleman. You don’t even need to worry about importing data. Statamic will handle that part when indexing.

Here’s a couple of links to get you started:

Searchable Attributes

If you’d like to restrict which fields/attributes Algolia makes searchable, you may specify “Searchable Attributes” from your Algolia index settings. You may do this from the Algolia website, or through the Control Panel’s Settings > Search page.

Please note that if you set up searchable attributes, you may only use those fields in your Search Tag’s fields parameter. Specifying any additional fields in the tag parameter will cause your tag to yield no results.

Similarly, only searchable attributes will be used when searching through the Control Panel.

Last Updated February 07, 2017

Table of Contents
  1. Overview
  2. Indexing
  3. The Search Tag
  4. Drivers
    1. Zend
    2. Algolia
  5. Searching in the Control Panel
  6. Algolia
    1. Searchable Attributes