Flowpack.ElasticSearch adaptor to support the Neos Content Repository
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In the cleanup command there was a regression introduced with 314ecac where it tried to log an object.

In ESv2 /_status was removed in favor of /_stats (see https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/2.0/breaking_20_stats_info_and_literal_cat_literal_changes.html#_index_status_api and https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/2.0/indices-status.html).


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Neos Elasticsearch Adapter

This project connects the Neos Content Repository (TYPO3CR) to Elasticsearch; enabling two main functionalities:

  • finding Nodes in Fusion / Eel by arbitrary queries
  • Full-Text Indexing of Pages and other Documents (of course including the full content)

Elastic version support

You can switch the Elastic driver by editing Settings.yaml (Flowpack.ElasticSearch.ContentRepositoryAdaptor.driver.version) with the following value:

  • 1.x to support Elastic 1.2 to 1.7
  • 2.x to support Elastic 2.x

Currently the Driver interfaces is not marked as API, and can be changed to adapt to future needs (especially the support of Elastic v5).

Relevant Packages


composer require 'flowpack/elasticsearch-contentrepositoryadaptor'
// Not required, but can be used to learn how to integration the flowpack/elasticsearch-contentrepositoryadaptor in your project
composer require 'flowpack/searchplugin'

Now, add the routes as described in the README of Flowpack.SearchPlugin as the first route in Configuration/Routes.yaml.

Then, ensure to update <your-elasticsearch>/config/elasticsearch.yml as explained below; then start Elasticsearch.

Finally, run ./flow nodeindex:build, and add the search plugin to your page. It should "just work".

Elasticsearch Configuration file elasticsearch.yml

There is a need, depending on your version of Elasticsearch, to add specific configuration to your Elasticsearch Configuration File <your-elasticsearch>/config/elasticsearch.yml.

Building up the Index

The node index is updated on the fly, but during development you need to update it frequently.

In case of a mapping update, you need to reindex all nodes. Don't worry to do that in production; the system transparently creates a new index, fills it completely, and when everything worked, changes the index alias.

./flow nodeindex:build

 # if during development, you only want to index a few nodes, you can use "limit"
./flow nodeindex:build --limit 20

 # in order to remove old, non-used indices, you should use this command from time to time:
./flow nodeindex:cleanup

Advanced Index Settings

If you need advanced settings you can define them in your Settings.yaml:

Example is from the Documentation of the used Flowpack.ElasticSearch Package


								type: 'elision'
								articles: [ 'l', 'm', 't', 'qu', 'n', 's', 'j', 'd' ]
							tokenizer: 'letter'
							filter: [ 'asciifolding', 'lowercase', 'french_stem', 'elision', 'stop' ]
							tokenizer: 'keyword'
							filter: [ 'asciifolding', 'lowercase' ]

If you use multiple client configurations, please change the default key just below the indexes.

Doing Arbitrary Queries

We'll first show how to do arbitrary Elasticsearch Queries in Fusion. This is a more powerful alternative to FlowQuery. In the long run, we might be able to integrate this API back into FlowQuery, but for now it works well as-is.

Generally, Elasticsearch queries are done using the Search Eel helper. In case you want to retrieve a list of nodes, you'll generally do:

nodes = ${Search.query(site)....execute()}

In case you just want to retrieve a single node, the form of a query is as follows:

nodes = ${q(Search.query(site)....execute()).get(0)}

To fetch the total number of hits a query returns, the form of a query is as follows:

nodes = ${Search.query(site)....count()}

All queries search underneath a certain subnode. In case you want to search "globally", you will search underneath the current site node (like in the example above).

Furthermore, the following operators are supported:

  • nodeType("Your.Node:Type")
  • exactMatch('propertyName', value); supports simple types: exactMatch('tag', 'foo'), or node references: exactMatch('author', authorNode)
  • greaterThan('propertyName', value) -- range filter with property values greater than the given value
  • greaterThanOrEqual('propertyName', value) -- range filter with property values greater than or equal to the given value
  • lessThan('propertyName', value) -- range filter with property values less than the given value
  • lessThanOrEqual('propertyName', value) -- range filter with property values less than or equal to the given value
  • sortAsc('propertyName') and sortDesc('propertyName') -- can also be used multiple times, e.g. sortAsc('tag').sortDesc(date')` will first sort by tag ascending, and then by date descending.
  • limit(5) -- only return five results. If not specified, the default limit by Elasticsearch applies (which is at 10 by default)
  • from(5) -- return the results starting from the 6th one
  • fulltext(...) -- do a query_string query on the Fulltext Index

Furthermore, there is a more low-level operator which can be used to add arbitrary Elasticsearch filters:

  • queryFilter("filterType", {option1: "value1"})

At lowest level, there is the request operator which allows to modify the request in arbitrary manner. Note that the existing request is merged with the passed-in type in case it is an array:

  • request('query.filtered.query.bool.minimum_should_match', 1)
  • request('query.filtered.query.bool', {"minimum_should_match": 1})

In order to debug the query more easily, the following operation is helpful:

  • log() log the full query on execution into the Elasticsearch log (i.e. in Data/Logs/ElasticSearch.log)

Example Queries

Finding all pages which are tagged in a special way and rendering them in an overview

Use Case: On a "Tag Overview" page, you want to show all pages being tagged in a certain way

Setup: You have two node types in a blog called Acme.Blog:Post and Acme.Blog:Tag, both inheriting from Neos.Neos:Document. The Post node type has a property tags which is of type references, pointing to Tag documents.

Fusion setup:

 # for "Tag" documents, replace the main content area.
prototype(Neos.Neos:PrimaryContent).acmeBlogTag {
	condition = ${q(node).is('[instanceof Acme.Blog:Tag]')}
	type = 'Acme.Blog:TagPage'

 # The "TagPage"
prototype(Acme.Blog:TagPage) < prototype(Neos.Fusion:Collection) {
	collection = ${Search.query(site).nodeType('Acme.Blog:Post').exactMatch('tags', node).sortDesc('creationDate').execute()}
	itemName = 'node'
	itemRenderer = Acme.Blog:SingleTag
prototype(Acme.Blog:SingleTag) < prototype(Neos.Neos:Template) {

Making OR queries

There's no OR operator provided in this package, so you need to use a custom Elasticsearch query filter for that:

....queryFilter('bool', {should: [
	{term: {tags: tagNode.identifier}},
	{term: {places: tagNode.identifier}},
	{term: {projects: tagNode.identifier}}


Aggregation is an easy way to aggregate your node data in different ways. Elasticsearch provides a couple of different types of aggregations. Check https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/current/search-aggregations.html for more info about aggregations. You can use them to get some simple aggregations like min, max or average values for your node data. Aggregations also allows you to build a complex filter for e.g. a product search or statistics.

Aggregation methods Right now there are two methods implemented. One generic aggregation function that allows you to add any kind of aggregation definition and a pre-configured fieldBasedAggregation. Both methods can be added to your TS search query. You can nest aggregations by providing a parent name.

  • aggregation($name, array $aggregationDefinition, $parentPath = NULL) -- generic method to add a $aggregationDefinition under a path $parentPath with the name $name.
  • fieldBasedAggregation($name, $field, $type = 'terms', $parentPath = '', $size = 10) -- adds a simple filed based Aggregation of type $type with name $name under path $parentPath. Used for simple aggregations like sum, avg, min, max or terms. By default 10 buckets are returned.


Add a average aggregation

To add an average aggregation you can use the fieldBasedAggregation. This snippet would add an average aggregation for a property price:

nodes = ${Search.query(site)...fieldBasedAggregation("avgprice", "price", "avg").execute()}

Now you can access your aggregations inside your fluid template with


Create a nested aggregation

In this scenario you could have a node that represents a product with the properties price and color. If you would like to know the average price for all your colors you just nest an aggregation in your TypoScript:

nodes = ${Search.query(site)...fieldBasedAggregation("colors", "color").fieldBasedAggregation("avgprice", "price", "avg", "colors").execute()}

The first fieldBasedAggregation will add a simple terms aggregation (https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/current/search-aggregations-bucket-terms-aggregation.html) with the name colors. So all different colors of your nodetype will be listed here. The second fieldBasedAggregation will add another sub-aggregation named avgprice below your colors-aggregation.

You can nest even more aggregations like this:

fieldBasedAggregation("anotherAggregation", "field", "avg", "colors.avgprice")

Add a custom aggregation

To add a custom aggregation you can use the aggregation() method. All you have to do is to provide an array with your aggregation definition. This example would do the same as the fieldBasedAggregation would do for you:

aggregationDefinition = Neos.Fusion:RawArray {
	terms = Neos.Fusion:RawArray {
		field = "color"
nodes = ${Search.query(site)...aggregation("color", this.aggregationDefinition).execute()}

Product filter

This is a more complex scenario. With this snippet we will create a full product filter based on your selected Nodes. Imagine an NodeTye ProductList with an property products. This property contains a comma separated list of sku's. This could also be a reference on other products.

prototype(Vendor.Name:FilteredProductList) < prototype(Neos.Neos:Content)
prototype(Vendor.Name:FilteredProductList) {

	// Create SearchFilter for products
	searchFilter = Neos.Fusion:RawArray {
		sku = ${String.split(q(node).property("products"), ",")}

	# Search for all products that matches your queryFilter and add aggregations
	filter = ${Search.query(site).nodeType("Vendor.Name:Product").queryFilterMultiple(this.searchFilter, "must").fieldBasedAggregation("color", "color").fieldBasedAggregation("size", "size").execute()}

    # Add more filter if get/post params are set
    searchFilter.color = ${request.arguments.color}
    searchFilter.color.@if.onlyRenderWhenFilterColorIsSet = ${request.arguments.color != ""}
    searchFilter.size = ${request.arguments.size}
    searchFilter.size.@if.onlyRenderWhenFilterSizeIsSet = ${request.arguments.size != ""}

    # filter your products
    products = ${Search.query(site).nodeType("Vendor.Name:Product").queryFilterMultiple(this.searchFilter, "must").execute()}

    # don't cache this element
	@cache {
		mode = 'uncached'
		context {
			1 = 'node'
			2 = 'site'

In the first lines we will add a new searchFilter variable and add your selected sku's as a filter. Based on this selection we will add two aggregations of type terms. You can access the filter in your template with {filter.aggregation}. With this information it is easy to create a form with some select fields with all available options. If you submit the form just call the same page and add the get parameter color and/or size. The next lines will parse those parameters and add them to the searchFilter. Based on your selection all products will be fetched and passed to your template.

Important notice

If you do use the terms filter be aware of Elasticsearchs analyze functionality for strings. You might want to disable this for all your filterable properties, or else filtering won't work on them properly:

      type: string
      defaultValue: ''
          type: "string"
          include_in_all: false
          index: 'not_analyzed'


This package adapts Elasticsearchs sorting capabilities. You can add multiple sort operations to your query. Right now there are three methods you can use:

  • sortAsc('propertyName')
  • sortDesc('propertyName')
  • sort('configuration')

Just append those method to your query like this:

# Sort ascending by property title

nodes = ${q(Search.query(site).....sortAsc("title").execute())}

# Sort for multiple properties

nodes = ${q(Search.query(site).....sortAsc("title").sortDesc("name").execute())}

# Custom sort operation

geoSorting = Neos.Fusion:RawArray {
    _geo_distance = Neos.Fusion:RawArray {
        latlng = Neos.Fusion:RawArray {
            lat = 51.512711
            lon = 7.453084
        order = "plane"
        unit = "km"
        distance_type = "sloppy_arc"
nodes = ${Search.query(site).....sort(this.geoSorting).execute()}

Check https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/current/search-request-sort.html for more configuration options.

Example with pagination and sort by distance

This is how a more complex example could look like. Imagine you a want to render a list of nodes and in addition to each node you want to display the distance to a specific point.

First of all you have to define a property in your NodeTypes.yaml for your node where to store lat/lon information's:

      type: string
          type: "geo_point"

Query your nodes in your TypoScript:

geoSorting = Neos.Fusion:RawArray {
    _geo_distance = Neos.Fusion:RawArray {
        latlng = Neos.Fusion:RawArray {
            lat = 51.512711
            lon = 7.453084
        order = "plane"
        unit = "km"
        distance_type = "sloppy_arc"
nodes = ${Search.query(site).nodeType('Vendor.Name:Retailer').sort(this.geoSorting)}

Now you can paginate that nodes in your template. To get your actually distance for each node use the GetHitArrayForNodeViewHelper:

{namespace es=Flowpack\ElasticSearch\ContentRepositoryAdaptor\ViewHelpers}

<typo3cr:widget.paginate query="{nodes}" as="paginatedNodes">
    <f:for each="{paginatedNodes}" as="singleNode">
        {singleNode.name} - <es:getHitArrayForNode queryResultObject="{nodes}" node="{singleNode}" path="sort.0" />

The ViewHelper will use \Neos\Utility\Arrays::getValueByPath() to return a specified path. So you can make use of an array or a string. Check the documentation \Neos\Utility\Arrays::getValueByPath() for more information.

Important notice

The ViewHelper GetHitArrayForNode will return the raw hit result array. The path poperty allows you to access some specific data like the the sort data. If there is only one value for your path the value will be returned. If there is more data the full array will be returned by GetHitArrayForNode-VH. So you might have to use the ForViewHelper to access your sort values.

Fulltext Search / Indexing

When searching in a fulltext index, we want to show Pages, or, generally speaking, everything which is a Document node. However, the main content of a certain Document is often not stored in the node itself, but inside its (Content) child nodes.

This is why we need some special functionality for indexing, which adds the content of the inner nodes to the Document nodes where they belong to, to a field called __fulltext and __fulltextParts.

Furthermore, we want that a fulltext match e.g. inside a headline is seen as more important than a match inside the normal body text. That's why the Document node not only contains one field with all the texts, but multiple "buckets" where text is added to: One field which contains everything deemed as "very important" (__fulltext.h1), one which is "less important" (__fulltext.h2), and finally one for the plain text (__fulltext.text). All of these fields add themselves to the Elasticsearch _all field, and are configured with different boost values.

In order to search this index, you can just search inside the _all field with an additional limitation of __typeAndSupertypes containing Neos.Neos:Document.

For a search user interface, checkout the Flowpack.SearchPlugin package


Elasticsearch offers an easy way to get query suggestions based on your query. Check https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/current/search-suggesters.html for more information about how you can build and use suggestion in your search.

Suggestion methods implemented

There are two methods implemented. suggestions is a generic one that allows to build the suggestion query of your dreams. The other method is termSuggestions and is meant for basic term suggestions. They can be added to your totaly awesome TS search query.

  • suggestions($name, array $suggestionDefinition) -- generic method to be filled with your own suggestionQuery
  • termSuggestions($term, $field = '_all', $name = 'suggestions' -- simple term suggestion query on all fields


Add a simple suggestion to a query

Simple suggestion that returns a suggestion based on the sent term

suggestions = $(Search.query(site)...termSuggestions('someTerm')}

You can access your suggestions inside your fluid template with


Add a custom suggestion

Phrase query that returns query suggestions

suggestionsQueryDefinition = Neos.Fusion:RawArray {
    text = 'some Text'
    simple_phrase = Neos.Fusion:RawArray {
        phrase = Neos.Fusion:RawArray {
            analyzer = 'body'
            field = 'bigram'
            size = 1
            real_world_error_likelihood = 0.95
suggestions = ${Search.query(site)...suggestions('my_suggestions', this.suggestionsQueryDefinition)}

Advanced: Configuration of Indexing

The default configuration supports most usecases and often may not need to be touched, as this package comes with sane defaults for all Neos data types.

Indexing of properties is configured at two places. The defaults per-data-type are configured inside Neos.ContentRepository.Search.defaultConfigurationPerType of Settings.yaml. Furthermore, this can be overridden using the properties.[....].search path inside NodeTypes.yaml.

This configuration contains two parts:

  • Underneath elasticSearchMapping, the Elasticsearch property mapping can be defined.
  • Underneath indexing, an Eel expression which processes the value before indexing has to be specified. It has access to the current value and the current node.

Example (from the default configuration):

 # Settings.yaml

        # strings should, by default, not be included in the _all field; and
        # indexing should just use their simple value.
            type: string
            include_in_all: false
          indexing: '${value}'
 # NodeTypes.yaml

        # a date should be mapped differently, and in this case we want to use a date format which
        # Elasticsearch understands
          type: DateTime
          include_in_all: false
          format: 'date_time_no_millis'
        indexing: '${(node.hiddenBeforeDateTime ? Date.format(node.hiddenBeforeDateTime, "Y-m-d\TH:i:sP") : null)}'

If your nodetypes schema defines custom properties of type DateTime, you have got to provide similar configuration for them as well in your NodeTypes.yaml, or else they will not be indexed correctly.

There are a few indexing helpers inside the Indexing namespace which are usable inside the indexing expression. In most cases, you don't need to touch this, but they were needed to build up the standard indexing configuration:

  • Indexing.buildAllPathPrefixes: for a path such as foo/bar/baz, builds up a list of path prefixes, e.g. ['foo', 'foo/bar', 'foo/bar/baz'].
  • Indexing.extractNodeTypeNamesAndSupertypes(NodeType): extracts a list of node type names for the passed node type and all of its supertypes
  • Indexing.convertArrayOfNodesToArrayOfNodeIdentifiers(array $nodes): convert the given nodes to their node identifiers.

Advanced: Fulltext Indexing

In order to enable fulltext indexing, every Document node must be configured as fulltext root. Thus, the following is configured in the default configuration:

      isRoot: true

A fulltext root contains all the content of its non-document children, such that when one searches inside these texts, the document itself is returned as result.

In order to specify how the fulltext of a property in a node should be extracted, this is configured in NodeTypes.yaml at properties.[propertyName].search.fulltextExtractor.

An example:

        fulltextExtractor: '${Indexing.extractHtmlTags(value)}'

        fulltextExtractor: ${Indexing.extractInto('h1', value)}

Fulltext Searching / Search Plugin

For a search user interface, checkout the Flowpack.SearchPlugin package

Working with Dates

As a default, Elasticsearch indexes dates in the UTC Timezone. In order to have it index using the timezone currently configured in PHP, the configuration for any property in a node which represents a date should look like this:

          type: 'date'
          format: 'date_time_no_millis'
        indexing: '${(value ? Date.format(value, "Y-m-d\TH:i:sP") : null)}'

This is important so that Date- and Time-based searches work as expected, both when using formatted DateTime strings and when using relative DateTime calculations (eg.: now, now+1d).

If you want to filter items by date, e.g. to show items with date later than today, you can create a query like this:

${...greaterThan('date', Date.format(Date.Now(), "Y-m-d\TH:i:sP"))...}

For more information on Elasticsearch's Date Formats, click here.

Working with Assets / Attachments

If you want to index attachments, you need to install the Elasticsearch Attachment Plugin. Then, you can add the following to your Settings.yaml:

            type: attachment
            include_in_all: true
          indexing: ${Indexing.indexAsset(value)}

            type: attachment
            include_in_all: true
          indexing: ${Indexing.indexAsset(value)}

Configurable Elasticsearch Mapping

(included in version >= 2.1)

If you want to fine-tune the indexing and mapping on a more detailed level, you can do so in the following way.

First, configure the index settings as you need them, e.g. configuring analyzers:

        'neoscontentrepository': # This index name must be the same as in the Neos.ContentRepository.Search.elasticSearch.indexName setting
                type: 'elision'
                articles: [ 'l', 'm', 't', 'qu', 'n', 's', 'j', 'd' ]
                tokenizer: 'letter'
                filter: [ 'asciifolding', 'lowercase', 'french_stem', 'elision', 'stop' ]
                tokenizer: 'keyword'
                filter: [ 'asciifolding', 'lowercase' ]

Then, you can change the analyzers on a per-field level; or e.g. reconfigure the _all field with the following snippet in the NodeTypes.yaml. Generally this works by defining the global mapping at [nodeType].search.elasticSearchMapping:

        index_analyzer: custom_french_analyzer
        search_analyzer: custom_french_analyzer

Change the default Elastic index name

If you need to run serveral (different) neos instances on the same elasticsearch server you will need to change the Configuration/Settings.yaml indexName for each of your project.

So ./flow nodeindex:build or ./flow nodeindex:cleanup won't overwrite your other sites index.

        indexName: useMoreSpecificIndexName


In order to understand what's going on, the following commands are helpful:

  • use ./flow nodeindex:showMapping to show the currently defined Elasticsearch Mapping
  • use the .log() statement inside queries to dump them to the Elasticsearch Log
  • the logfile Data/Logs/ElasticSearch.log contains loads of helpful information.

Version 2 vs Version 1

  • Version 1 is the initial, productive version of the Neos Elasticsearch adapter.
  • Version 2 has a dependency on Neos.ContentRepository.Search; which contains base functionality which is also relevant for other search implementations (like the SQLite based SimpleSearch).

The configuration from Version 1 to Version 2 has changed; here's what to change:


  1. Change the base namespace for configuration from Flowpack.ElasticSearch.ContentRepositoryAdaptor to Neos.ContentRepository.Search. All further adjustments are made underneath this namespace:
  2. (If it exists in your configuration:) Move indexName to elasticSearch.indexName
  3. (If it exists in your configuration:) Move log to elasticSearch.log
  4. search for mapping (inside defaultConfigurationPerType.<typeName>) and replace it by elasticSearchMapping.
  5. Inside the indexing expressions (at defaultConfigurationPerType.<typeName>), replace ElasticSearch. by Indexing..


  1. Replace elasticSearch by search. This replaces both <YourNodeType>.elasticSearch and <YourNodeType>.properties.<propertyName>.elasticSearch.
  2. search for mapping (inside <YourNodeType>.properties.<propertyName>.search) and replace it by elasticSearchMapping.
  3. Replace ElasticSeach.fulltext by Indexing
  4. Search for ElasticSearch. (inside the indexing expressions) and replace them by Indexing.

Created by Sebastian Kurfürst; contributions by Karsten Dambekalns, Robert Lemke and others.