Algolia Search API Client for Ruby
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Algolia Search API Client for Ruby

Algolia Search is a hosted full-text, numerical, and faceted search engine capable of delivering realtime results from the first keystroke. The Algolia Search API Client for Ruby lets you easily use the Algolia Search REST API from your Ruby code.

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If you are a Ruby on Rails user, you are probably looking for the algoliasearch-rails gem.

API Documentation

You can find the full reference on Algolia's website.

Table of Contents

  1. Install

  2. Quick Start

  3. Getting Help

Getting Started


Install AlgoliaSearch using:

gem install algoliasearch

Ruby on Rails

If you're a Ruby on Rails user; you're probably looking for the algoliasearch-rails gem.

Quick Start

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

Initialize the client

You first need to initialize the client. For that you need your Application ID and API Key. You can find both of them on your Algolia account.

require 'rubygems'
require 'algoliasearch'

Algolia.init :application_id => "YourApplicationID",
             :api_key        => "YourAPIKey"

Push data

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

index ="contacts")
batch = JSON.parse("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
puts'california paint').to_json
# search for a firstname & company
puts'jimmie paint').to_json


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):

Note: 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:

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

Frontend search

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) {


Getting Help