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InstantSearch.js is a JavaScript library for building performant and instant search experiences with Algolia.

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InstantSearch.js is a vanilla JavaScript library that lets you create an instant-search result experience using Algolia’s search API. It is part of the InstantSearch family:

InstantSearch.js | React InstantSearch | Vue InstantSearch | Angular InstantSearch | React InstantSearch Native | InstantSearch Android | InstantSearch iOS

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You should be using InstantSearch if you want to:

  • Design search experiences with best practices
  • Customize your components at will
  • Remain independent from external frameworks

Getting started

Using InstantSearch.js is as simple as adding this JavaScript code to your page:

// 1. Instantiate the search
const search = instantsearch({
  indexName: 'instant_search',
  searchClient: algoliasearch('latency', '6be0576ff61c053d5f9a3225e2a90f76'),

  // 2. Create an interactive search box
    container: '#searchbox',
    placeholder: 'Search for products',

  // 3. Plug the search results into the product container
    container: '#products',
    templates: {
      item: '{{#helpers.highlight}}{ "attribute": "name" }{{/helpers.highlight}}',

  // 4. Make the brands refinable
    container: '#brand',
    attribute: 'brand',

// 5. Start the search!

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To learn more about the library, follow the getting started guide or check how to add it to your own project.


npm install instantsearch.js algoliasearch
# or
yarn add instantsearch.js algoliasearch

TypeScript users

To use InstantSearch.js in a TypeScript environment, depending on your algoliasearch version, you need to import different types.

You still need to import these types even if you don't use InstantSearch.js with algoliasearch.

algoliasearch v4.x

This version uses types provided by both algoliasearch and @algolia/client-search.

yarn add algoliasearch@4 @algolia/client-search

algoliasearch v3.x

yarn add @types/algoliasearch@3

v3.x is deprecated and will soon no longer be supported.


The documentation is available on the Algolia website.


E-commerce Media Travel
E-commerce demo preview Media demo preview Tourism demo preview

See more demos on the website.


You can get to know InstantSearch.js on this playground.

Start by adding widgets and tweaking the display. Once you feel familiar with the library, we recommend following the getting started guide.

Browser support

We support the last two versions of major browsers (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari).

Please refer to the browser support section in the documentation to use InstantSearch.js on other browsers.


Encountering an issue? Before reaching out to support, we recommend heading to our FAQ where you will find answers for the most common issues and gotchas with the library.


We welcome all contributors, from casual to regular 💙

  • Bug report. Is something not working as expected? Send a bug report.
  • Feature request. Would you like to add something to the library? Send a feature request.
  • Documentation. Did you find a typo in the doc? Open an issue and we'll take care of it.
  • Development. If you don't know where to start, you can check the open issues that are tagged easy, the bugs or chores.

To start contributing to code, you need to:

  1. Fork the project
  2. Clone the repository
  3. Install the dependencies: yarn
  4. Run the development mode: yarn start
  5. Open the stories

Please read our contribution process to learn more.


InstantSearch.js is MIT licensed.