Search analytics made easy
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Search analytics made easy

See it in action

  • view searches in real-time
  • track conversions week over week
  • monitor the performance of top searches

Works with any search platform, including Elasticsearch, Sphinx, and Solr

💘 An amazing companion to Searchkick

Get Started

Add this line to your application’s Gemfile:

gem "searchjoy"

And run the generator. This creates a migration to store searches.

rails generate searchjoy:install
rails db:migrate

Next, add the dashboard to your config/routes.rb.

mount Searchjoy::Engine, at: "searchjoy"

Be sure to protect the endpoint in production - see the Authentication section for ways to do this.

Track Searches

Track searches by creating a record in the database.

  search_type: "Item", # typically the model name
  query: "apple",
  results_count: 12,
  user_id: 1

With Searchkick, you can use the track option to do this automatically. "apple", track: {user_id: 1}

If you want to track more attributes, add them to the searchjoy_searches table. Then, pass the values to the track option. "apple", track: {user_id: 1, source: "web"}

It’s that easy.

Track Conversions

First, choose a conversion metric. At Instacart, an item added to the cart from the search results page counts as a conversion.

Next, when a user searches, keep track of the search id. With Searchkick, you can get the id with

When a user converts, find the record and call convert.

search = Searchjoy::Search.find(params[:id])

Better yet, record the model that converted.

item = Item.find(params[:item_id])


Don’t forget to protect the dashboard in production.


In your config/routes.rb:

authenticate :user, ->(user) { user.admin? } do
  mount Searchjoy::Engine, at: "searchjoy"

Basic Authentication

Set the following variables in your environment or an initializer.



To change the time zone, create an initializer config/initializers/searchjoy.rb with:

Searchjoy.time_zone = "Pacific Time (US & Canada)" # defaults to

Change the number of top searches shown with:

Searchjoy.top_searches = 500 # defaults to 100

Link to the search results [master]

Searchjoy.query_url = ->(search) { Rails.application.routes.url_helpers.items_path(q: search.query) }

Add additional info to the query in the live stream.

Searchjoy.query_name = ->(search) { "#{search.query} #{}" }

Show the conversion name in the live stream.

Searchjoy.conversion_name = ->(model) { }


  • customize views
  • analytics for individual queries
  • group similar queries
  • track pagination, facets, sorting, etc


Everyone is encouraged to help improve this project. Here are a few ways you can help: