Yuca: A light-weight, in-memory, fast and simple to use search engine library.
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yuca v0.1.1

Yuca: A light-weight, in-memory, fast and simple to use search engine library.

If your app can't handle or doesn't really need installing a full featured and heavy search engine like Lucene, nor you want to depend on a SQL database for indexing and doing simple search based strings you can use Yuca to index documents under any number of arbitrary keys which can be grouped under tags.

The shared library currently weighs ~170kb without any packing optimizations, we hope to reduce the size further in the near future.



  • cmake 3.8, make
  • C++11 compiler (clang recommended)


The first time, create your Makefile with cmake

$ cmake .

then after that just build

$ make -j 8

Shared and static libraries will be available on the root folder of the project, as well as yuca_demo_shared and yuca_demo_static executables you can use to test that everything has been compiled and linked correctly with both the shared and dynamic libraries.

There's a also yuca_tests executable in case you want to make sure all the unit tests are passing.


The swig folder holds swig scripts and high level wrappers to use yuca from other programming languages, the first being java.

The current intention is to have the swig/build.sh be a one step build process to create bindings for other languages.

For now it's a very rough script that will create java bindings, currently supports bindings for Java on MacOS since we're still early in the development of the bindings. In the long run, options will be passed to build.sh to output bindings for the language and architecture of your choice.

To build JNI bingings, fist make sure to have built the C++ library as explained in the previous build instructions section and then:

$ cd swig
$ ./build.sh

This will output programatically created C++ JNI code and Java code to access the JNI native wrappers inside a swig/java folder. In there we have a java package which is Java Programmer friendly com.guacal.yuca.* In there you will find the main classes to use Yuca in your Java/Android app Indexer, Document, StringKey, SearchRequest, SearchResult.

Debug Build

If you want to build libraries with debug symbols edit CMakeLists.txt and uncomment the CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE setting,

# If you need step by step debugging, uncomment below,
# or invoke `cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug .` in the command line

you will have to execute cmake . again, perform a make clean and rebuild with make -j 8

Feedback and patches welcome

Please open an issue on the github issue tracker if you have any problems, ideas. If you feel like extending or patching, please open an issue first so that you don't waste your time coding something that might not be accepted for a good reason.

Not supported for now

  • Index serialization. For now the index is only meant to be used in-memory. Will have to think deeply on how to go about this in an incremental/decremental manner so that serialization is optimal and we don't have to save the entire index every time. Not a priority at this moment.


  • static library: yuca.lib (windows x64), yuca.a (linux x64, mac x64)
  • shared library: yuca.dll (windows x64), yuca.so (linux x64, android arm, android arm64), yuca.dylib (mac x64)


  • JNI/Java SE bindings, yuca.jar (windows x64, linux x64, mac x64)
  • JNI/Android bindings, yuca.jar (arm, arm64)
  • Javascript/NodeJS bindings
  • Python bindings
  • Go bindings
  • PHP bindings

This project is available under The MIT License, Released publicly Wed. May 9th of 2018