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Author: Daniel Lindsley
Date: 2012/03/30

Haystack provides modular search for Django. It features a unified, familiar API that allows you to plug in different search backends (such as Solr, Elasticsearch, Whoosh, Xapian, etc.) without having to modify your code.

Haystack is BSD licensed, plays nicely with third-party app without needing to modify the source and supports advanced features like faceting, More Like This, highlighting, spatial search and spelling suggestions.

You can find more information at

Getting Help

There is a mailing list ( available for general discussion and an IRC channel (#haystack on



Haystack has a relatively easily-met set of requirements.

  • Python 2.5+
  • Django 1.2+

Additionally, each backend has its own requirements. You should refer to for more details.

Commercial Support

If you're using Haystack in a commercial environment, paid support is available from Toast Driven. Services offered include:

  • Advice/help with setup
  • Implementation in your project
  • Bugfixes in Haystack itself
  • Features in Haystack itself

If you're interested, please contact Daniel Lindsley (