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Spyglass provides a simple search interface for Solr using EmberJS.

Update: March 2019 - We are no longer maintaining this Gem. Please contact if you would like to take over this project.

Spyglass comes with many of the search components you need to create a lightweight search interface right out of the box.

  • Searchers that return a result from a given Solr url,
  • a Search Box which is a simple input tied to its searcher,
  • Result Sets that automatically show the results returned by their searchers, and
  • Facets which toggle search parameters. Both result sets and facets are extensions of ‘SearcherObservers’ which update automatically when their linked ‘searcher’ has new objects.

For a little more background until we get a project page up go here.

Trying Spyglass

  1. Download the Spyglass binary from the releases tab.
  2. Edit the example js/app.js and index.html files to point to your Solr instance.
  3. Open the page in your browser, or deploy it to your own site.

Installing Spyglass

Running Spyglass locally allows you to easily customize the interface, and sets up a good development environment for your project.

To build Spyglass from source you will need:

  1. NPM installed
  2. Bower: npm install -g bower
  3. Grunt: npm install -g grunt-cli


  1. Navigate to the grunt folder within your cloned Spyglass repository.
  2. Run bower install
  3. Run npm install
  4. Great, now run grunt server to launch Spyglass and automatically start compiling your changes in real-time.

Now that you are set up you can also run grunt build to generate a distribution version of your app.

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