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Ferret is an information retrieval library in the same vein as Apache Lucene[1].
Originally it was a full port of Lucene but it now uses it's own file format
and indexing algorithm although it is still very similar in many ways to
Lucene. Everything you can do in Lucene you should be able to do in Ferret.
For more information on Ferret, please visit the website:
[1] (
Ferret is written in C for speed. The actual C code should be fairly easy
to use in an application or bindings to a language other than Ruby.
This directory contains the Ruby bindings and tests. See ruby/README for
information on installing Ferret's Ruby bindings
If you would like to ensure that ferret keeps working on your system, add
this method to a cron daemon to run as often as you like. Every time I
check in a new version of Ferret, this script will pull down the changes
from the repository and run all of the unit tests (C and Ruby), notifying
me if anything is broken. The more people running this script the more
stable ruby will be.
To contribute code, please contact Dave Balmain at or submit
a ticket to the Ferret website[2]. If you would like to contribute financially,
please also visit the Ferret website:
[<b>David Balmain</b>] {}
[The Apache Software Foundation (Doug Cutting and friends)] Original Apache
Lucene. There have also been many other contributers to Ferret. I will start
to record them on the Ferret website.
Ferret is available under an MIT-style license.