Welcome to Haystack!

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.


This documentation represents Haystack 2.x. For old versions of the documentation: 1.2, 1.1.

Advanced Uses

Once you’ve got Haystack working, here are some of the more complex features you may want to include in your application.


Finally, if you’re looking to help out with the development of Haystack, the following links should help guide you on running tests and creating additional backends:


Haystack has a relatively easily-met set of requirements.

  • Python 2.7+ or Python 3.3+
  • Django 1.6+

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