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How to build a MySQL-powered search engine
Posted by: Matthias Mullie
Date: July 16, 2013 04:23AM

When building Fork CMS (, we very much wanted to provide a built-in search module. There were 2 challenges, though:
* The search module would have to search in all other modules' data (which would live in other tables, in a non-generic way) at once
* The search module would have to scale well: data could grow very large

To search, we use MySQL's FullText tools. To make the search scale and be capable of searching all modules, we've created a "search index": a search-specific table where all textual data is duplicated.

How exactly we manage to implement this and scale it, is written in more details in this article:

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