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    MeiliSearch JavaScript

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    The MeiliSearch API client written for JavaScript

    MeiliSearch JavaScript is the MeiliSearch API client for JavaScript developers.

    MeiliSearch is an open-source search engine. Discover what MeiliSearch is!

    Table of Contents

    📖 Documentation

    See our Documentation or our API References.

    🔧 Installation

    We only guarantee that the package works with node >= 12 and node < 15.

    With npm:

    npm install meilisearch

    With yarn:

    yarn add meilisearch

    🏃‍♀️ Run MeiliSearch

    There are many easy ways to download and run a MeiliSearch instance.

    For example, if you use Docker:

    docker pull getmeili/meilisearch:latest # Fetch the latest version of MeiliSearch image from Docker Hub
    docker run -it --rm -p 7700:7700 getmeili/meilisearch:latest ./meilisearch --master-key=masterKey

    NB: you can also download MeiliSearch from Homebrew or APT.


    Depending on the environment on which you are using MeiliSearch, imports may differ.

    Import Syntax

    Usage in a ES module environment:

    import { MeiliSearch } from 'meilisearch'
    const client = new MeiliSearch({
      host: '',
      apiKey: 'masterKey',

    Include Script Tag

    Usage in an HTML (or alike) file:

    <script src=''></script>
      const client = new MeiliSearch({
        host: '',
        apiKey: 'masterKey',

    Require Syntax

    Usage in a back-end node environment

    const { MeiliSearch } = require('meilisearch')
    const client = new MeiliSearch({
      host: '',
      apiKey: 'masterKey',

    React Native

    To make this package work with React Native, please add the react-native-url-polyfill.

    🎬 Getting Started

    Add Documents

    const { MeiliSearch } = require('meilisearch')
    // Or if you are in a ES environment
    import { MeiliSearch } from 'meilisearch'
    ;(async () => {
      const client = new MeiliSearch({
        host: '',
        apiKey: 'masterKey',
      // An index is where the documents are stored.
      const index = client.index('movies')
      const documents = [
          { id: 1, title: 'Carol', genres: ['Romance', 'Drama'] },
          { id: 2, title: 'Wonder Woman', genres: ['Action', 'Adventure'] },
          { id: 3, title: 'Life of Pi', genres: ['Adventure', 'Drama'] },
          { id: 4, title: 'Mad Max: Fury Road', genres: ['Adventure', 'Science Fiction'] },
          { id: 5, title: 'Moana', genres: ['Fantasy', 'Action']},
          { id: 6, title: 'Philadelphia', genres: ['Drama'] },
      // If the index 'movies' does not exist, MeiliSearch creates it when you first add the documents.
      let response = await index.addDocuments(documents)
      console.log(response) // => { "updateId": 0 }

    With the updateId, you can check the status (enqueued, processed or failed) of your documents addition using the update endpoint.

    Basic Search

    // MeiliSearch is typo-tolerant:
    const search = await'philoudelphia')


      "hits": [
          "id": "6",
          "title": "Philadelphia",
          "genres": ["Drama"]
      "offset": 0,
      "limit": 20,
      "nbHits": 1,
      "processingTimeMs": 1,
      "query": "philoudelphia"

    Custom Search

    All the supported options are described in the search parameters section of the documentation.

        attributesToHighlight: ['*'],
        filters: 'id >= 1'
      "hits": [
          "id": 2,
          "title": "Wonder Woman",
          "genres": ["Action", "Adventure"],
          "_formatted": {
            "id": 2,
            "title": "<em>Wonder</em> Woman",
            "genres": ["Action", "Adventure"]
      "offset": 0,
      "limit": 20,
      "nbHits": 1,
      "processingTimeMs": 0,
      "query": "wonder"

    Placeholder Search

    Placeholder search makes it possible to receive hits based on your parameters without having any query (q). To enable faceted search on your dataset you need to add genres in the settings.

        facetFilters: ['genres:fantasy'],
        facetsDistribution: ['genres']
      "hits": [
          "id": 2,
          "title": "Wonder Woman",
          "genres": ["Action","Adventure"]
          "id": 5,
          "title": "Moana",
          "genres": ["Fantasy","Action"]
      "offset": 0,
      "limit": 20,
      "nbHits": 2,
      "processingTimeMs": 0,
      "query": "",
      "facetsDistribution": {
        "genres": {
          "Drama": 0,
          "Action": 2,
          "Science Fiction": 0,
          "Fantasy": 1,
          "Romance": 0,
          "Adventure": 1

    Abortable Search

    You can abort a pending search request by providing an AbortSignal to the request.

    const controller = new AbortController()
      .search('wonder', {}, 'POST', {
        signal: controller.signal,
      .then((response) => {
        /** ... */
      .catch((e) => {
        /** Catch AbortError here. */

    🤖 Compatibility with MeiliSearch

    This package only guarantees the compatibility with the version v0.20.0 of MeiliSearch.

    💡 Learn More

    The following sections may interest you:

    This repository also contains more examples.

    ⚙️ Development Workflow and Contributing

    Any new contribution is more than welcome in this project!

    If you want to know more about the development workflow or want to contribute, please visit our contributing guidelines for detailed instructions!

    📜 API Resources


    • Make a search request:

    client.index<T>('xxx').search(query: string, options: SearchParams = {}, method: 'POST' | 'GET' = 'POST', config?: Partial<Request>): Promise<SearchResponse<T>>


    • List all indexes:

    client.listIndexes(): Promise<IndexResponse[]>

    • Create new index:

    client.createIndex<T>(uid: string, options?: IndexOptions): Promise<Index<T>>

    • Create a local reference to an index:

    client.index<T>(uid: string): Index<T>

    • Get an index:

    client.getIndex<T>(uid: string): Index<T>

    • Get or create index if it does not exist

    client.getOrCreateIndex<T>(uid: string, options?: IndexOptions): Promise<Index<T>>

    • Get Index information:

    index.getRawInfo(): Promise<IndexResponse>

    • Update Index:

    client.updateIndex(uid): Promise<Index> Or using the index object: index.update(data: IndexOptions): Promise<Index>

    • Delete Index:

    client.deleteIndex(uid): Promise<void> Or using the index object: index.delete(): Promise<void>

    • Get specific index stats

    index.getStats(): Promise<IndexStats>

    • Return Index instance with updated information:

    index.fetchInfo(): Promise<Index>

    • Get Primary Key of an Index:

    index.fetchPrimaryKey(): Promise<string | undefined>


    • Get One update info:

    index.getUpdateStatus(updateId: number): Promise<Update>

    • Get all updates info:

    index.getAllUpdateStatus(): Promise<Update[]>

    • Wait for pending update:

    index.waitForPendingUpdate(updateId: number, { timeOutMs?: number, intervalMs?: number }): Promise<Update>


    • Add or replace multiple documents:

    index.addDocuments(documents: Document<T>[]): Promise<EnqueuedUpdate>

    • Add or update multiple documents:

    index.updateDocuments(documents: Document<T>[]): Promise<EnqueuedUpdate>

    • Get Documents:

    index.getDocuments(params: getDocumentsParams): Promise<Document<T>[]>

    • Get one document:

    index.getDocument(documentId: string): Promise<Document<T>>

    • Delete one document:

    index.deleteDocument(documentId: string | number): Promise<EnqueuedUpdate>

    • Delete multiple documents:

    index.deleteDocuments(documentsIds: string[] | number[]): Promise<EnqueuedUpdate>

    • Delete all documents:

    index.deleteAllDocuments(): Promise<Types.EnqueuedUpdate>


    • Get settings:

    index.getSettings(): Promise<Settings>

    • Update settings:

    index.updateSettings(settings: Settings): Promise<EnqueuedUpdate>

    • Reset settings:

    index.resetSettings(): Promise<EnqueuedUpdate>


    • Get synonyms:

    index.getSynonyms(): Promise<object>

    • Update synonyms:

    index.updateSynonyms(synonyms: object): Promise<EnqueuedUpdate>

    • Reset synonyms:

    index.resetSynonyms(): Promise<EnqueuedUpdate>


    • Get Stop Words index.getStopWords(): Promise<string[]>

    • Update Stop Words index.updateStopWords(string[]): Promise<EnqueuedUpdate>

    • Reset Stop Words index.resetStopWords(): Promise<EnqueuedUpdate>

    Ranking rules

    • Get Ranking Rules index.getRankingRules(): Promise<string[]>

    • Update Ranking Rules index.updateRankingRules(rankingRules: string[] | null): Promise<EnqueuedUpdate>

    • Reset Ranking Rules index.resetRankingRules(): Promise<EnqueuedUpdate>

    Distinct Attribute

    • Get Distinct Attribute index.getDistinctAttribute(): Promise<string | void>

    • Update Distinct Attribute index.updateDistinctAttribute(distinctAttribute: string | null): Promise<EnqueuedUpdate>

    • Reset Distinct Attribute index.resetDistinctAttribute(): Promise<EnqueuedUpdate>

    Searchable Attributes

    • Get Searchable Attributes index.getSearchableAttributes(): Promise<string[]>

    • Update Searchable Attributes index.updateSearchableAttributes(searchableAttributes: string[] | null): Promise<EnqueuedUpdate>

    • Reset Searchable Attributes index.resetSearchableAttributes(): Promise<EnqueuedUpdate>

    Displayed Attributes

    • Get Displayed Attributes index.getDisplayedAttributes(): Promise<string[]>

    • Update Displayed Attributes index.updateDisplayedAttributes(displayedAttributes: string[] | null): Promise<EnqueuedUpdate>

    • Reset Displayed Attributes index.resetDisplayedAttributes(): Promise<EnqueuedUpdate>


    • Get keys

    client.getKeys(): Promise<Keys>


    • Return true or false depending on the health of the server.

    client.isHealthy(): Promise<boolean>


    • Check if the server is healthy Promise<Health>


    • Get database stats

    client.stats(): Promise<Stats>


    • Get binary version

    client.version(): Promise<Version>


    • Trigger a dump creation process

    client.createDump(): Promise<Types.EnqueuedDump>

    • Get the status of a dump creation process

    client.getDumpStatus(dumpUid: string): Promise<Types.EnqueuedDump>

    MeiliSearch provides and maintains many SDKs and Integration tools like this one. We want to provide everyone with an amazing search experience for any kind of project. If you want to contribute, make suggestions, or just know what's going on right now, visit us in the integration-guides repository.


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