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How to use Search in Docusaurus with Algolia Docsearch


I use Algolia Docsearch on this docs website. It is free to use on Algolia's Community plan, but you need to display Algolia's logo in your search console. Thank you Algolia! πŸ™πŸΌ

The official tutorial on how to self-host Algolia Docsearch can be found here. I use the crawler from the code base, but the Docker mode is probably easier.


When setting up the pipenv, I had some trouble running pipenv install. This command helped:

pipenv --python=/home/linuxbrew/.linuxbrew/opt/python@3.8/bin/python3

It was also helpful to change the required Python version in the Pipfile to the version I had. In my case, it was 3.8.5.

You can create your config file using their bootstrap or create one based off of the Docusaurus v2 config file.

As a result, my config.json is something like this:

"index_name": "",
"start_urls": [""],
"sitemap_urls": [""],
"sitemap_alternate_links": true,
"stop_urls": [
"selectors": {
"lvl0": {
"selector": "(//ul[contains(@class,'menu__list')]//a[contains(@class, 'menu__link menu__link--sublist menu__link--active')]/text() | //nav[contains(@class, 'navbar')]//a[contains(@class, 'navbar__link--active')]/text())[last()]",
"type": "xpath",
"global": true,
"default_value": "Documentation"
"lvl1": "header h1",
"lvl2": "article h2",
"lvl3": "article h3",
"lvl4": "article h4",
"lvl5": "article h5, article td:first-child",
"lvl6": "article h6",
"text": "article p, article li, article td:last-child"
"strip_chars": " .,;:#",
"custom_settings": {
"separatorsToIndex": "_",
"attributesForFaceting": ["language", "version", "type", "docusaurus_tag"],
"attributesToRetrieve": [
"nb_hits": 1110


If you have the config.json file in your root directory, run:

pipenv shell

then run

./docsearch run ./config.json

Make sure you have the ./ before config.json because ./ indicates the current directory. Running ./docsearch run config.json without the ./ will not work.

When you put the Algolia information into your docusaurus.config.js, make sure you put in the appId as well as the apiKey and indexName. You can see what I mean in this pull request or this commit for the pull request.

A live example of how to configure Algolia in docusaurus.config.js is available here:

  themeConfig: {
algolia: {
apiKey: 'f2899fea0369aeea336963e48a0e46dc',
indexName: 'standardnotes',