Lucene - Searching Classes


The process of Searching is again one of the core functionalities provided by Lucene. Its flow is similar to that of the indexing process. Basic search of Lucene can be made using the following classes which can also be termed as foundation classes for all search related operations.

Searching Classes

Following is a list of commonly-used classes during searching process.

S.No. Class & Description
1 IndexSearcher

This class act as a core component which reads/searches indexes created after the indexing process. It takes directory instance pointing to the location containing the indexes.

2 Term

This class is the lowest unit of searching. It is similar to Field in indexing process.

3 Query

Query is an abstract class and contains various utility methods and is the parent of all types of queries that Lucene uses during search process.

4 TermQuery

TermQuery is the most commonly-used query object and is the foundation of many complex queries that Lucene can make use of.

5 TopDocs

TopDocs points to the top N search results which matches the search criteria. It is a simple container of pointers to point to documents which are the output of a search result.