Installing Manticore packages on RedHat and CentOS

Supported releases:

  • CentOS 6 and RHEL 6
  • CentOS 7 and RHEL 7
  • CentOS 8 and RHEL 8

Supported platforms:

  • x86
  • x86_64

The easiest way to install Manticore in RedHat/Centos is by using our YUM repository:

Install the repository:

yum install

Then install Manticore Search:

yum install manticore

If you prefer "Nightly" (development) versions do:

yum install
yum --enablerepo manticore-dev install manticore

You can also download individual rpm files from our site and install them using tools rpm or yum.

Apart the package, if you plan to use indexer to create indexes from external sources, you'll need to install corresponding client libraries in order to make available of indexing sources you want. The line below will install all of them at once; feel free to use it as is, or to reduce it to install only libraries you need (for only mysql sources - just mysql-libs should be enough, and unixODBC is not necessary).

yum install mysql-libs postgresql-libs expat unixODBC

Installing Manticore in Debian or Ubuntu

Supported releases:

  • Debian

    • 8.0 (Jessie)
    • 9.0 (Stretch)
    • 10.0 (Buster)
  • Ubuntu

    • 14.04 LTS (Trusty)
    • 16.04 LTS (Xenial)
    • 18.04 LTS (Bionic)
    • 20.04 LTS (Focal)

Supported platforms:

  • x86
  • x86_64

You can install Manticore by adding Manticore's APT repository to your repositories:

apt-key adv --fetch-keys ''
dpkg -i manticore-repo.noarch.deb
apt update

and then install Manticore Search with just apt install:

apt install manticore

In case you want to install "Nightly" (development) version:

apt-key adv --fetch-keys ''
dpkg -i manticore-dev-repo.noarch.deb
apt update
apt install manticore

You can also download individual .deb files from our site.

Manticore package depends on zlib and ssl libraries, nothing else is strictly required. However if you plan to use indexer to create indexes from external storages you'll need to install appropriate client libraries. To know what exactly libraries indexer requires run it and look at the top of it's output:

$ sudo -u manticore indexer
Manticore 3.5.4 13f8d08d@201211 release
Copyright (c) 2001-2016, Andrew Aksyonoff
Copyright (c) 2008-2016, Sphinx Technologies Inc (
Copyright (c) 2017-2020, Manticore Software LTD (

Built by gcc/clang v 5.4.0,

Built on Linux runner-0277ea0f-project-3858465-concurrent-0 4.19.78-coreos #1 SMP Mon Oct 14 22:56:39 -00 2019 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux


Here you can see mentions of,,, and

Below is a reference table with list of all the client libraries for different Debian/Ubuntu versions:

Distr MySQL PostgreSQL XMLpipe UnixODBC
Ubuntu Trusy
Ubuntu Xenial
Ubuntu Bionic
Ubuntu Focal
Debian Jessie
Debian Stretch
Debian Buster

To find packages that provide the libraries you can use, for example apt-file:

apt-file find
libmysqlclient20: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
libmysqlclient20: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
libmysqlclient20: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/

Note that you only need libraries for the types of storages you're going to use. So if you plan to index only from mysql then you might need to install only the MySQL library (in the above case libmysqlclient20).

Finally install the needed packages:

sudo apt-get install libmysqlclient20 libodbc1 libpq5 libexpat1

If you aren't going to use indexer tool at all, you don't need to find and install any libraries.

To enable CJK tokenization support the official packages contain binaries with embedded ICU library and include ICU data file. They are independent from any ICU runtime library which might be available on your system, and can't be upgraded.

After preparing a configuration file (see Quick start guide), you can start searchd server:

systemctl start manticore

To enable Manticore at boot:

systemctl enable manticore

Installing Manticore on MacOS

On MacOS Manticore can be installed in two ways:

Via Homebrew package manager

Bottles are available for:

  • MacOS High Sierra
  • MacOS Mojave
  • MacOS Catalina

On older versions of MacOS it will attempt to compile from sources automatically.

brew install manticoresearch

For indexing the additional dependencies that can be installed using brew are mysql@5.7, libpq, unixodbc.

Afterwards you can start Manticore as a brew service:

brew services start manticoresearch

The configuration is located at /usr/local/etc/manticore/manticore.conf.

From tarball with binaries

Download it from the website and unpack to a folder:

mkdir manticore
tar -zxvf 3.5.4-201211-13f8d08d-release-osx10.13.6-x86_64-main.tar.gz -C manticore
cd manticore
bin/searchd  -c manticore.conf

Manticore configuration file manticore.conf is located in the directory, unpacked from the tarball.