Quick start guide

Install and start Manticore

You can install and start Manticore easily in Ubuntu, Centos, Debian, Windows and MacOS or use Manticore as a docker container.

wget https://repo.manticoresearch.com/manticore-repo.noarch.deb
sudo dpkg -i manticore-repo.noarch.deb
sudo apt update
sudo apt install manticore
sudo systemctl start manticore

Connect to Manticore

By default Manticore is waiting for your connections on:

  • port 9306 for MySQL clients
  • port 9308 for HTTP/HTTPS connections
  • port 9312 for connections from other Manticore nodes and clients based on Manticore binary API
mysql -h0 -P9306

Create an index

Let's now create an index called "products" with 2 fields:

  • title - full-text field which will contain our product's title
  • price - of type "float"
create table products(title text, price float) morphology='stem_en';
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.02 sec)

Add documents

Let's now add few documents to the index:

insert into products(title,price) values ('Crossbody Bag with Tassel', 19.85), ('microfiber sheet set', 19.99), ('Pet Hair Remover Glove', 7.99);
Query OK, 3 rows affected (0.01 sec)


Let's find one of the documents. The query we will use is 'remove hair'. As you can see it finds document with title 'Pet Hair Remover Glove' and highlights 'Hair remover' in it even though the query has "remove", not "remover". This is because when we created the index we turned on using English stemming (morphology "stem_en").

select id, highlight(), price from products where match('remove hair');
| id                  | highlight()                   | price    |
| 1513686608316989452 | Pet <strong>Hair Remover</strong> Glove | 7.990000 |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)


Let's assume we now want to update the document - change the price to 18.5. This can be done by filtering by any field, but normally you know the document id and update something based on that.

update products set price=18.5 where id = 1513686608316989453;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)


Let's now delete all documents with price lower than 10.

delete from products where price < 10;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)

Starting the server

Manticore Search server can be started in several ways, depending on how it was installed.

Starting Manticore in Linux

When Manticore Search is installed using DEB or RPM packages, the searchd process can be run and managed by operating system's init system. Most Linux versions now use systemd, while older releases use SysV init.

If you are not sure about the type of the init system your platform use, run:

ps --no-headers -o comm 1

Starting and stopping using systemd

After the installation the Manticore Search service is not started automatically. To start Manticore run the following command:

sudo systemctl start manticore

To stop Manticore run the following command:

sudo systemctl stop manticore

The Manticore service is set to run at boot. You can check it by running:

sudo systemctl is-active manticore

If you want to disable Manticore starting at boot time run:

sudo systemctl disable manticore

To enable Manticore to start at boot, run:

sudo systemctl enable manticore

searchd process logs startup information in systemd journal. If systemd logging is enabled you can view the logged information with the following command:

sudo journalctl --unit manticore

Starting and stopping using service

Manticore can be started and stopped using service commands:

sudo service manticore start
sudo service manticore stop

To enable the sysV service at boot on RedHat systems run:

chkconfig manticore on

To enable the sysV service at boot on Debian systems (including Ubuntu) run:

update-rc.d manticore defaults

Please note that searchd is started by the init system under manticore user and all files created by the server will be owned by this user. If searchd is started under ,for example, root user, the permissions of files will be changed which may lead to issues when running again searchd as service.