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Salesforce Lucene Implementation


My company has been very frustrated by the current salesforce search functionality (including advanced search). 

We'd like for the search terms found in returned records to be highlighted and displayed in the results.  Currently, if a search term is found at the end of a field, even if the field is displayed in search results, you have to open the record up in a new window to understand the context.

We use Lucene (the java based open-source search software) on our own web app and we're wondering how difficult it would be to implement a Lucene based search app for salesforce.  Has anyone developed something like this in the past?  I can't find anything on the app exchange currently, but I think there was a salesforce/lucene implementation a couple of years ago.

How would you go about implementing something like this?  Are there better options I don't know about?

Kingfish Group
Guillaume Minero 8Guillaume Minero 8
Coveo's listing on the appexchange ( allows you to do so. There is the free version, which queries Salesforce's index via an API, thus bound to the limitations of the index itself, and there is also a Pro and Enterprise version, which has its Own index that offers the fucntionalities you have mentioned and much more.Furthere details can be found here (