JSON Response Writer

Indexing documents with JSON

See UpdateJSON

JSON Query Response Format

Solr can return the result of a query in JSON rather than the default XML format. This is enabled via the request parameter wt=json

Variations of the JSON format are supported for Python and Ruby.

Example JSON output: http://localhost:8983/solr/select/?q=video&indent=on&hl=true&hl.fl=name,features&facet=true&facet.field=cat&facet.mincount=1&wt=json

         "name":"Apple 60 GB iPod with Video Playback Black",
         "manu":"Apple Computer Inc.",
         "includes":"earbud headphones, USB cable",
          "iTunes, Podcasts, Audiobooks",
          "Stores up to 15,000 songs, 25,000 photos, or 150 hours of video",
          "2.5-inch, 320x240 color TFT LCD display with LED backlight",
          "Up to 20 hours of battery life",
          "Plays AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Audible, Apple Lossless, H.264 video",
          "Notes, Calendar, Phone book, Hold button, Date display, Photo wallet, Built-in games, JPEG photo playback, Upgradeable firmware, USB 2.0 compatibility, Playback speed control, Rechargeable capability, Battery level indication"]},
         "name":"ASUS Extreme N7800GTX/2DHTV (256 MB)",
         "manu":"ASUS Computer Inc.",
          "graphics card"],
          "NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX GPU/VPU clocked at 486MHz",
          "256MB GDDR3 Memory clocked at 1.35GHz",
          "PCI Express x16",
          "Dual DVI connectors, HDTV out, video input",
          "OpenGL 2.0, DirectX 9.0"]},
         "name":"ATI Radeon X1900 XTX 512 MB PCIE Video Card",
         "manu":"ATI Technologies",
          "graphics card"],
          "ATI RADEON X1900 GPU/VPU clocked at 650MHz",
          "512MB GDDR3 SDRAM clocked at 1.55GHz",
          "PCI Express x16",
          "dual DVI, HDTV, svideo, composite out",
          "OpenGL 2.0, DirectX 9.0"]}]
        "name":["Apple 60 GB iPod with <em>Video</em> Playback Black"],
        "features":["Stores up to 15,000 songs, 25,000 photos, or 150 hours of <em>video</em>"]},
        "features":["Dual DVI connectors, HDTV out, <em>video</em> input"]},
        "name":["ATI Radeon X1900 XTX 512 MB PCIE <em>Video</em> Card"]}}

JSON specific parameters

Using Solr's JSON output for AJAX

Note: also see Solr Client Libraries for higher level JavaScript clients for Solr.

Solr's JSON output makes parsing the response in JavaScript simple. Since JSON is a subset of JavaScript, one can use the built-in JavaScript parser to parse a JSON message.

 var rsp = eval("("+jsonResponseString+")"); 

Here is a simple functional example.

To install it, place in somewhere accessible in the same server running Solr.

For example jetty server, save the text below to webapps/ajax/ajax.html and browse to http://localhost:8983/ajax/ajax.html

<title>Solr Ajax Example</title>
<script language="Javascript">
// derived from http://www.degraeve.com/reference/simple-ajax-example.php
function xmlhttpPost(strURL) {
    var xmlHttpReq = false;
    var self = this;
    if (window.XMLHttpRequest) { // Mozilla/Safari
        self.xmlHttpReq = new XMLHttpRequest(); 
    else if (window.ActiveXObject) { // IE
        self.xmlHttpReq = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
    self.xmlHttpReq.open('POST', strURL, true);
    self.xmlHttpReq.setRequestHeader('Content-Type', 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded');
    self.xmlHttpReq.onreadystatechange = function() {
        if (self.xmlHttpReq.readyState == 4) {

    var params = getstandardargs().concat(getquerystring());
    var strData = params.join('&');

function getstandardargs() {
    var params = [
        , 'indent=on'
        , 'hl=true'
        , 'hl.fl=name,features'

    return params;
function getquerystring() {
  var form = document.forms['f1'];
  var query = form.query.value;
  qstr = 'q=' + escape(query);
  return qstr;

// this function does all the work of parsing the solr response and updating the page.
function updatepage(str){
  document.getElementById("raw").innerHTML = str;
  var rsp = eval("("+str+")"); // use eval to parse Solr's JSON response
  var html= "<br>numFound=" + rsp.response.numFound;
  var first = rsp.response.docs[0];
  html += "<br>product name="+ first.name;
  var hl=rsp.highlighting[first.id];
  if (hl.name != null) { html += "<br>name highlighted: " + hl.name[0]; }
  if (hl.features != null) { html += "<br>features highligted: " + hl.features[0]; }
  document.getElementById("result").innerHTML = html;

<form name="f1" onsubmit='xmlhttpPost("/solr/select"); return false;'>
  <p>query: <input name="query" type="text">  
  <input value="Go" type="submit"></p>
<div id="result"></div>
<p/><pre>Raw JSON String: <div id="raw"></div></pre>

<!> Potential UTF-8 encoding issue

This is a small note: In some environment, the default javascript escape() may fail to encoded non-ASCII character into the utf-8 encoded string, which will make the search failed.

To solve the problem universally, please refer the utf-8 encoding package by webtoolkit.info to write your own encoding function: http://www.webtoolkit.info/javascript-url-decode-encode.html

*For Javascript 1.5, you can use encodeURIComponent() insteads of escape(): http://www.dangrossman.info/2007/05/25/handling-utf-8-in-javascript-php-and-non-utf8-databases/

To apply the correct encode function, just replace the escape(query) in function getquerystring()

qstr = 'q=' + escape(query);

into your own escape function (e.g. my_escape())

qstr = 'q=' + my_escape(query);

More about javascript escape function: http://xkr.us/articles/javascript/encode-compare/


SolJSON (last edited 2011-03-16 20:04:02 by YonikSeeley)