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I'm looking for a plugin or a idea so that my WP 3.1 search engine can index PDF files. Has anyone be through that need too ?

Thanks !

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The standard WordPress search is pretty basic and only search the database, there are some plugins that extend the search functionality to search even more parts of the database like:

but they do not have the ability to search files. There is one plugin that i know of that claims to support indexing PDF and DOC files

  • Sphider for WordPress which is a bit outdated and i have tried before so you might want to check it out.

But the best solution I have used for this kind of "Job" is Google custom search that searchs PDFs and DOCs and is fairly easy to set up.

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Ok I heard about Google Custom search but I kept it as a joker answer ;) Thanks ! – Kaaviar Mar 22 '11 at 10:28

You can use SearchBlox which provides a plugin to connect the search server with Wordpress

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Thanks so much, I haven't heard about this solution before. Great posts thanks again ! – Kaaviar Mar 31 '11 at 9:10

This plugin searches inside PDF contents:


From the home page:

Index PDF content automatically

Index the PDFs within your Media library, allowing visitors to find content from those documents in your site search.

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