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The Electron website has a new search engine that delivers instant results for API docs, tutorials, Electron-related npm packages, and more.

Electron Search Screenshot

Learning a new technology or framework like Electron can be intimidating. Once you get past the quick-start phase, it can be difficult to learn best practices, find the right APIs, or discover the tools that will help you build the app of your dreams. We want the Electron website to be a better tool for finding the resources you need to build apps faster and more easily.

Visit any page on electronjs.org and you'll find the new search input at the top of the page.

The Search Engine

When we first set about adding search to the website, we rolled our own search engine using GraphQL as a backend. GraphQL was fun to work with and the search engine was performant, but we quickly realized that building a search engine is not a trivial task. Things like multi-word search and typo detection require a lot of work to get right. Rather than reinventing the wheel, we decided to use an existing search solution: Algolia.

Algolia is a hosted search service that has quickly become the search engine of choice among popular open source projects like React, Vue, Bootstrap, Yarn, and many others.

Here are some of the features that made Algolia a good fit for the Electron project:

  • InstantSearch.js provides results as you type, usually in about 1ms.
  • Typo tolerance означает, что вы все равно получите результаты, даже когда вы вводите [widnow].
  • Advanced query syntax enables "exact quoted matches" and -exclusion.
  • API clients are open source and with well-documented.
  • Analytics tell us what people are searching for most, as well as what they're searching for but not finding. This will give us valuable insight into how Electron's documentation can be improved.
  • Algolia is free for open source projects.

API Docs

Sometimes you know what you want to accomplish, but you don't know exactly how to do it. Electron имеет более 750 API методов, событий и свойств. Ни один человек не может легко запомнить их все, но компьютеры хороши в этом деле. Using Electron's JSON API docs, we indexed all of this data in Algolia, and now you can easily find the exact API you're looking for.

Trying to resize a window? Поиск [resize] и прыжок прямо к нужному методу.


Electron has an ever-growing collection of tutorials to complement its API documentation. Now you can more easily find tutorials on a given topic, right alongside related API documentation.

Looking for security best practices? Поиск [security].

npm Packages

There are now over 700,000 packages in the npm registry and it's not always easy to find the one you need. To make it easier to discover these modules, we've created electron-npm-packages, a collection of the 3400+ modules in the registry that are built specifically for use with Electron.

Люди в библиотеках. o создал SourceRank, система для оценки проектов программного обеспечения на основе сочетания таких метрик, как код, сообщество, документация и использование. Мы создали [исходные тексты] модуль, который включает оценку каждого модуля в реестре npm, и мы используем эти результаты для сортировки результатов.

Want alternatives to Electron's built-in IPC modules? Поиск is:package ipc.

Приложения Electron

It's easy to index data with Algolia, so we added the existing apps list from electron/apps.

Попробуйте найти [музыку] или [homebrew].

Filtering Results

If you've used GitHub's code search before, you're probably aware of its colon-separated key-value filters like extension:js or user:defunkt. We think this filtering technique is pretty powerful, so we've added an is: keyword to Electron's search that lets you filter results to only show a single type:

Keyboard Navigation

People love keyboard shortcuts! The new search can be used without taking your fingers off the keyboard:

  • / focuses the search input
  • esc focuses the search input and clears it
  • down moves to the next result
  • up moves to the previous result, or the search input
  • enter opens a result

We also open-sourced the module that enables this keyboard interaction. It's designed for use with Algolia InstantSearch, but is generalized to enable compatibility with different search implementations.

We want your feedback

If you encounter any issues with the new search tool, we want to hear about it!

The best way to submit your feedback is by filing an issue on GitHub in the appropriate repository:


Special thanks to Emily Jordan and Vanessa Yuen for building these new search capabilities, to Libraries.io for providing SourceRank scores, and to the team at Algolia for helping us get started. 🍹