Getting Started

You need to have at least Java 1.8. and have properly configured JAVA_HOME to point to your Java installation directory. For example on MacOS you can define in your ~/.bash_profile file:

export JAVA_HOME=`/usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.8`

Start FSCrawler

Start FSCrawler with:

bin/fscrawler job_name

FSCrawler will read a local file (default to ~/.fscrawler/{job_name}/_settings.json). If the file does not exist, FSCrawler will propose to create your first job.

$ bin/fscrawler job_name
18:28:58,174 WARN  [f.p.e.c.f.FsCrawler] job [job_name] does not exist
18:28:58,177 INFO  [f.p.e.c.f.FsCrawler] Do you want to create it (Y/N)?
y
18:29:05,711 INFO  [f.p.e.c.f.FsCrawler] Settings have been created in [~/.fscrawler/job_name/_settings.json]. Please review and edit before relaunch

Create a directory named /tmp/es or c:\tmp\es, add some files you want to index in it and start again:

$ bin/fscrawler --config_dir ./test job_name
18:30:34,330 INFO  [f.p.e.c.f.FsCrawlerImpl] Starting FS crawler
18:30:34,332 INFO  [f.p.e.c.f.FsCrawlerImpl] FS crawler started in watch mode. It will run unless you stop it with CTRL+C.
18:30:34,682 INFO  [f.p.e.c.f.FsCrawlerImpl] FS crawler started for [job_name] for [/tmp/es] every [15m]

If you did not create the directory, FSCrawler will complain until you fix it:

18:30:34,683 WARN  [f.p.e.c.f.FsCrawlerImpl] Error while indexing content from /tmp/es: /tmp/es doesn't exists.

You can also run FSCrawler without arguments. It will give you the list of existing jobs and will allow you to choose one:

$ bin/fscrawler
18:33:00,624 INFO  [f.p.e.c.f.FsCrawler] No job specified. Here is the list of existing jobs:
18:33:00,629 INFO  [f.p.e.c.f.FsCrawler] [1] - job_name
18:33:00,629 INFO  [f.p.e.c.f.FsCrawler] Choose your job [1-1]...
1
18:33:06,151 INFO  [f.p.e.c.f.FsCrawlerImpl] Starting FS crawler

Searching for docs

This is a common use case in elasticsearch, we want to search for something! ;-)

GET docs/doc/_search
{
  "query" : {
    "query_string": {
      "query": "I am searching for something !"
    }
  }
}

See Search examples for more examples.

Ignoring folders

If you would like to ignore some folders to be scanned, just add a .fscrawlerignore file in it. The folder content and all sub folders will be ignored.

For more information, read Includes and excludes.