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Fess

Overview
Synopsis

Fess is very powerful and easily deployable Enterprise Search Server. Users can install and run Fess quickly on any platforms, which have Java runtime environment.

Category

Search Engine Server Free

Features

• Very Easy Installation/Configuration
• Apache License (OSS)
• OS-independent (Java Application)
• Crawler for Web/File System/DB/Windows Shared Folder
• Support many document types, such as MS Office, PDF, Zip archive,...
• Support a web page for BASIC/DIGEST/NTLM/FORM authentication
• Contain elasticsearch as a search engine (unlimited scalability)
• Provide UI as a responsive web design (support any device)
• Provide a browser based administative page (admin console)
• Support secure search (access control with LDAP/Active Directory/SSO)
• Support JSON format of search results
• Provide search/click log and statistics
• Provide auto-complete(suggest)
• Internationalization/Localization

License

Open Source

Price

Free

Pricing

Subscription

Free Trial

Available

Users Size

Small (<50 employees), Medium (50 to 1000 employees), Enterprise (>1001 employees)

Website
Company

Fess

What is best?

• Very Easy Installation/Configuration
• Apache License (OSS)
• OS-independent (Java Application)
• Crawler for Web/File System/DB/Windows Shared Folder
• Support many document types, such as MS Office, PDF, Zip archive,...
• Support a web page for BASIC/DIGEST/NTLM/FORM authentication
• Contain elasticsearch as a search engine (unlimited scalability)
• Provide UI as a responsive web design (support any device)

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Ease of use
7.6
9.7
Features & Functionality
7.6
9.5
Advanced Features
7.6
9.4
Integration
7.6
9.0
Performance
7.6
8.4
Training
6.8
Customer Support
7.6
Implementation
6.4
Renew & Recommend
10
Bottom Line

Fess is Elasticsearch-based search server, but knowledge/experience about Elasticsearch is NOT needed because of All-in-One Enterprise Search Server. Fess provides Administration GUI to configure the system on your browser.

7.6
Editor Rating
8.7
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Fess is very powerful and easily deployable Enterprise Search Server. Users can install and run Fess quickly on any platforms, which have Java runtime environment. Fess is provided under Apache license. Fess is Elasticsearch-based search server, but knowledge/experience about Elasticsearch is NOT needed because of All-in-One Enterprise Search Server. Fess provides Administration GUI to configure the system on the users’ browser. Fess also contains a crawler, which can crawl documents on Web/File System/DB and support many file formats, such as MS Office, pdf and zip. Fess can run on any operating system with Java runtime environment. Fess provides the Search Form/Results UI for Browser and Administration UI on Browser. The Search Form/Results UI for Browser allows a user to search target documents of Fess on a browser. Administration UI on Browser is an administrative UI to manage Fess server. Users can change Fess‘s behavior without rebooting the Fess. User Configuration page manages users on Fess. Managed users is able to login Fess and users which has admin role manages Fess configuration. Fess manages configuration data as indices. N2SM, Inc. provides support services for Fess, and also provides Enterprise Search Software, N2 Search, based on Fess. Fess supports JSON API response. If users want to use an additional hidden query, Fess provides ex_q request parameter. The value of ex_q is kept in search-scope. Fess supports Geo Search to search documents with location information. To perform Geo search, indexed document needs to contain values of latitude and longitude in location field. Fess supports Fuzzy search based on the Levenshtein Distance or Edit Distance algorithm.

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