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PostgreSQL and Solr

Post 2 of 3 in our series about importing data into Solr. From our Solutions Engineer, Karan Singh   If you haven’t already seen it, here’s post 1.  Hope you enjoy! -BG


Importing data from PostgreSQL into Solr is quite straightforward and we can use Data Import Handler to do it for us. PostgreSQL supports JDBC, so configuring Data Import Handler only requires following:

  1. Define a new request handler in the solrconfig.xml file.
  2. Define data source
  3. Define schema
  4. Place JDBC drivers in the solr.

Set up data import handler for PostgreSQL

Steps to make the above mentioned changes-

  1. Update solrconfig.xml to create the “dataimport” request handler, and enable Solr to read custom JARs posted in contrib/dataimporthandler/lib folder.

            Add following tags under the <config> tag so that Solr picks up the Custom JARs

            <lib dir=”${solr.install.dir:../../../..}/contrib/dataimporthandler/lib” regex=”.*\.jar” />
            <lib dir=”${solr.install.dir:../../../..}/dist/” regex=”solr-dataimporthandler-.*\.jar” />

            Define /dataimport request handler

            <!– A request handler for data import handler –>
            <requestHandler name=”/dataimport”
            <lst name=”defaults”>
            <str name=”config”>data-config.xml</str>


       2. Create data-config.xml file in the same folder as solrconfig.xml, this file will contain the connection string, the query to get data, and the details about incoming fields.

           <dataSource type=”JdbcDataSource” name=”imdb-title-rating” driver=”org.postgresql.Driver” url=”jdbc:postgresql://” user=”postgrestest” password=”test” />
           <document name=”title_rating”>
           <entity name=”rating” query=”SELECT * FROM title_ratings;”>
           <field column=”tconst” name=”tconst” />
           <field column=”averagerating” name=”averageRating” />
           <field column=”numvotes” name=”numVotes” />

    3.  Edit managed-schema file, or if it doesn’t exist, then create schema.xml file. The incoming fields defined in Step 2 need to be made recognizable by Solr. Every incoming field needs to be map it to the Solr   recognizable datatype, so that it can parse the data.

          When editing managed-schema file, then add the fields defined above –

         <field name=”tconst” type=”string” indexed=”true” stored=”true” />
         <field name=”averageRating” type=”tint” indexed=”true” stored=”true” />
         <field name=”numVotes” type=”int” indexed=”true” stored=”true” />
         <field name=”id” type=”string” indexed=”true” stored=”true” multiValued=”false” />

  4.   Download and copy jdbc driver jar for postgres to “contrib/dataimporthandler/lib” folder