WP Search with Algolia


Improve search on your site. Autocomplete is included, along with full control over look, feel and relevance.


  • Relevant search results in milliseconds
  • Native typo-tolerance
  • Is language-agnostic
  • Offers hooks and filters for easy customization
  • Built by developers, for developers

This plugin requires API keys from Algolia. API keys are free for small personal projects and non-commercial use. Learn more about commercial use pricing.


This plugin is a derivative work of the code from the Search by Algolia – Instant & Relevant results plugin for WordPress, which is licensed under the GPLv2.


  • Algolia Settings
  • Search Page Settings
  • Autocomplete Settings
  • InstantSearch Dropdown
  • Search Results


If you have the Search by Algolia – Instant & Relevant results plugin installed, please deactivate it first.

From your WordPress dashboard:

  1. Visit Plugins > Add New
  2. Search for “WP Search with Algolia”
  3. Activate WP Search with Algolia from your Plugins page
  4. Click on the new menu item “Algolia Search” and enter your API keys
  5. Read the step by step configuration guide


Is this plugin a fork?

Yes. The Algolia Team no longer supports their original plugin. The engineering team at WebDevStudios has forked the original plugin, and is now maintaining it.

Should I switch to this plugin?

Yes. Because Algolia no longer supports their plugin, you will no longer receive updates. WebDevStudios uses Algolia on many of it’s projects, and is committed to maintaining this plugin for years to come.

How do I switch from the “Search by Algolia – Instant & Relevant results” plugin?

  1. Deactivate the Search by Algolia – Instant & Relevant results plugin
  2. Follow the installation instructions
  3. Activate WP Search with Algolia
  4. Check for your API Keys. They should already be there, if not, enter them and then save settings
  5. Delete the Search by Algolia – Instant & Relevant results plugin

What are the minimum requirements?

  • Requires WordPress 5.0+
  • PHP version 7.2 or greater (PHP 7.3 is recommended)
  • MySQL version 5.0 or greater (MySQL 5.6 or greater is recommended)
  • cURL PHP extension
  • mbstring PHP extension
  • OpenSSL greater than 1.0.1
  • Some payment gateways require fsockopen support (for IPN access)

Visit the WP Search with Algolia server requirements documentation for a detailed list of server requirements.

Where can I find WP Search with Algolia documentation and user guides?

Will it work with my theme?

Yes. This plugin should work with most themes that do not override the default WordPress search behavior. Instant Search results page may require some styling to make it match nicely. See the Search Page Customization.

Where can I report bugs, request features, or contribute to the project?

All development is handled on GitHub.

About Algolia

Algolia offers its Search as a Service provider on a incremental payment program, including a free Community Plan which includes 10,000 records & 50,000 operations per month. Beyond that, plans start at $29/month.

About WebDevStudios

WebDevStudios provides end-to-end WordPress opportunities from strategy and planning to website design and development, as well as full data migration, extensive API integrations, scalability, performance and long-term guidance and maintenance. We have service options and solutions for start-ups, small to mid-size businesses, enterprise organizations and marketing agencies.


26 2649 April 2649 000000 2021
I am using this plugin since its initial release and I never had any problems. I am happy someone took over the work of maintaining this plugin from Algolia, the user experience compared to the default WordPress search engine is much better.
4 0434 November 0434 000000 2020
The pagination and results do not show correctly. Tried opening a support thread a few months back to resolve but no luck. Would be happy to pay for support.
8 0853 October 0853 000000 2020
Thank you guys for this plugin!!! It works perfectly!
11 1155 August 1155 000000 2020
I'm absolutely in love with this plugin. Algolia search by itself is amazing. This plugin makes it a breeze to index the exact content I want.
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Contributors & Developers

“WP Search with Algolia” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



Follow along with the changelog on Github.


  • Add algolia_update_records filter to allow inspection and filtering records during update operation.
  • Add algolia_re_index_records filter to allow inspection and filtering records during re-index operation.
  • Catch some Aloglia PHP Client exceptions that were previously uncaught during record updating and re-indexing.
  • Fix an issue where SearchIndex::saveObjects was called twice during re-index operations.
  • Update Algolia PHP API Client to 3.1.0


  • Fix for users that enable intstantsearch but not autocomplete by adding algoliasearch client as direct dependency of both


  • Breaking changes for users with customized autocomplete.php / instantsearch.php template in their theme.
  • Update autocomplete.php and instantsearch.php templates for compatibility with new JS libs.
  • Update Algolia JavaScript API Client to 4.10.3
  • Update Algolia InstantSearch.js to 4.25.2
  • Update Algolia Autocomplete.js to 0.38.0
  • Update Algolia PHP API Client to 3.0.2


  • Focus on template versioning and update messaging
  • Add Algolia_Template_Utils class
  • Deprecate Algolia_Template_Loader::locate_template method
  • Deprecate Algolia_Plugin::get_templates_path method
  • Deprecate algolia_templates_path filter
  • Add Algolia_Update_Messages class
  • Add Algolia_Admin_Template_Notices class
  • Add Algolia_Version_Utils class


  • Remove ‘screen’ media attribute from enqueued CSS
  • Update Algolia PHP Search Client to version 2.7.3.
  • Add “exclude” methods and filters
  • Deprecate “blacklist” methods and filters
  • Fix replica RequestOptions error
  • Fix PHP 8 usort deprecation warning
  • Fix JQMIGRATE event shorthand is deprecated warnings in instantsearch.php and autocomplete.php templates
  • Add “@version” to template file headers


  • Fix deletion of post records created before indexing was enabled
  • Update Algolia PHP Search Client to version 2.7.1.
  • Add Algolia_Plugin_Factory to create and return a shared Algolia_Plugin instance
  • Add Algolia_Search_Client_Factory to return a new Algolia\AlgoliaSearch\SearchClient instance
  • Add Algolia_Http_Client_Interface_Factory to create and return a shared Php53HttpClient instance
  • Add algolia_php_53_http_client_options filter to supply cURL options to Php53HttpClient instance
  • Deprecate Algolia_Plugin:get_instance() which will be removed in an upcoming release


  • Fix an issue where Pinterest follows a link to the Algolia domain to source text and/or images
    • Move Algolia scripts to footer by default
    • Changes algolia_load_scripts_in_footer filter default argument to “true”
    • Move autocomplete.php template output to footer by default


  • Update Algolia PHP Search Client version 2.7.0.
  • Update Algolia JS libraries to most recent compatible (non-breaking) versions
    • Updates autocomplete.js to 0.37.1 (current release as of 2020-01-27)
    • Updates algoliasearch to 3.35.1 (last of the 3.x series)
    • Updates instantsearch.js to 1.12.1 (last of the 1.x series)


  • Fix an issue where, under some circumstances, when a post with a featured image was deleted, the post might be accidentally re-indexed
  • Fix bug that prevented reindex display notices
  • Add algolia_load_scripts_in_footer filter to allow enqueueing the scripts in the footer instead of in the head
  • Add new filters for multisite developers


  • Use filtered value of ‘hitsPerPage’ as ‘posts_per_page’ query param
  • Fix broken SVG
  • Add highlighting to backend search results – props @philipnewcomer


  • Minimum PHP version requirement is now PHP 7.2
  • Minimum WordPress version requirement is now WP 5.0
  • Internationalization/localization improvements, textdomain matches plugin slug
  • Addressed a potential WSOD if minimum PHP and WP version requirements were not met
  • Tested on WP 5.3


  • Initial release.