Zinc Search Engine

    Zinc is a search engine that does full text indexing. It is a lightweight alternative to Elasticsearch and runs using a fraction of the resources. It uses bluge as the underlying indexing library.

    It is very simple and easy to operate as opposed to Elasticsearch which requires a couple dozen knobs to understand and tune which you can get up and running in 2 minutes

    It is a drop-in replacement for Elasticsearch if you are just ingesting data using APIs and searching using kibana (Kibana is not supported with zinc. Zinc provides its own UI).

    Check the below video for a quick demo of Zinc.

    Zinc Youtube

    Playground Server

    You could try ZincSearch without installing using below details:

    User ID admin
    Password Complexpass#123

    Note: Do not store sensitive data on this server as its available to everyone on internet. Data will also be cleaned on this server regularly.

    Join slack channel


    Why zinc

    While Elasticsearch is a very good product, it is complex and requires lots of resources and is more than a decade old. I built Zinc so it becomes easier for folks to use full text search indexing without doing a lot of work.


    1. Provides full text indexing capability
    2. Single binary for installation and running. Binaries available under releases for multiple platforms.
    3. Web UI for querying data written in Vue
    4. Compatibility with Elasticsearch APIs for ingestion of data (single record and bulk API)
    5. Out of the box authentication
    6. Schema less - No need to define schema upfront and different documents in the same index can have different fields.
    7. Index storage in s3 and minio (experimental)
    8. aggregation support

    Roadmap items:

    1. High Availability
    2. Distributed reads and writes
    3. Geosptial search
    4. Raise an issue if you are looking for something.


    Search screen

    Search screen 1 Search screen for games

    User management screen

    Users screen

    Getting started

    Download / Installation / Run

    Check installation installation docs

    Data ingestion

    Single record

    Check single record ingestion docs

    Bulk ingestion

    Check bulk ingestion docs

    Fluent bit

    Check fluet-bit ingestion docs


    Check syslog-ng ingestion docs

    API Reference

    Check Zinc API docs

    How to develop and contribute to Zinc

    Check the contributing guide

    Who uses Zinc (Known users)?

    1. Quadrantsec

    Please do raise a PR adding your details if you are using Zinc.


    Zinc Search engine. A lightweight alternative to elasticsearch that requires minimal resources, written in Go.

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