Flashlight Search

Savoir-faire Linux
Data Modeling & Business Logic

Flashlight Search is a set of modules that lets portal developers create a personalized search experience. The alternate search portlet provided by Flashlight has been designed to be fully customizable, from its user interface to the way the search results are processed.

Although it reuses Liferay's own search engine, it presents results in a totally different way.


* Application Display Templates enabled. Rewrite the whole view layer if needed.
* Reuse Web content templates to render search results
* Define how documents are rendered as search results
* Integrate as many search forms as you need in themes, without embedding any portlet
* Create your own search result processors using dynamically registered OSGi components
* (Experimental) Reuse built-in Liferay facets
* Continuous search result page with "Load More"-type behaviour
* Instanceable. The portlet may be put anywhere, any number of times.
* Provided Javascript can work without Liferay's Javascript frameworks.
* Self-documented portlet with a Help screen.


The portlet needs to be configured before any search result is displayed. Refer to the portlet's "Help" mode for a configuration guide and the portlet's "Preferences" mode to access the configuration.

The "Help" mode also contains guides for developers who may wish to override the portlet's views or behaviour.

Screenshot notes

Shown in the screenshots is a Flashlight search instance with a custom ADT laying out results side-by-side and Web contents using a template based on Liferay's Lexicon/Clay examples.
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Release Summary and Release Notes
Version Change Log Supported Framework Versions Date Added
Liferay DXP 7.0 GA1+
Liferay CE Portal 7.0 GA5+
Liferay CE Portal 7.0 GA4+
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Savoir-faire Linux
Published Date
January 09, 2018
Supported Versions

Installation Instructions

This is a Legacy App that is no longer available in the new App Marketplace. You are able to acquire it from your installed DXP or CE instance and install it by following the instructions below.

Acquiring this App through the legacy Liferay Portal Store

  1. Review app documentation for any specific installation instructions.
  2. Login to your Liferay Portal instance with administrative permissions.
  3. Navigate to the Control Panel, Marketplace (or Apps for 7.3 and prior), then Store.
  4. If needed, login to your Liferay.com account by choosing Sign In.
  5. Search for the app name in the Search dialog.
  6. Once the app is found, click on the app in the search results.
  7. On the app details page, choose to acquire the app by selecting the Free, Buy, or Trial button.
  8. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the acquisition.

Installing this App through legacy Liferay Portal Purchased Apps

  1. After acquiring the app, login to your Liferay Portal instance with administrative permissions.
  2. Navigate to the Control Panel, Marketplace (or Apps for 7.3 and prior), then Purchased.
  3. If needed, login to your Liferay.com account by choosing Sign In.
  4. Click the Install button to install your app on your Liferay Portal instance.

See the legacy App Marketplace help documentation for more information.