Using SMUI: Operations guide

Database connection

SMUI needs a database backend in order to manage and store search management rules.

Supported databases

Generally, SMUI database connection implementation is based on JDBC and only standard SQL is used, so technically every database management system supported by JDBC should work with SMUI. However, database management systems come with specific features which potentially could impact SMUI operation. SMUI has been explicitly tested (and/or productively used) with the following database management systems:

  • MySQL & MariaDB

  • PostgreSQL

  • SQLite


Where your database backend application runs, e.g. in a production environment, depends on your specific setup. Refer to the basic configuration section on how to configure your database connection.

Once the database connection has been configured, SMUI will initialize the database on first startup.

Managing rules

Managing rules via REST interface

As with SMUI’s web frontend, you are capable of leveraging its REST interface to create and update search management rules programmatically. Rules have corresponding search inputs, that they are working on. If you want to create rules programmatically it is therefore important to keep track of the input the rules should refer to.

The following example python script shows how search inputs & rules can be created programmatically. The script creates a single search input, which is subsequently be updated with one SYNONYM and one FILTER rule as an example:

import requests
import json
import uuid

SMUI_API_URL = 'http://localhost:9000'

# decide for the rule channel to append input and rules
# NOTE: A GET onto /api/v1/solr-index will result in all available indices, e.g.:
#> [{"id":"a4aaf472-c0c0-49ac-8e34-c70fef9aa8a9","name":"mySolrCore","description":"My Solr Core"}]
solr_index_id = 'a4aaf472-c0c0-49ac-8e34-c70fef9aa8a9'

# write search input (query to match the rule)
search_input = {
    'term': 'search query'
search_input_rawresult = requests.put(
    '{}/api/v1/{}/search-input'.format(SMUI_API_URL, solr_index_id),
    headers={'Content-Type': 'application/json'}
if not ('OK' in search_input_rawresult.text):
    print('Adding Search Input NOT successful. Stopping here!')
search_input_id = json.loads(search_input_rawresult.text)['returnId']
# re-read search input to have all information / data structure complete
search_input_rawresult = requests.get(
    '{}/api/v1/search-input/{}'.format(SMUI_API_URL, search_input_id),
    headers={'Content-Type': 'application/json'}
search_input = json.loads(search_input_rawresult.text)

# add SYNONYM to input
    'id': '{}'.format(uuid.uuid4()),
    'synonymType': 0, # NOTE: This creates a undirected synonym
    'term': 'synonym for query',
    'isActive': True
# add FILTER to input
    'id': '{}'.format(uuid.uuid4()),
    'term': '* searchField:filter value', # NOTE: * notation creates a filter using native Solr language
    'isActive': True
search_input_rawresult =
    '{}/api/v1/search-input/{}'.format(SMUI_API_URL, search_input_id),
    headers={'Content-Type': 'application/json'}
if not ('OK' in search_input_rawresult.text):
    print('Updating Search Input NOT successful. Stopping here!')

Importing existing rules (rules.txt)

As of version 3.3, SMUI supports importing an existing rules.txt file and adding its content to the SMUI database. The following steps outline the procedure

  • uses an existing Solr index or create a new one

  • uses the new import-from-rules-txt endpoint to upload / import a rules.txt file


curl -X PUT  -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '{"name": "mySolrCore", "description": "My Solr Core"}' http://localhost:9000/api/v1/solr-index
#> {"result":"OK","message":"Adding Search Input 'mySolrCore' successful.","returnId":"a4aaf472-c0c0-49ac-8e34-c70fef9aa8a9"}
#> a4aaf472-c0c0-49ac-8e34-c70fef9aa8a9 is the Id of new Solr index
curl -F 'rules_txt=@/path/to/local/rules.txt' http://localhost:9000/api/v1/a4aaf472-c0c0-49ac-8e34-c70fef9aa8a9/import-from-rules-txt


If you have configured SMUI with authentication, you need to pass authentication information (e.g. BasicAuth header) along the curl request.


As of version 3.3 the rules.txt import endpoint only supports SYNONYM, UP / DOWN, FILTER and DELETE rules. Redirects, other DECORATEs, as well as Input Tags will be omitted, and not be migrated using the import endpoint.

Accessing logs

The SMUI docker container outputs logs to the STDOUT. Alternatively, there is a SMUI log file under the following path (in the SMUI docker container):


Server logs can be watched using docker exec, e.g. (command line):

docker exec -it <CONTAINER_ID> tail -f /smui/logs/application.log

Running multiple instances

SMUI supports operation in a multi instance setup, with all instances sharing the same database.