Lucene extension


The goal of this extension is to provide an integration between Restlet and Apache Lucene project and subprojects such as Solr and Tika.

Its main feature is to allow an application to have access to Lucene indexing capabilities in a RESTful way thanks to Solr. The other feature is to provide a TikaRepresentation leveraging Lucene Tika subproject to extract metadata from any Representation.

For additional details, please consult the Javadocs.

Solr integration

The connector contributed allows you to interact with Solr with “solr://” references the same way you would do it through HTTP : \


The CoreContainer that will be helped by the SolrClientHelper can be initialized in two different ways.

First one is to specify directory and configFile parameters.

Client solrClient = component.getClients().add(SolrClientHelper.SOLR_PROTOCOL);

Second one is to create the CoreContainer.

Client solrClient = component.getClients().add(SolrClientHelper.SOLR_PROTOCOL);
CoreContainer coreContainer = initSolrContainer(component);

To configure your core container see solr documentation :


It is possible to interact with the core container using “solr://” Restlet requests with the client dispatcher the same way it is described on Solr’s wiki using http requests.

SolrClientHelper returns instances of SolrRepresentation from which you can get results encoded as JSON or XML.

To update a document like described here you can do :

StringRepresentation repr = new StringRepresentation(xml, MediaType.TEXT_XML);
getContext().getClientDispatcher().post("solr://main/update", repr);

Solr Core Container

If you would like to interact with Solr through http without a Servlet container you can use this restlet. It can also be very useful for debug.

import org.restlet.Context;
import org.restlet.Restlet;

public class SolrForward extends Restlet {

    public SolrForward() {

    public SolrForward(Context context) {

    public void handle(Request request, Response response) {
        super.handle(request, response);
        String path = request.getResourceRef().getRemainingPart();
        Reference solrRef = new Reference("solr://"+path);
        Request solrRequest = new Request(request.getMethod(),solrRef,request.getEntity());
        Response solrResp = getContext().getClientDispatcher().handle(solrRequest);