The No-BS guide to AutoComplete and FuzzySearch in Elasticsearch

Before we begin.. Here are a few basics.


An analyzer does the analysis or splits the indexed phrase/word into tokens/terms upon which the search is performed with much ease.

An analyzer is made up of tokenizers and filters.

There are numerous analyzers in elasticsearch, by default;
here, we use some of the custom analyzers tweaked to meet our requirements.


A filter removes/filters keywords from the query. Useful when we need to remove false positives from the search results based on the inputs.

We will be using a stop word filter to remove the specified keywords in the search configuration from the query text.


The input string needs to be split, to be searched against the indexed documents. We are about to use ngram here, which splits the query text into sizeable terms.


The created analyzer needs to be mapped to a field name, for it to be efficiently used while querying.

T'is time!!!

Now that we have covered the basics, it's time to create our index.

Fuzzy Search:

The first upon our index list is fuzzy search:

Index Creation:

curl -vX PUT http://localhost:9200/books -d @fuzzy_index.json \
--header "Content-Type: application/json"

And, the following books and their corresponding authors are loaded to the index.

name author
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
When You're Ready J.L. Berg
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
The Underground Railroad          Colson Whitehead
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Ready Player One Ernest Cline

When a fuzzy query such as:

This query with the match keyword as "ready" returns the matched books ready as a keyword in the phrase; as,


Next up, is the autocomplete. The only difference between a fuzzy search and an autocomplete is the min_gram and max_gram values.

In this case, depending on the number of characters to be auto-filled, the min_gram and max_gram values are set, as follows:

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