Full-text search in articles and files, faceted search, fuzzy search, spellchecker and sorting as well as search-as-you-type and auto-complete functionality.
Status: stable
Developer: HalloWelt
Extension type: BlueSpice
Edition: BlueSpice free
Dependencies: BlueSpice
License: GPL v3 only
Activated: Yes
Category: Search and Navigation

ExtendedSearch replaces the default MediaWiki search engine. It is based on ElasticSearch engine, and provides many improvements over the standard MediaWiki search both in terms of quality of indexed content and user interface.

Usage / Features

  • Search titles.
  • Search the full content.
  • Search uploaded or linked files (Office documents and PDFs).
  • Search image data.
  • Search-as-you-type and auto-complete.
  • Ignore upper and lower case (case-insensitive).
  • Search with the operators AND, OR, NOT.
  • Search with wildcards.
  • Search for phrases.
  • Fuzzy search.
  • Search for sentence fragments.

Technical information


Some aspects of this extension can be configured on Special:BlueSpiceConfigManager, under section "ExtendedSearch". Here wiki administrators can configure:

  • external file paths
  • layout of the autocomplete box
  • language filter
  • exclude patterns

Rights (permissions)

Users are required to have "extendedsearch-viewspecialpage" permission in order to see search result special page.


This extension requires BlueSpiceFoundation and Elasticsearch.

More info

For detailed description and usage, visit our help page.


Test the search functionality in our BlueSpice Demo.