Perlfect Solutions

Perlfect Search 3.37

Perlfect Search is a free, sophisticated, powerful, versatile, customizable and effective site indexing/searching suite available under an open source license (GPL). It comes as a pair of distinct scripts. The indexer, that automatically scans and indexes a web site, and the search engine, a cgi script that serves search queries for keywords over the index, and displays results pages in html, in a standard format including title, description and relevance ranking for each matching document. Advanced features include stopwords, a potent exclude mechanism and a handy automatic installation and configuration utility.

Download: You can download Perlfect Search in either tar.gz (Linux/Unix) or zip (Windows) format:
Perlfect Search box

Hosted Perlfect Search(beta)

New Don't have the time or the expertise to install and maintain Perlfect Search? Then our hosted Pelrfect Search service is for you!

How it works

Pretty simple really:
  • Submit your site for indexing
  • We will remotely index your site from our server
  • Copy our simple search box to your pages
  • That's all! And remember: this service is absolutely free and is not supported by ads. The look and feel of the results can be customized to maintain your site's branding.

How do I sign up?

At this time the service operates under private beta. We welcome your interest, if you would like to have your site considered please submit this form:

Website URL No. of pages Contact email

Perlfect Search Features

Indexing system with support for ranking, using a document vector model, for relevant results.

Internationalization (i18n), i.e. the result page can be in any language (templates for English, German, French, and Italian are included).

Linux/Unix and Windows compatible.

Files can be indexed via the local filesystem or via http (for dynamically generated files, e.g. PHP).

Highlighting of search terms in the search result and in the pages.

Full control of indexed content by allowing configurable exclusion of individual files and directories.

A user-configurable list of stopwords allows you to exclude specific words from the index.

Configurable minimum legth restriction for indexing words.

Can index PDF files (requires pdftotext, which is part of xpdf) and MS-Word files (requires antiword).

The indexing process can be started via a web form.

Users' search queries can be written to a log file.

Highly optimized compact index.

Advanced search query options, such as keyword forcing (+) and keyword exclusion (-).

A fast and lightweight search algorithm can produce instant results even for large sites and for the most demanding queries.

100% customizable output layout generated based on user-defined HTML templates. You can fully define the look of the results page and the format of the individual results listings.

Results display in multiple pages with a customizable number of results per page.

Automatic installation and configuration utility to save you the trouble of installing the software on your server. Answering a few simple questions over a telnet/ssh prompt will get you up and running in minutes.

Is your favourite feature missing? Please take a look at the development page!


Cost/License: Perlfect Search is freely available under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

Installation Service: We also operate an installation service. We will install any version of our search engine or any other script we offer for $100US. Contact us for details.

On-line demo: To give Perlfect Search a try, use the search box at the top-right of this page to search our site.


What others say about the script: Want to know what other people and on-line resource sites think about Perlfect Search? Have a look at our users page.

Development: If you're interested in the further development of Perlfect Search, go to the development page.


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