We are planning to host the solution on Microsoft Azure PaaS, and using Azure Search instead of Solr. When we install Sitecore 9 on Azure PaaS, Solr is not required.

Is there any way to configure the developer box using Sitecore 9 without Solr?


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It’s not too difficult as long as you can set up a search service for the purpose of local development.

1. Setup Azure Search Service in the Azure Portal

2. Add a new connection string called “Cloud.Search” – make sure to use the search URL and API key from your search service in the Azure portal when building the connection string e.g. <add name="cloud.search" connectionString="serviceUrl=https://AzureSearchServiceURL;apiVersion=2015-02-28-preview;apiKey=AzureSearchServiceAPIKEY"/>

3. Change the app search definition in your web config under <AppSettings> to <add key="search:define" value="Azure"/>

4. Rebuild your Sitecore Indexes

Hope this helps.


Yes. It is doable to install Sitecore 9 without Solr. Sitecore will install successfully but it will not work without an Index Provider. By configuring the Index Provider such as Azure Search post installation you will get Sitecore 9 up and running.


You can use Lucene if you are running CMS-only mode (i.e. no Analytics/xDB). If you are running multi-server, multi-CD set up then best practice recommendation has been to use SOLR/Azure which you have already mentioned.

As far as Sitecore 9 installation documentation is concerned, here is the text.

The Sitecore Experience Platform 9.0 rev. 171002 supports Solr, Lucene, and Azure Search as search providers. If you want to use a search index that works in both Analytics and ContentSearch, we recommend that you use Solr.

Following is the Search Indexing Requirements.

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I would suggest to review the installation documentation.

  • 1
    Lucene will not work on PaaS
    – Mark Cassidy
    Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 16:44
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    My answer is related to development system where developer can program and not for production installation. Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 16:49
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    Right. But on this site we prefer answers to the questions actually asked :-)
    – Mark Cassidy
    Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 17:16
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    @MarkCassidy Agree :) Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 20:34
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    To be fair to the answer, the question does state "developer box" not in production. However recommending lucene for SC9 project 9 times out of 10 is always going to get you down voted.
    – Anicho
    Commented Nov 8, 2018 at 13:43

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