Manticore Search is an Open Source database for search that was created in 2017 as a continuation of Sphinx Search engine (Started in 2001). It is integrated with Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware and one of the components of WikiSuite. This is especially interesting for the Tiki Trackers database web app builder. Manticore Search is very appreciated by its community.


You can check out benchmarks at:

How to install

It is normally this:

sudo apt-get install wikisuite-manticore

How to verify version

This confirms if it installed properly, but it doesn't mean it's running in the background (see next section)

root~# searchd -v
Manticore 6.0.2 89c7a5139@230210 (columnar 2.0.0 a7c703d@230130) (secondary 2.0.0 a7c703d@230130)
Copyright (c) 2001-2016, Andrew Aksyonoff
Copyright (c) 2008-2016, Sphinx Technologies Inc (
Copyright (c) 2017-2023, Manticore Software LTD (

Start service at server reboot

For Manticore to be available for applications like Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware, you want to enable

sudo systemctl enable manticore

In some newer operating systems it can fail with error "Failed to enable unit: Unit ... is transient or generated.". In this can you can remove the generator and try again. It's unlikely you need the generator ever again after Manticore is installed.
In Debian-based operating systems run:

sudo rm /lib/systemd/system-generators/manticore-generator
sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl enable manticore

For more detail, please see:

To check if the Manticore service is set to run at boot

sudo systemctl is-enabled manticore

Then reboot to test

sudo reboot

It is not recommended to use this unless you are a developer, but if you prefer "Nightly" (development) versions, please see:

  1. Pick Manticore as Unified search engine at tiki-admin.php?page=search
  2. Rebuild index
    • Small sites, via GUI
    • Medium and large sites, via CLI php console.php index:rebuild --log
  3. Enjoy!

Syntax error or access violation: 1064

If you get this error:

SQLSTATE[42000]: Syntax error or access violation: 1064 error adding index 'tiki_pref_en': file not found: '/home/example/tmp/manticore-stopwords-tiki_pref_en'

The temporary workaround:
Virtualmin Virtual Server -> Services -> PHP-FPM Configuration -> Edit Configuration Manually

php_admin_value[sys_temp_dir] = /home/example/tmp


php_admin_value[sys_temp_dir] = /tmp

Configuration file

On Debian 10 and 11, it is located at /etc/manticoresearch/manticore.conf

Here are tweaks you may want to do in /etc/manticoresearch/manticore.conf

Disabling binary logging

Tiki uses Manticore as an index. So it's a copy of the data, optimized for speed and search. The real data lives in MariaDB/MySQL. Thus, we don't need binary logging because we can rebuild the index any time.

binlog_path = # disable logging to improve performance, and it's not needed in the Tiki context.


Increasing max_packet_size

If you get errors like this on index rebuild:

2023-03-03T16:07:21+00:00 ERR (3): NOTICE: PDOStatement::execute(): send of 32768 bytes failed with errno=104 Connection reset by peer {\"code\":null,\"file\":\"/lib/core/Search/Manticore/PdoClient.php\",\"line\":201}

you can increase max_packet_size

max_packet_size = 128M


Advanced morphology

Lemmatization, stemming, word forms, etc.: