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Getting Started

Generate API Keys

Before you do anything else, you must first add the API keys and configure the node.

If you are hosting Typesense locally / on your own server. Then please see the steps here to generate API Keys

Otherwise, if you have gone with Typesense cloud option - then once the cluster is set up. There will be an option to generate your API keys.

Api Keys Overview Above Shows overview of API Keys

Clicking "Generate API Keys" - will generate and download API Keys to be used. Keep this file safe and secure for future use.

The Text file will have the following information API Keys Text

  • Protocol: [https]
  • Port: [443]
  • Admin API Key
  • Search Only API Key
  • Node

Configuring Plugin

Saving Settings

After retrieving the required info go to WordPress > Admin Area > Typesense > Settings You will be guided to a page like so.

Typesense WP Admin Page

Here - enter the details provided in the text file and click save. Your WordPress install will now be able to connect to your typensese instance.

Setup Autocomplete and Indexing

The next step is to enable and start indexing your posts.

Going to Admin Area > Typesense Autocomplete and Instant Search

Here you can

  1. Enable which post types should be indexed
  2. Bulk index the selected post types
  3. Replace WordPress Search to show autocomplete or instant search popup

Enable Post Types

This option allows you to select which post types to index. By default the plugin allows you to index posts and pages.

Bulk Index

Bulk Index option allows you to index all posts(post types) at once. Indexing means they will add the document into Typesense instant to be easily retrieved.

When this option is enabled it will replace all search forms that use default WordPress search with either Instant Search popup or autocomplete. Developer Note: It will replace all calls for get_search_form() and the default WordPress search widget or "core/search" block used

Instant Search Popup

Instant Search - replaces all instance of default WordPress search - search forms etc with a popup of instant search. You can customize the appearance of the search by going to appearance > customize > Typesense Search

To add a custom trigger - you can add the class "cm-swt-instant-search-popup--trigger" to your button / svg / anchor tag to trigger the popup Something like the following:

<a href="#" class="cm-swt-instant-search-popup--trigger cm-swt-instant-search-popup--trigger-default"><svg xmlns="" class="h-6 w-6" fill="none" viewBox="0 0 24 24" stroke="currentColor" stroke-width="2">
  <path stroke-linecap="round" stroke-linejoin="round" d="M21 21l-6-6m2-5a7 7 0 11-14 0 7 7 0 0114 0z" />


Replaces all search forms with Autocomplete. See example here