zinclabs / zincsearch

ZincSearch . A lightweight alternative to elasticsearch that requires minimal resources, written in Go.

Home Page:https://zinc.dev

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Note: If your use case is of log search (app and security logs) instead of app search (implement search feature in your application or website) then you should check zinclabs/zincobserve project that is specifically built for observability use case.


ZincSearch is a search engine that does full text indexing. It is a lightweight alternative to Elasticsearch and runs using a fraction of the resources. It uses bluge as the underlying indexing library.

It is very simple and easy to operate as opposed to Elasticsearch which requires a couple dozen knobs to understand and tune which you can get up and running in 2 minutes

It is a drop-in replacement for Elasticsearch if you are just ingesting data using APIs and searching using kibana (Kibana is not supported with zinc. Zinc provides its own UI).

Check the below video for a quick demo of Zinc.

Zinc Youtube

Playground Server

You could try ZincSearch without installing using below details:

Server https://playground.dev.zincsearch.com
User ID admin
Password Complexpass#123

Note: Do not store sensitive data on this server as its available to everyone on internet. Data will also be cleaned on this server regularly.

Why ZincSearch

While Elasticsearch is a very good product, it is complex and requires lots of resources and is more than a decade old. I built Zinc so it becomes easier for folks to use full text search indexing without doing a lot of work.


  1. Provides full text indexing capability
  2. Single binary for installation and running. Binaries available under releases for multiple platforms.
  3. Web UI for querying data written in Vue
  4. Compatibility with Elasticsearch APIs for ingestion of data (single record and bulk API)
  5. Out of the box authentication
  6. Schema less - No need to define schema upfront and different documents in the same index can have different fields.
  7. Index storage in disk (default), s3 or minio (deprecated)
  8. aggregation support


Documentation is available at https://zincsearch-docs.zinc.dev/

How to get support

Easiest way to get support is to join the Slack channel.

Roadmap items:

Public roadmap is available at https://github.com/orgs/zinclabs/projects/3/views/1

Please create an issue if you would like something to be added to the roadmap.


Search screen

Search screen

User management screen

Users screen

Getting started


Check Quickstart


ZincSearch has hundreds of production installations is in GA.


Feature Zinc Zinc Cloud
Ideal use case App search Logs, metrics, traces (Immutable Data)
Storage Disk Object (S3), GCS, Azure blob coming soon
Preferred Use case App search Observability (Logs, metrics, traces)
Max data supported 100s of GBs Petabyte scale
High availability Will be available soon Yes
Open source Yes Yes, ZincObserve
ES API compatibility Search and Ingestion Ingestion (Open source) and Search( enterprise) only
GUI Basic Advanced for log search
Cost Free (self hosting may cost money based on size) Free (self hosted), Generous free tier in cloud 200 GB ingest / month free.
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ZincSearch . A lightweight alternative to elasticsearch that requires minimal resources, written in Go.




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