According to this, search results are ordered by relevance score. How can I override this? I want our results sorted by created date. I'm not talking about allowing users to sort by different fields, just the default order of results returned by apache solr.


This requires a custom modules where you implement a hook provided by apachesolr. There are several options but hook_apachesolr_modify_query(&$query, &$params, $caller) works as well as any.

You can modify the $query:

$query->set_solrsort($field_name, $direction); 

Or you can modify the $params:

$params['sort'] = "$field_name $direction";
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    Since apachesolr-7.x-1.0-beta6 the hook changed to hook_apachesolr_query_alter($query) – Cristian Romanescu Mar 18 '14 at 14:00

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