From what I have read it seems like you have to use Solr to have PDF and Word attachments indexed and returned in a search. I have Solr working with Drupal but I think I need Tika working on Solr in order to do the document indexing. There is very little documentation I can find for Tika. Does anybody know where a good source for this is? Is there a better/easier way to have search in Drupal index attached documents?

  • What version of drupal?
    – mpdonadio
    Commented Oct 27, 2011 at 16:26
  • Drupal 7. See answer below. Apache Solr Attachments worked for me.
    – John81
    Commented Oct 27, 2011 at 18:41

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To help you, you've this nice module Apache Solr Attachments. If you download the module you'll have a README.txt that give you some clues how to help you install and configure Tika.

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    I think I looked at that and didn't think it would work with Drupal 7. It does and was pretty straight forward to install and configure. Thanks!
    – John81
    Commented Oct 27, 2011 at 18:35

We have used Search Files before with success, but I think the last time we used it was two years ago. Note that there are server side requirements for executables to do the searching, and that there isn't a Drupal 7 version available.

  • There is now a beta for Drupal 7
    – AdamS
    Commented Nov 13, 2017 at 8:34

I discovered Search File Attachments, which has support for both Drupal 7/8 and a variety of file types.

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