Apache Tika on Platform.sh

By Geoff St. Pierre
November 10, 2017

Blog Post - Apache Tika on Platform.sh

Apache Tika on Pltaform.sh

Apache Tika is a java library that can extract metadata from documents such as PDF and create a searchable index for Solr.

In this tutorial we will set up Drupal 8, Apache Solr, Search API Solr, and Apache Tika on Platform.sh.

tl;dr: Working example: platform-tika

Drupal 8 + Solr

Install Drupal 8 on Platform.sh. Getting the search modules: the full documentation for setting up Solr and Drupal 8 can be found here: Using Solr with Drupal 8.x. I won't replicate that excellent documentation here but the quick and dirty of it is you need to install and configure search_api and search_api_solr:

composer require drupal/search_api
composer require drupal/search_api_solr

Search API Attachments

The additional piece that you need for tika is the search_api_attachments module.

composer require drupal/search_api_attachments

Search API Attachments lets you point at the tika jar file to index your PDF documents. Before we can point at the jar file we have to grab and install it on Platform.sh project instance.

Getting the Tika jar on Platform.sh

Platform offers two hooks where you can manipulate your app at two stages of the deploy build and deploy. The difference is that build is run while the file system is still writable and deploy runs after the container is started and the file system is frozen as read only. You can read the full docs on hooks here: Platform Hooks.

We will use the build hook to bring in the Tika jar file while we can still write to the file system. Open your .platform.app.yaml file and either add a new build hook or add to it if you already have one:

# The hooks executed at various points in the lifecycle of the application.
    build: |
      mkdir -p /app/srv/bin
      cd /app/srv/bin && curl -OL http://download.nextag.com/apache/tika/tika-app-1.16.jar

This creates the directory /srv/bin and downloads the tika jar executable tika-app-1.16.jar into it. Here is the full file for reference: .platform.app.yaml.

Configure Search API Attachments

Now that we have the tika-app-1.16.jar file in place we are ready to configure the search_api_attachments module. Visit /admin/config/search/search_api_attachments in your browser and add the method, java executable, and tika paths configuration:

Search API Configuration Screen

These paths correspond to the paths you entered in the .platform.app.yaml file for the build step.

Adding Tika to Lando

You can add tika to Lando in a similar fashion. Open up your .lando.yml file and add the following extras step to Install tika:

      # Apache Tika
      - apt-get update -y
      - apt-get install -y openjdk-7-jre-headless
      - apt-get install -y openjdk-7-jdk
      - mkdir -p /app/srv/bin && cd /app/srv/bin
      - cd /app/srv/bin && curl -OL http://download.nextag.com/apache/tika/tika-app-1.16.jar
      - apt-get remove openjdk-7-jdk -y

Here is the full file for reference: .lando.yml.


Voila! Now you have all the power of tika to index and search your docs and a local dev stack to match and test on! Happy searching 🔍🕵🔎.