Sorting on chardfields in Haystack and Elasticsearch

Mar 23, 2014 · Updated: Jul 12, 2021 · by Tim Kamanin

Current version on Haystack (2.10) combined with Elasticsearch produces weird results when you want to sort search results on charfield, the issue has been reported here and here:

Long story short, to fix the problem you need to set indexed=False and stored=True on CharFields that you want to use for sorting.

You should also set indexed=False on BooleanFields (if there are any in the search index model). Here's an example how the correct module would look like:

class BlogIndex(indexes.SearchIndex, indexes.Indexable):
    title = indexes.CharField(model_attr="title")
    sorted_name = indexes.CharField(model_attr="title", indexed=False, stored=True)
    text = indexes.CharField(document=True, use_template=True)
    active = indexes.BooleanField(model_attr="active", indexed=False)

As you see above, we have created two fields for model_attr='title', first is regular, called title, the second one is sorted_name that is used for sorts. We also set Boolean 'active' as non-indexed, however it'll work for your search filters, it just won't get tokenized (yep, strange, but fact).

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