Adding Search

Once the blog / web site has sufficient content, Searching functionality is very critical. There are a few options for adding a Search functionality to blog hosted on GitHub pages:

For this blog, I decide to take another path and leverage search functionlity of GitHub. The content for this blog is written in Markdown and is stored in GitHub repository. So let’s search the Markdown code in the repository and translate urls of matches on to generated blog site.

Following is a sample HTML and Javascript code that searches GitHub repository:

<p>What are you looking for?</p>
<input id="search" type="text" value="asset"/>
<button id="searchBtn">Search</button>
<div id="output"></div>
$("#searchBtn").bind("click", function() {
  var repo = "systematicinvestor/"
  var search = $("#search").val();
  var url = "'" + search + "' in:file language:markdown repo:"+repo+"&sort=indexed&order=desc"

	    beforeSend: function(request) {
	        request.setRequestHeader("Accept", "application/vnd.github.v3.text-match+json");
	    dataType: "json",
	    url: url,
	    success: function(data) {
	        var searchList = $("<ul />");
	        $.each(data.items, function(index, item) {
	            if( {
	                $("<li>" + + "<br>" + item.text_matches[0].fragment + "</li>")

It is very light weight and heavily relies on search functionlity of GitHub.

Please note that GitHub search is powered by Sunspot, and Partial word searches are not supported by Sunspot.