On-Premise Search service

The Jive On-Premise Search service is available for Jive On-Premise installations if you don't want to use Jive Cloud search.

If you are installing Jive as an on-premise solution, and you want to use Jive's On-Premise Search instead of Jive Cloud Search, then you need to install Search on its own node as described in Installation overview. On-Premise Search is an alternative for those whose environment or policies prevent them from using the Jive Cloud Search.

On-Premise Search does not incorporate social data in search rankings and is not undergoing the constant improvements that Jive Cloud Search sees.

For more information about configuring search, see Managing search.

Basic search algorithm

On-Premise Search uses "AND" search on content (that means that all terms must be present) and "OR" search on users (that means that at least one term must be present). The algorithm also searches all included text, including attachments and comments — not just the initial blog post, document, or discussion.

Users can apply special modifiers, such as quotes or keywords, to make search phrases more specific. For more information, see Search overview in the User Guide.

The results depend on what users are searching for: content, people, or places. For more information, see Content search and Non-content search.

Spotlight search and Advanced search

The spotlight search appears at the top of each page. It’s intended as the "quick and easy" search feature, with only a few options to narrow your search. It also adds a wildcard (*) to the end of your search term, since it searches as you type and expects that you may not have finished typing yet. This means that it anticipates what you’re searching for; if you’re searching for "Library of Congress" and pause while typing "Librar", it searches for "library", "libraries", and other words with the same stem, not just "librar".

Advanced search takes place on the main search page after pressing Enter in the Spotlight search box. It offers many more options to refine your search and does not apply the wildcard, as it expects you to provide all of your detailed criteria for the most specific results.

An important difference is that in the Advanced Search page there are many facets the user can imply while in the Spotlight search there are just a couple of options. Also, the Spotlight search does not search for tags.

For more information, see Search and browse features and Using Spotlight search in the User Guide.


When you start to @mention someone or something, Jive searched similarly to the Spotlight search. The search algorithm takes what you've typed in so far and adds a wildcard (*) to it. This means that no stemming is done with this search.

The main difference from the Spotlight search is that @mentioning only searches the title of content or place and username, name, and email of a user.

For more information, see Search overview in the User Guide.

Search configuration

For more information about configuring search, see Managing search.