How to integrate Next.js Markdown with Algolia effectively

By Anthony Abidakun
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Next.js Markdown with Algolia is a combination of technologies and tools that allows you to create a search functionality for a Next.js application using Markdown files as a data source and Algolia as the search engine. It enables you to easily implement a powerful search experience for content stored in Markdown files.

Here are the key components and steps involved in implementing Next.js Markdown with Algolia:

  1. Next.js: Next.js is a popular React framework for building server-side rendered (SSR) and static websites. It provides a powerful development environment and features like routing, server-side rendering, and static site generation.

  2. Markdown: Markdown is a lightweight markup language that is easy to write and read. It is commonly used for creating documentation, blog posts, and other textual content.

  3. Frontmatter: Frontmatter is metadata embedded at the beginning of a Markdown file. It usually contains information such as title, date, tags, and any other custom data relevant to the content.

  4. Parsing Markdown and Frontmatter: You'll need a method to parse Markdown files and extract the relevant information from the frontmatter and content sections. There are various libraries available for this purpose, such as gray-matter, remark, or markdown-it.

  5. Algolia: Algolia is a search-as-a-service platform that provides powerful search capabilities, including typo tolerance, filtering, faceted search, and more. You'll need to create an Algolia account and set up an Algolia application and index to store and search your content.

  6. Algolia JavaScript client library: You'll use the Algolia JavaScript client library (e.g., algoliasearch) to interact with the Algolia search engine. This library allows you to index your data, perform search queries, and retrieve search results.

  7. Indexing Markdown content: You'll need to write code to parse your Markdown files, extract the relevant information, and index that data into Algolia. This can be done by iterating over the Markdown files, extracting the desired fields, and using the Algolia client library to add the data to your Algolia index.

  8. Search implementation: Once your data is indexed, you can implement the search functionality in your Next.js application. This involves sending search queries to Algolia and displaying the search results on your pages or components.

Step-by-Step Guide:

To integrate Next.js Markdown with Algolia effectively, you may want to follow a step-by-step guide below:

Step 1: Set up your Next.js project

Create a new Next.js project or use an existing one. You can initialize a new Next.js project using the following command:

npx create-next-app my-app
Step 2: Install required packages

In your Next.js project directory, install the necessary packages:

npm install gray-matter algoliasearch react-instantsearch-dom
Step 3: Create a Markdown content directory

Create a directory in your Next.js project to store your Markdown files. For example, create a content directory in the root of your project.

Step 4: Create Markdown files

Create Markdown files inside the content directory. Each file should contain a frontmatter section at the beginning and the content section following it. Here's an example Markdown file named

title: Example Post
date: 2023-05-15
  - Next.js
  - Algolia

This is the content of my example post.
Step 5: Configure Algolia

Sign up for an Algolia account and create an Algolia application. Note down your Algolia application ID and API key.

Step 6: Index Markdown content to Algolia

Create a file named algolia.js in your Next.js project directory and add the following code:

import algoliasearch from 'algoliasearch';
import matter from 'gray-matter';

const client = algoliasearch('YOUR_APP_ID', 'YOUR_API_KEY');
const index = client.initIndex('YOUR_INDEX_NAME');

const indexMarkdownContent = async () => {
  // Get all Markdown files in the content directory
  const files = require.context('./content', false, /\.md$/);
  const markdownFiles = files.keys().map(files);

  const records = => {
    const matterResult = matter(file.default);

    return {
      objectID:, // Use the post title as the objectID, // Add all frontmatter fields as attributes
      content: matterResult.content, // Add the content field

  try {
    await index.saveObjects(records);
    console.log('Markdown content indexed successfully!');
  } catch (error) {
    console.error('Error indexing Markdown content:', error);


Replace 'YOUR_APP_ID', 'YOUR_API_KEY', and 'YOUR_INDEX_NAME' with your actual Algolia application ID, API key, and index name.

Step 7: Run the indexing script

Run the indexing script by executing the following command in your Next.js project directory:

node algolia.js

This will parse the Markdown files in the content directory, extract the frontmatter and content, and index the data into Algolia.

Step 8: Create a search page/component

Create a search page or component where you want to display the search functionality. For example, create a file named Search.js and add the following code:

import React from 'react';
import { InstantSearch, SearchBox, Hits } from 'react-instantsearch-dom';

const Search = () => (
    <SearchBox />
    <Hits hitComponent={Hit} />

const Hit = ({ hit }) => (
    {/* Render other fields from the frontmatter */}
    {/* For example, <p>{}</p> or <ul>{ => <li>{tag}</li>)}</ul> */}

export default Search;

Replace 'YOUR_APP_ID', 'YOUR_API_KEY', and 'YOUR_INDEX_NAME' with your actual Algolia application ID, API key, and index name.

Step 9: Integrate the search component

In your Next.js application, import and integrate the Search component into the desired page or component. For example, in your pages/index.js file:

import Search from '../components/Search';

const HomePage = () => (
    <h1>Welcome to My Next.js Application</h1>
    <Search />

export default HomePage;
Step 10: Run the Next.js application

Run your Next.js application using the following command:

npm run dev

Visit your application in the browser, and you should see the search box and search results powered by Algolia, displaying the content of your Markdown files.

These steps cover the basic integration of Next.js Markdown with Algolia. Remember to replace the placeholders with your actual Algolia credentials and customize the code according to your specific requirements. Additionally, you can explore Algolia's documentation and React InstantSearch documentation for more advanced features and customization options.

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