In most cases you will reuse queries a lot. Or only slightly modify them by user input. The query model of Solarium allows for easy query modification.

There are multiple ways to do this, depending on your use case and personal preference. The example below shows two ways to do this:


use Solarium\Client;
use Solarium\QueryType\Select\Query\Query as Select;


// create a client instance
$client = new Client($config);

// first create a base query as a query class
class PriceQuery extends Select
    protected function init()

        // set a query (all prices starting from 12)
        $this->setQuery('price:[12 TO *]');

        // set start and rows param (comparable to SQL limit) using fluent interface

        // set fields to fetch (this overrides the default setting 'all fields')

        // sort the results by price ascending
        $this->addSort('price', self::SORT_ASC);

// the query instance easily be altered based on user input
// try calling this page with "?start=10" added to the url.
$query = new PriceQuery();
if (isset($_GET['start']) && is_numeric($_GET['start'])) {

// alternatively you can use class inheritance to create query inheritance
// in this example this class isn't actually used, but you can simple replace
// the var $query with an instance of this class...
class LowerPriceQuery extends PriceQuery
    protected function init()
        // this call makes sure we get all the settings of the parent class

        $this->setQuery('price:[5 TO *]');

// this executes the query and returns the result
$resultset = $client->select($query);

// display the total number of documents found by solr
echo 'NumFound: '.$resultset->getNumFound();

// show documents using the resultset iterator
foreach ($resultset as $document) {

    echo '<hr/><table>';

    // the documents are also iterable, to get all fields
    foreach ($document as $field => $value) {
        // this converts multivalue fields to a comma-separated string
        if (is_array($value)) {
            $value = implode(', ', $value);

        echo '<tr><th>' . $field . '</th><td>' . $value . '</td></tr>';

    echo '</table>';