Projects / HouseSpider


HouseSpider is a Java applet that adds indexing and search capability to Web sites. It can search by two methods: by spidering through the site, or by searching a cached index file. Spider-searching is slow, but very easy to set up and requires no maintenance. Cache-searching requires only a little more attention to set up and is sometimes even faster than CGI programs. HouseSpider also supports compression of the index file and boolean searches. Translations for several languages are provided, and it can handle Web sites in any language or encoding.


Recent releases

  •  22 May 2005 19:54

    Release Notes: This release fixes several bugs related to local file search (on hard drive or CD-ROM). It adds rudimentary support for iframes and makes the applet support links where the URL is enclosed by single quotes (in addition to the standard double quotes.)

    •  04 Oct 2004 14:07

      Release Notes: HouseSpider can now run as a stand-alone application (outside the browser), which is very useful when indexing. The applet can now read your Web site in any charset or encoding.

      •  21 May 2004 07:09

        Release Notes: This version adds an applet tag to set words that should be excluded while searching, StatusLabel and StatusLine tags to determine whether the show the status label/line, an Action tag to determine whether to index by default, font name and size applet tags, internationalization support, meta keyword searching, support for display of meta description and URL in the result list, timing of searches, and URL stripping for default index pages.

        •  15 Jan 2003 19:27

          Release Notes: The TargetHelp and TargetSearch parameters were added for better control when opening pages. The InitInput parameter, which is used for initial commands/search, was added. The FileExclude parameter (accepting comma-separated list of files) was added. URLExclude was extended to accept a comma-separated list of URLs. The MaxSearch parameter, which sets the maximum number of hits for search, was added. A check was added for an empty name attribute for the URLExclude and FileExclude parameters. Version information was added to the applet (and Java Console).

          •  24 Sep 2002 10:51

            Release Notes: This version features a much improved treatment of pages using framesets, improved search functionality, index files, a status line in the applet, and a parameter to turn the status line off. Search and index progress is now displayed, and debug, bgtextcolour, textcolour, and documentation URL parameters were added to the applet.


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