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From Jan Høydahl (JIRA) <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (SOLR-10494) Switch Solr's Default Response Type from XML to JSON
Date Sat, 15 Apr 2017 21:09:42 GMT


Jan Høydahl commented on SOLR-10494:


> Switch Solr's Default Response Type from XML to JSON
> ----------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: SOLR-10494
>                 URL:
>             Project: Solr
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>      Security Level: Public(Default Security Level. Issues are Public) 
>    Affects Versions: master (7.0)
>            Reporter: Trey Grainger
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: master (7.0)
> Solr's default response format is still XML, despite the fact that Solr has supported
the JSON response format for over a decade, developer mindshare has clearly shifted toward
JSON over the years, and most modern/competing systems also use JSON format now by default.
> In fact, Solr's admin UI even explicitly adds wt=json to the request (by default in the
UI) to override the default of wt=xml, so Solr's Admin UI effectively has a different default
than the API.
> We have now introduced things like the JSON faceting API, and the new more modern /V2
apis assume JSON for the areas of Solr they cover, so clearly we're moving in the direction
of JSON anyway.
> I'd like propose that we switch the default response writer to JSON (wt=json) instead
of XML for Solr 7.0, as this seems to me like the right direction and a good time to make
this change with the next major version.
> Based upon feedback from the Lucene Dev's mailing list, we want to:
> 1) Change the default response writer type to "wt=json" and also change to "indent=on"
by default
> 2) Make no changes on the update handler side; it already works as desired (it returns
the response in the same content-type as the request unless the "wt" is passed in explicitly).
> 3) Keep the /query request handler around since people have already used it for years
to do JSON queries
> 4) Add a commented-out "wt=xml" to the solrconfig.xml as a reminder for folks on how
to change (back) the response format.
> The default format change, plus the addition of "indent=on" are back compat changes,
so we need to make sure we doc those clearly in the CHANGES.txt. There will also need to be
significant adjustments to the Solr Ref Guide, Tutorial, etc.

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