I need to allow to use numbers in quick search to differentiate products that are called like this examples :

  • box 1800
  • box 1100
  • box 5500

But it looks like the numbers are ignored in the search. Do you know how to fix this problem?

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Magento uses MATCH AGAINST in it's SQL query used for searching products in Fulltext mode.

Most probably your configuration is set to fulltext (it's done in: Admin > Catalog > Catalog Search and find Search Type) and your MySQL server is configured with ft_min_word_len higher than 4.

To check the default configuration login to MySQL and type in:

mysql> show variables like 'ft%';
| Variable_name            | Value          |
| ft_boolean_syntax        | + -><()~*:""&| |
| ft_max_word_len          | 84             |
| ft_min_word_len          | 4              |
| ft_query_expansion_limit | 20             |
| ft_stopword_file         | (built-in)     |
5 rows in set (0.00 sec)


To change this value open up your MySQL config (e.g. /etc/my.cnf) and search for/change line to:

ft_min_word_len = 1 where 1 is the minimum length of word

Restart your MySQL server: service mysql restart

Reindex data in Magento.

Second solution is to rewrite class Mage_CatalogSearch_Model_Resource_Fulltext and in function prepareResult:330 add code block that would handle words shorter than 5 characters with LIKE statement.


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