TalkSearch.js is a JavaScript front-end library to help you build a search interface around your records. If you don't yet have a TalkSearch index for your conference, feel free to apply for one.

With TalkSearch, you have access to an Algolia index containing all your videos data. As with any other Algolia index, you can build your own search UI on top of it by using our InstantSearch.js library. This library contains a set of widgets (searchbar, results, filters, pagination, etc) that you can combine and configure to build your unique UI.

To make things easier, we packaged some default templating into TalkSearch.js. This will give you a headstart and make the initial integration much faster; you should be able to have a working search in your website in a matter of minutes.

Note that you don't have to use TalkSearch.js, you can just as well directly use InstantSearch.js. Actually, if you want your own template or add more widgets, check the InstantSearch.js section.

Include libraries

You'll need to include both the InstantSearch.js library, and the TalkSearch.js helper. Both libraries come with some CSS, to provide a default styling.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="">

<script src=""></script>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="">

You now need to initialize the library with your TalkSearch credentials. Those should have been handed to you by our TalkSearch team. If you don't have them, don't hesitate to contact

const search = instantsearch({
  appId: '8J7GPSC0XN',
  apiKey: '{{PROVIDED_BY_ALGOLIA}}',
  indexName: '{{PROVIDED_BY_ALGOLIA}}'


This will instanciate the library and connect it to the index. Nothing will be displayed yet, though.

Add UI widgets

InstantSearch widgets works by using HTML placeholders. You add empty divs to your page, with unique #id and you then create widgets bound to those HTML elements. The library will replace each placeholder with the corresponding widget, and all widgets will be updated in real time whenever a search is made.

The two widgets you'll need are a searchbar (to input keywords) and a place to display the results.

<!-- You can put those two placeholders wherever you want in your page -->
<div id="searchbar"></div>
<div id="results"></div>

Once you have the placeholders, you'll be able to bind widgets to them. Update the previous JavaScript snippet, and add the widgets between the initial instantsearch() call and the call to search.start().

const search = instantsearch(options);

    container: '#searchbar',
    poweredBy: talksearch.poweredBy 
    //         ^ You have to set this if we're doing the crawling for you

    container: '#results',
    templates: {
      item: talksearch.hit,


The searchBox widget will create an input field to type your keywords and the hits widget will display all results matching those keywords using the default TalkSearch template.

If you'd like to use a different template or add other widgets (such as filters or pagination), check the InstantSearch.js section.