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Apache Lucene is an open source project for a high performance and full-featured text search engine library which is written entirely using Java.
It is capable of full-text search within documents so it is a technology that is suitable for any application which requires this feature, especially if it is cross-platform.
It was first developed by Doug Cutting in 1999 and became officially part of the Apache Foundation’s Jakarta family of open source Java projects in September 2001. It was upgraded to a top level Apache project in February 2005.