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Product Instant Search - Boost conversion with product suggestions - (2.2)

The freebie Product Instant Search assists your users to easily & quickly find what they're looking for on your site, thus increase their chance of buying your products.

  • Help your customers get the most relevant search results from the first typed character
  • Product suggestions based on Products, Product Attributes, Categories
  • Show other search results in product’s thumbnail images, thus enable to display numerous image results in a page.

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Why should use Product Instant Search?

"Product Search” is always an important part of any ecommerce system because it seems impossible to show all products with full details to customers at the same time. With a powerful product search tool, a web-store can increase selling chance as well as customers’ ease of use. Magento is using a simple searching function which takes a long time to show the entire search result page and users must navigate to the product page to view its detail information. Hence, we have developed Magento Product Instant Search - free Magento search extension which allows customers to view details or “add to cart” the products in main search result section.

Product Instant Search Main Features

  • Real-time searching function: automatic searching right after customers type a character.
  • Display the first search result in main search result section with an “add to cart” form.
  • Show other search results in product’s thumbnail images, thus enable to display numerous image results in a page.
  • Easy and quick to load product detail information in the main search result section.
  • Can search by many products’ attributes: name, short description or tag.
  • Simple to set the number of search results to be displayed.


  • All Magestore free Magento extensions are open source 100%.
  • Easy to install and configure.
  • Product Instant Search has a user-friendly interface.
  • It's one of the top useful free Magento extensions

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Release Notes

Version 2.2 (updated on July, 14th 2011)

  • Add configuration of searching product description (search full description or short description or both of them).

Version 2.1 (updated on Jun, 14th 2011)

  • Fix error when searching product by special characters.
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Reviews (62)

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  • Love it!

    I already said how much I love Magestore extensions! They have the best support!! The extensions is very helpfully and very easy to install, it work very well with magento 1.7 in my store, it helped a lot in finding products to my clients. I have nothing to complain about it :D

  • Mr

    Danny Liu

    Can't believe this extension is provided free. It's very helpful for Magento stores to help customers find their products quickly.

  • This extension is fantastic!


    I install this extention, it's work great, MageStore is the best !!

  • Great Support for a free extension


    I had a licensing issue which Louis sorted quickly. Thanks!

  • Should be responsive


    The functionality of the module is excellent however it should be responsive so that for a responsive theme it should also work great on smart phones and tablets.

  • Good Search for large Magento sites


    This is very nice extension when have a large site and products. Interface is good and easy. Instalation is quick and no conflict with other extension. Excelent extension for B2B and B2C portal. I test and recomend thid extension.

  • WOW!


    This extension is fantastic! Magestore is the best Magento Plugin creator ever! :)

  • Reply to Andre Luiz


    We tested and there's no error working on Magento CE 1.8. You can install in your site, if there's any error we can help you to fix it. Regards, Magestore.

  • Works with CE 1.8.x ?

    Andre Luiz

    This module work with Magento CE 1.8.x?

  • Reply to sandeep


    Hi Sandeep, Regarding to your issue, you should disable the extension in order to test if the problem still occur by visit the folder: app/etc/modules and change name "Magestore_Instantsearch.xml" to "Magestore_Instantsearch.xml1". If the issue still be shown, it would be caused by the other stuff. If you don'ts see the issue when the Product Instant Search has been disable, you should contact with Magestore's support by submit ticket in this link: and give us your website's information, the support will help you. Regards, Magestore

  • Error during add to cart


    When I click add to cart after search ,it gives generate downloadable file which include code. Please help.

  • Very good extension.


    This is very good extension. Very safe to use!

  • Superb extension


    Improved our search greatly and support is awesome!

  • Very useful & nice Extension !!!!!

    Very useful & nice Extension !!!!! i need the support every time

  • Nice extension


    Nice extension and the support is very responsive. Thx a lot for your work

  • Great Company


    We have many paid extensions from this company and have had the need for customizations for our site to be done. They have responded and fixed any issues fast and free with no complaints. Just contact support if you ever have any issues they will help fix any issues.

  • Very useful & nice Extension !!!!!


    A nice little but very useful extension, also compatible with Magento 1.7 verson. Just love this extension.

  • Good extension and efficient support


    A nice little extension, easy to use with 1.7. Very effeciant support as well, an email response in minutes when my products needed re-indexing after moving the store to a new directory

  • Awesome Extension !


    Works as expected, just perfect. The support is also great, they helped me with customization and fixed bugs immediately!

  • Reply to Guest


    Hi, we're sorry to know that this extension didn't performed well on your site. We hope you kindly understand any modules may occur some unexpected issues when installing on a specific website. Could you submit a ticket here or send an email to Our technical team will contact with you shortly and help you resolve the problem. Thank you in advance for you cooperation. Best regards, Magestore

  • Developer


    Has an error in Magento "Fatal error: Class 'Mage_Magenotification_Helper_Data' not found in C:\wamp\www\Laboratorio\loja\app\Mage.php on line 546" And the extension didn't work

  • Reply to Jigesh


    Hi Jigesh, Regarding your issue, normally all free extensions from us don't require license key to use, except for Product instant search. You could submit a ticket or contact us via and we'll send you license key soon. Best regards, Magestore.

  • it is asking licence key


    after uploading files , i am visiting system -->configuration --> Instant search , it is asking for licence key, its a free extension , isn't it ?

  • valencia


    After uploading the files, i go to admin > system> configuration> instant search and it gets me this error Invalid License Key! Please go to extension key management section for more information in a blank page. Is it an error?

  • Great - Just one suggestion.

    Jesse Hanley

    Hey guys, I LOVE THE EXTENSION! LOVE IT. Just a couple of enquires, my extension wasn't grabbing the "Final Price" of products. I changed the code to allow it to, but it should do this out of the box. Cheers!

  • Reply to Bodo


    Hi Bodo, In this case you can go to to submit a ticket on this problem. Our technical supporter will help you solve this. Please provide us with FTP and admin access. It will help a lot.

  • error message


    When I click on configuration-MAGESTORE EXTENSION Instant Search, the following error message: Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING in / home / bolalo / public_html / app / code / local / Magestore / Instant Search / Model / Descriptiontype.php on line 1 Thank you Bodo

  • Reply to Rabfack


    Hi Rabfack, Thank you for using our product. We are so sorry to tell you that currently this extension has not supported the function of showing "Last 5 searches" and "5 most popular search queries" as you said. We will consider and try to update it in the next version. Regards,

  • Extension is losing stats


    Great extension. But expansion is losing stats in the administration panel. Such as the "Last 5 searches" and "5 most popular search queries." How to fix it? Magenta ver localhost, MAMP Thanks

  • Reply to Ruslan


    Hi Ruslan, Thank you for using our product. Instant Search extension can work well with configurable products. Maybe your search result page displayed so many simple products, thus you didn't see your configurable products. Could you please send an email of this issue to Our developers will review to find out the exact problem and fix it for you. Thanks!

  • How can I see in instantsearch window my configurable product ?


    Nice extension ! But I wonder where can I do changes - to see options for configurable product ?

  • Search Results

    Well, search results are completly empty for me. I have no idea why.

  • Reply to


    Hi, Thank you for using our product. By default, when there is no result with the keyword that you enter, the search result page will be empty. Please try again and if you have any other questions or requests, you can contact us at Our supporters are always willing to assist you.

  • Good!


    Good extension! Thanks

  • Reply to Savan Gadhiya


    Hi Savan, The reason for your problem is that Instant Search extension didn't find any products. You just need to add some elements to check the condition in this file: app\code\local\Magestore\Instantsearch\controllers\IndexController.php. Also, if you need any help, could you please go to our Support System ( and submit a new ticket about this problem? We will review and help you fix this issue. Best Regards, Magestore

  • Reply to Deggle


    Hi Deggle, Thank you for your interest in our product. Our Instant Search extension allows displaying the total price for all products. However, if you use Configurable Products, it will not show the prices of child products and only display the price of Configurable Product. Best Regards, Magestore

  • Prices


    Hello, First of all nice extension. Is it possible to show both prices from Configurable Products in the list? Thanks

  • Instant Search Blank Search

    Savan Gadhiya

    Hello, In instant search , if any one search for the blank (space) search, It shows a blank page. Is there any solution for that. ? Thanks

  • Search result appears behind the banner


    Hello, You meet this problem because you set the attribute z-index in css of banner to be larger than z-index of Instant Search plugin. Now, you just need to set the attribute z-index for Instant Search again, it will display as you want. Hope you succeed, Magestore

  • Instant Search

    Hi, When I type the text into the search field of the search result Instantsearch appears behind the banner of the body shop. Why this happens?

  • Reply to Dann


    Hi Daan, Maybe you faced this problem because the layout of Instant Search extension didn't rewrite your template. You can resolve it by moving the file app\design\frontend\default\default\layout\instantsearch.xml and folder app\design\frontend\default\default\template\instantsearch from app\frontend\default\default to app\frontend\your_template. Hope you succeed. Magestore

  • What am I doing wrong


    Followed the User Guide, cleared my cache, reindexed, logged out and in etc.... Somehow the popup with the products doesn't show. Any idea what's the cause of this problem? Instant search settings are: No, 1, 2, No, Yes, Yes, Search in Both......

  • Limited Results in search


    Hi Navneet Singh, Yes, Instant Search extension needs time to load all products and fill out search result page. However, you shouldn't configure product result too much when customers search. You can go to your back-end->System->Configuration->Instant Search/Product Limit to limit the product result. Hope you are satisfied with our product, Magestore

  • Limited Results in search

    Navneet Singh

    I can see only 4 of my products from a particular category showing up in search results. Will it take some time to index all products?

  • Magestore Extension Key Management


    Hi Atul, Magestore Extension Key Management is used to check License key of the module. This is a free extension but license key is still required for it. You just log in your account on → My Licensen key and generate the key for your store. Regards, Magestore

  • Magestore Extension Key Management


    I have installed the extension in my website please let me tell is the what is the Magestore Extension Key Management ??

  • Excellent Extension


    Excellent Extension on 1.7.02. Had a slight conflict with another extnesion but support corrected in quickly.

  • Great Extension!


    I love it. Works perfect. Thanks!

  • Error after installing in admin


    Hi Hisham, Could you please go to our Support System ( and submit a new ticket about this problem? We will review and help you fix this issue. Best Regards, Magestore

  • error after installing in admin


    When i click on instant search in admin , i received this error Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING in /home/seamug/public_html/sweelee/app/code/local/Magestore/Instantsearch/Model/Descriptiontype.php on line 1

  • Help


    Hi Siddharth, If you want to use the extension on your template you need to customize the template of Instant Search extension to be compatible with your template. Best regards. Magestore.

  • Help


    I installed this wonderful extension. It works on the default theme. But It doesn't work well on any other theme. Why so? Please provide a solution

  • Very good module


    It is a very good module. I had trouble interacting with other modules. These difficulties have been resolved by the support immediately. Highly recommended!

  • Webshop Administrator


    I use the free version of Instant Search by Magestore. It works like a dream. When I moved my shop to another hostingservice an error occured in Instant Search. Even though it was not their fault they quickly responded and fixed the problem. That kind of service for free software is a rarity that you don't see much nowadays. Excellent!!!

  • Reply VALDIR.


    Hi VALDIR, Thanks for your interest in our Product instant search extesion. Our extension hasn't supported multiple-stores function so it just allows you to search products on your store. Best regards, Magestore

  • Duvida


    The extension search to different sites at the same time.

  • Installation


    I did the installation but access in settings gave an error: Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING in / home / shopeart / public_html / app / code / local / Magestore / Instantsearch / Model / Descriptiontype.php on line 1

  • Instruct how to get the extension


    Hi Jeff, Let us guide you how to get the extension. First of all, sign up an account in our store and login. In this product page, click the button "Add to cart", and purchase this at $0. Afterwards, go to "My account" (which you can see at the right top of our page). In My downloadable products you will see this extension available for you to download and use. Hope our guide is clear for you. Enjoy, Magestore

  • instruction


    Hi, how can I get this free addon ?

  • perfect extension


    this extension works perfect

  • Fast

    Noah Clark

    It makes the searching faster and more effective. My store has hundreds of products so this extension is really convenient.

  • Does exactly as expected!


    Extract, load the page, customize, updates and search as expected. Highly recommended.

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