In client, the doc offset can be easilly computed: start * rows + (offset in current response).

But in some cases, it is useful to show offset explicitly. For example, when debug response search relevancy, tester may report why some doc are not showd in first page. In this case, we may run the query, and give a big rows, for example: q=”Nexus 7″&rows=500, then search the doc in the response xml. In this case, it would be helpful, if response can show the offset directly, like below:

 <str name="id">id3456</str>
 <long name="[offset]">156</long>

The field name  would be [transfomername], [offset] in this case.
Solr DocTransformers
Solr DocTransformers allows us to add/change/remove fields/response before return to the client. By default, it provides [explain],[value],[shard],[docid]. We can easily add our own DocTransformer implementation.

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OffsetTransformerFactory Implementation
The implementation would be look like: ValueAugmenterFactory. To use it, we will add the trasnformer in fl field: q=”Nexus 7″&fl=id,[offset] 

public class OffsetTransformerFactory extends TransformerFactory {
  private boolean enabled = false;
  public void init(NamedList args) {
    if (args != null) {
      SolrParams params = SolrParams.toSolrParams(args);
      enabled = params.getBool("enabled", false);
      if (!enabled) return;
   * filed is [offset] in this case.<br>
   * Notice augmenterArgs is the local params to this transfomer like:
   * [myTransformer foo=1 bar=good], not paramters in SolrQueryRequest.
  public DocTransformer create(String field, SolrParams augmenterArgs,
      SolrQueryRequest req) {
    SolrParams params = req.getParams();
    String str = params.get(CommonParams.START);
    long start = 0;
    if (StringUtils.isNotBlank(str)) {
      start = Long.valueOf(str);
    long rows = Long.valueOf(params.get(CommonParams.ROWS));
    long startOffset = start * rows;
    return new OffsetTransformer(field, startOffset);
  class OffsetTransformer extends DocTransformer {
    private String field;
    private long startOffset;
    private long offset = 0;
    public OffsetTransformer(String field, long startOffset) {
      this.field = field;
      this.startOffset = startOffset;
    public void transform(SolrDocument doc, int docid) throws IOException {
      if (enabled) {
        doc.setField(field, startOffset + offset);
    public String getName() {
      return OffsetTransformer.class.getName();

Configuration in solrconfig.xml

<transformer name="offset"
  <bool name="enabled">true</bool>

Solr DocTransformers

via Blogger http://lifelongprogrammer.blogspot.com/2013/12/solr-creating-doctransformer-to-show-doc-offset.html