What is Vectara?
Vectara is developer-first API platform for building conversational search applications
To use Vectara - first sign up and create an account. Then create a corpus and an API key for indexing and searching.
You can use Vectara’s indexing API to add documents into Vectara’s index
You can use Vectara’s Search API to query Vectara’s index (which also supports Hybrid search implicitly).
You can use Vectara’s integration with LangChain as a Vector store or using the Retriever abstraction.
Installation and Setup#
To use Vectara with LangChain no special installation steps are required. You just have to provide your customer_id, corpus ID, and an API key created within the Vectara console to enable indexing and searching.
There exists a wrapper around the Vectara platform, allowing you to use it as a vectorstore, whether for semantic search or example selection.
To import this vectorstore:
from langchain.vectorstores import Vectara
To create an instance of the Vectara vectorstore:
vectara = Vectara( vectara_customer_id=customer_id, vectara_corpus_id=corpus_id, vectara_api_key=api_key )
The customer_id, corpus_id and api_key are optional, and if they are not supplied will be read from the environment variables
For a more detailed walkthrough of the Vectara wrapper, see one of the two example notebooks: