The DrupalGap 8 Autocomplete module.

Drupal Core: 

  • 8.x


The DrupalGap 8 Autocomplete module.

When used as a Form Element, an Autocomplete input is very useful indeed.

The three main properties of an autocomplete are its _fetcher, _handler and an optional _clicker.

form.title = {

  // Set up the form element basics.
  _type: 'autocomplete',
  _title: 'Search',
  _title_placeholder: true,

  // Optional, set up any custom attributes for the hidden input.
  _attributes: {
    foo: 'bar'

  // Optional, attach any custom properties (e.g. attributes) to the text input render element.
  _text_input: {
    _attributes: {
      class: ['foo', 'bar']

  // Optional, attach any friends.
  //_friends: ['#some-input', '#some-other-input'],

  // Optional, decide where the results will be rendered, defaults to directly after the text input.
  //_target: ['#some-div']

  // Query Drupal (or any API) for the external data...
  _fetcher: function(input) {
    return new Promise(function(ok, error) {

      // Get the data, then send it to the handler..


  // Receive the data from the fetcher, then decide how it should be rendered...
  _handler: function(input, data) {

    var element = {};

    if (!data.length) {

      element.empty = {
        _theme: 'message',
        _message: dg.t('No results found.'),
        _type: 'warning'

    else {

      var items = [];
      for (var i = 0; i < data.length; i++) {
        var row = data[i];
          _text: row.label,
          _attributes: {
            value: row.key // This "value" attribute is required.
      element.results = { // This "results" element is required.
        _theme: 'item_list',
        _items: items


    return element;


  // Optional, decide what should be done when a user clicks on an autocomplete result...
  _clicker: function(hiddenInput, input, data, item) {

    // Grab the delta value for the clicked row, and then get the result data for the row.
    var delta = item.getAttribute('delta');
    var row = data[delta];
    console.log('Clicked on', delta, row);

    // Grab the value that was set on the hidden input.
    var myGroupId = hiddenInput.getAttribute('value');

    // Go to a page.
    dg.goto('group/' + myGroupId);


The _clicker property is provided for convenience, and is optional. Alternatively, you can design your result items in the _handler in such a way that they themselves can be clicked, e.g. maybe a link on some text, or a link on an image, etc.

"Friend" elements

It's possible to have other form elements trigger an autocomplete to run again when their value changes.

A simple example would be two radio buttons next to an autocomplete input, which let's the user toggle between two different search routines:

form.which = {
  _title: dg.t('Search by'),
  _type: 'radios',
  _options: {
    relevance: dg.t('Relevance'),
    date: dg.t('Date')
  _default_value: 'relevance'

Just attach the _friends property to the autocomplete element, then any changes to the radios will trigger the autocomplete to run again:

_friends: ['input[name=which]']

When the autocomplete runs again, your _fetcher, _handler, and optional _clicker all have access to the value of the radios, so you can make dynamic decisions about what to do. To get the value of the radio, you can use a document.querySelector():

var which = document.querySelector('input[name=which]:checked').value;

Using radio buttons is only an example, you can use any inputs you like, and adjust the query selector accordingly.

Multiple friends

The _friends property utilizes document.querySelectorAll(), so it is easy to choose your friends, ha.

You can select one more more friends to trigger the autocomplete to run again:

_friends: [


By default, this module will automatically create a div right after the autocomplete's text input field, and it will use that div to place the results in.

To render the results in a custom element, you can use the _target property:

_target: '#some-div'

Then elsewhere you can create the corresponding div, and the content determined by the autocomplete's _handler will be rendered here instead:

<div id="some-div"><!--  --></div>

Using with Bootstrap

To add some Bootstrap styles to the autocomplete, try something like this:

_text_input: {
  _attributes: {
    class: ['form-control']