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CategorySearch creates a category based data search UI component with an autosuggest functionality. It is used for applying full-text search across one or more fields.

Example uses:

  • Searching for a rental listing by its name or description field.
  • Creating an e-commerce search box for finding products by their listing properties.


Basic Usage

  dataField={["group_venue", "group_city"]}

Usage With All Props

  dataField={["group_venue", "group_city"]}
  weights={[1, 3]}
  placeholder="Search for cities or venues"
  initialSuggestions={[{label: "Programming", value: "Programming"}]}
    and: ["CategoryFilter", "SearchFilter"]
  filterLabel="Venue filter"


  • componentId String
    unique identifier of the component, can be referenced in other components’ react prop.
  • dataField String or Array
    data field(s) on which the search query will be applied to. If you want to search across multiple fields, pass them as an Array.
  • categoryField String [optional]
    data field which has the category values mapped.
  • title String or HTML [optional]
    Sets the title of the component to be shown in the UI.
  • defaultSelected string [optional]
    preset the search query text in the search box.
  • weights Array [optional]
    set the search weight for the database fields, useful when dataField is an Array of more than one field. This prop accepts an array of numbers. A higher number implies a higher relevance weight for the corresponding field in the search results.
  • placeholder String [optional]
    Sets the placeholder text to be shown in the searhbox input field. Defaults to “Search”.
  • autoSuggest Boolean [optional]
    set whether the autosuggest functionality should be enabled or disabled. Defaults to true.
  • initialSuggestions Array [optional] preset search suggestions to be shown on focus when the search box does not have any search query text set. Accepts an array of objects each having a label and value property. The label can contain either String or an HTML element.
  • highlight Boolean [optional]
    Whether highlighting should be enabled in the returned results. Defaults to false.
  • highlightFields Array [optional]
    When highlighting is enabled, this prop allows specifying the fields which should be returned with the matching highlights. When not specified, it defaults to applying highlights on the field(s) specified in the dataField prop.
  • queryFormat String [optional] Sets the query format, can be or or and. Defaults to or.

    • or returns all the results matching any of the search query text’s parameters. For example, searching for “bat man” with or will return all the results matching either “bat” or “man”.
    • On the other hand with and, only results matching both “bat” and “man” will be returned. It returns the results matching all of the search query text’s parameters.
  • fuzziness String or Number [optional] Sets a maximum edit distance on the search parameters, can be 0, 1, 2 or “AUTO”. Useful for showing the correct results for an incorrect search parameter by taking the fuzziness into account. For example, with a substitution of one character, fox can become box. Read more about it in the elastic search docs.
  • showFilter Boolean [optional]
    show as filter when a value is selected in a global selected filters view. Defaults to true.
  • filterLabel String [optional]
    An optional label to display for the component in the global selected filters view. This is only applicable if showFilter is enabled. Default value used here is componentId.
  • URLParams Boolean [optional]
    enable creating a URL query string parameter based on the current value of the search. This is useful for sharing URLs with the component state. Defaults to false.



All reactivebase components are rbc namespaced.

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CategorySearch component can be extended to

  1. customize the look and feel with className, style,
  2. update the underlying DB query with customQuery,
  3. connect with external interfaces using beforeValueChange, onValueChange and onQueryChange,
  4. specify how search suggestions should be filtered using react prop,
  5. add the following synthetic events to the underlying input element:

    • onBlur
    • onFocus
    • onKeyPress
    • onKeyDown
    • onKeyUp
    • autoFocus
  style={{"paddingBottom": "10px"}}
    function(value) {
      return {
        match: {
          data_field: "this is a test"
    function(value) {
      // called before the value is set
      // returns a promise
      return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
        // update state or component props
        // or reject()
    function(value) {
      console.log("current value: ", value)
      // set the state
      // use the value with other js code
    function(prevQuery, nextQuery) {
      // use the query with other js code
      console.log('prevQuery', prevQuery);
      console.log('nextQuery', nextQuery);
  // specify how and which suggestions are filtered using `react` prop.
    "and": ["pricingFilter", "dateFilter"],
    "or": ["searchFilter"]
  • className String
    CSS class to be injected on the component container.
  • style Object CSS styles to be applied to the CategorySearch component.
  • customQuery Function takes value as a parameter and returns the data query to be applied to the component, as defined in Elasticsearch v2.4 Query DSL. Note: customQuery is called on value changes in the CategorySearch component as long as the component is a part of react dependency of at least one other component.
  • beforeValueChange Function
    is a callback function which accepts component’s future value as a parameter and returns a promise. It is called everytime before a component’s value changes. The promise, if and when resolved, triggers the execution of the component’s query and if rejected, kills the query execution. This method can act as a gatekeeper for query execution, since it only executes the query after the provided promise has been resolved.
  • onValueChange Function
    is a callback function which accepts component’s current value as a parameter. It is called everytime the component’s value changes. This prop is handy in cases where you want to generate a side-effect on value selection. For example: You want to show a pop-up modal with the valid discount coupon code when a user searches for a product in a CategorySearch.
  • onQueryChange Function
    is a callback function which accepts component’s prevQuery and nextQuery as parameters. It is called everytime the component’s query changes. This prop is handy in cases where you want to generate a side-effect whenever the component’s query would change.
  • react Object
    specify dependent components to reactively update CategorySearch’s suggestions.

    • key String
      one of and, or, not defines the combining clause.

      • and clause implies that the results will be filtered by matches from all of the associated component states.
      • or clause implies that the results will be filtered by matches from at least one of the associated component states.
      • not clause implies that the results will be filtered by an inverse match of the associated component states.
    • value String or Array or Object

      • String is used for specifying a single component by its componentId.
      • Array is used for specifying multiple components by their componentId.
      • Object is used for nesting other key clauses.


  1. CategorySearch with all the default props
  2. CategorySearch with autoSuggest disabled
  3. Playground (with all knob actions)