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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"]}
  fieldWeights={[1, 3]}
  placeholder="Search for cities or venues"
  defaultSuggestions={[{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 JSX [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.
  • downShiftProps Object [optional]
    allow passing props directly to Downshift component. You can read more about Downshift props here.
  • fieldWeights 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”.
  • showIcon Boolean [optional] whether to display a search or custom icon in the input box. Defaults to true.
  • iconPosition String [optional] sets the position of the search icon. Can be left or right. Defaults to right.
  • icon JSX [optional] displays a custom search icon instead of the default 🔍
  • showClear Boolean [optional]
    show a clear text icon. Defaults to false.
  • clearIcon JSX [optional]
    allows setting a custom icon for clearing text instead of the default cross.
  • autosuggest Boolean [optional]
    set whether the autosuggest functionality should be enabled or disabled. Defaults to true.
  • strictSelection Boolean [optional]
    defaults to false. When set to true the component will only set its value and fire the query if the value was selected from the suggestion. Otherwise the value will be cleared on selection. This is only relevant with autosuggest.
  • defaultSuggestions 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.
  • debounce Number [optional]
    sets the milliseconds to wait before executing the query. Defaults to 0, i.e. no debounce.
  • highlight Boolean [optional]
    Whether highlighting should be enabled in the returned results. Defaults to false.
  • highlightField String or 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.
  • customHighlight Function [optional]
    a function which returns the custom highlight settings. It receives the props and expects you to return an object with the highlight key. Check out the technews demo where the DataSearch component uses a customHighlight as given below,
    dataField={['title', 'text']}
    customHighlight={(props) => ({
        highlight: {
            pre_tags: ['<mark>'],
            post_tags: ['</mark>'],
            fields: {
                text: {},
                title: {},
            number_of_fragments: 0,
  • 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.
  • defaultQuery Function [optional]
    Lets you append your own query along with the existing query for search. This also works with customQuery and the query gets appended to the final query formed. The function receives value the current props and the category and expects you to return a query to append. For example, you may use this to limit your searches to harry potter books by something like:
    defaultQuery={(value, props, category) => ({
        match: {
            original_title: 'Potter'
  • 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.
  • innerRef Function [optional]
    You can pass a callback using innerRef which gets passed to the inner input element as ref.
  • 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.



CategorySearch component supports innerClass prop with the following keys:

  • title
  • input
  • list

Read more about it here.


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, onValueSelected and onQueryChange,
  4. specify how search suggestions should be filtered using react prop,
  5. use your own function to render suggestions using onSuggestion prop. It expects an object back for each suggestion having keys label and value. The query is run agains the value key and label is used for rendering the suggestions. label can be either String or JSX. For example,
  onSuggestion={(suggestion) => ({
    label: (<div>{suggestion._source.original_title} by<span style={{ color: 'dodgerblue', marginLeft: 5 }}>{suggestion._source.authors}</span></div>),
    value: suggestion._source.original_title,
    source: suggestion._source  // for onValueSelected to work with onSuggestion
  • it’s also possible to take control of the entire suggestions rendering using the renderSuggestions prop. Check the custom suggestions recipe for more info.

  • add the following synthetic events to the underlying input element:

    • onBlur
    • onFocus
    • onKeyPress
    • onKeyDown
    • onKeyUp
    • autoFocus
  style={{"paddingBottom": "10px"}}
    function(value, props) {
      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(value, category, cause, source) {
      console.log("current value and category: ", value, category)
    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 and props as parameters and returns the data query to be applied to the component, as defined in Elasticsearch 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.
  • onValueSelected Function
    is called with the value and the category selected via user interaction. If the search was performed by selecting the ‘in all categories’ suggestion, category is received as *. If it was performed for one of the categorized suggestion, the category is received. In other cases (either searching without selecting a suggestion or picking an uncategorized suggestion), category is received as null. It works only with autosuggest and is called whenever a suggestion is selected or a search is performed by pressing enter key. It also passes the cause of action and the source object if the cause of action was 'SUGGESTION_SELECT'. The source would be null if a category based suggestion was selected. The possible causes are:

    • `‘CLEAR_VALUE’
  • 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.


CategorySearch with default props