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DataSearch creates a search box UI component that is connected to one or more database 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: "Songwriting", value: "Songwriting"}, {label: "Musicians", value: "Musicians"}]}
    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 database field(s) to be connected to the component’s UI view. DataSearch accepts an Array in addition to String, useful for applying search across multiple fields.

  • nestedField String [optional] use to set the nested mapping field that allows arrays of objects to be indexed in a way that they can be queried independently of each other. Applicable only when dataField is a part of nested type.

  • title String or JSX [optional] set the title of the component to be shown in the UI.

  • defaultValue string [optional] set the initial search query text on mount.

  • value string [optional] controls the current value of the component. It sets the search query text (on mount and on update). Use this prop in conjunction with onChange function.

  • 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] set the placeholder text to be shown in the searchbox 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • showVoiceSearch Boolean [optional] show an option in search bar to enable the voice to text search. Defaults to false.

  • searchOperators Boolean [optional] Defaults to false, if set to true than you can use special characters in the search query to enable the advanced search.
    Read more about it here.

  • 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 selected value of the list. This is useful for sharing URLs with the component state. Defaults to false.

  • render Function [optional] You can render custom suggestions by using render prop.
    It accepts an object with these properties:

    • loading: boolean indicates that the query is still in progress
    • error: object An object containing the error info
    • data: array An array of parsed suggestions obtained from the applied query.
    • rawData: array An array of original suggestions obtained from the applied query.
    • value: string current search input value i.e the search query being used to obtain suggestions.
    • downshiftProps: object provides all the control props from downshift which can be used to bind list items with click/mouse events. Read more about it here.

          downshiftProps: {
      }) => {
          if(loading) {
              return <div>Fetching Suggestions.</div>
          if(error) {
              return (
                      Something went wrong! Error details {JSON.stringify(error)}
          return (isOpen && Boolean(value.length)) ? (
                          {data.slice(0, 5).map((suggestion, index) => (
                                  {...getItemProps({ item: suggestion })}
                          {Boolean(value.length) && (
                              <div {...getItemProps({ item: { label: value, value: value }})}>
                                  Show all results for "{value}"
      		) : null

      Or you can also use render function as children

          }) => (
              // return UI to be rendered
  • renderError String or JSX or Function [optional] can we used to render an error message in case of any error.

    renderError={(error) => (
                Something went wrong!<br/>Error details<br/>{error}
  • renderNoSuggestion String or JSX or Function [optional] can we used to render a message when there is no suggestions found.

    renderNoSuggestion={() => (
                No suggestions found
  • getMicInstance Function [optional] You can pass a callback function to get the instance of SpeechRecognition object, which can be used to override the default configurations.

  • renderMic String or JSX or Function [optional] can we used to render the custom mic option.
    It accepts an object with the following properties:

    • handleClick: function needs to be called when the mic option is clicked.
    • status: string is a constant which can have one of these values:
      INACTIVE - mic is in inactive state i.e not listening
      STOPPED - mic has been stopped by the user
      ACTIVE - mic is listening
      DENIED - permission is not allowed

      renderMic = {({ handleClick, status }) => {
      		switch(status) {
      			case 'ACTIVE':
      				return <img src="/active_mic.png" onClick={handleClick} />
      			case 'DENIED':
      			case 'STOPPED':
      				return <img src="/mute_mic.png" onClick={handleClick} />
      				return <img src="/inactive_mic.png" onClick={handleClick} />
  • onChange function [optional] is a callback function which accepts component’s current value as a parameter. It is called when you are using the value prop and the component’s value changes. This prop is used to implement the controlled component behavior.

    	onChange={(value, triggerQuery, event) => {
    		}, () => triggerQuery())


    If you’re using the controlled behavior than it’s your responsibility to call the triggerQuery method to update the query i.e execute the search query and update the query results in connected components by react prop. It is not mandatory to call the triggerQuery in onChange you can also call it in other input handlers like onBlur or onKeyPress.

  • onSuggestions Function [optional] You can pass a callback function to listen for the changes in suggestions.The function receives suggestions list.

  • onError Function [optional] gets triggered in case of an error and provides the error object, which can be used for debugging or giving feedback to the user if needed.



DataSearch component supports innerClass prop with the following keys:

  • title
  • input
  • list
  • mic

Read more about it here.


DataSearch 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 parseSuggestion prop. It expects an object back for each suggestion having keys label and value. The query is run against the value key and label is used for rendering the suggestions. label can be either String or JSX. For example,
  parseSuggestion={(suggestion) => ({
    label: (
            {suggestion._source.original_title} by
            <span style={{ color: 'dodgerblue', marginLeft: 5 }}>
    value: suggestion._source.original_title,
    source: suggestion._source  // for onValueSelected to work with parseSuggestion
  • it’s also possible to take control of rendering individual suggestions with parseSuggestion prop or the entire suggestions rendering using the render 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


    All these events accepts the triggerQuery as a second parameter which can be used to trigger the DataSearch query with the current selected value (useful to customize the search query execution).

  style={{"paddingBottom": "10px"}}
    function(value, props) {
      return {
        query: {
            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, cause, source) {
      console.log("current value: ", value)
    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 DataSearch 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 DataSearch component as long as the component is a part of react dependency of at least one other component.
  • defaultQuery Function takes value and props as parameters and returns the data query to be applied to the source component, as defined in Elasticsearch Query DSL, which doesn’t get leaked to other components.
    Read more about it here.
  • 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 DataSearch.
  • onValueSelected Function is called with the value selected via user interaction. 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 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 DataSearch’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.


DataSearch with default props

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