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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

  placeholder="Search for cities or venues"
  :fieldWeights="[1, 3]"
    and: ['CategoryFilter', 'SearchFilter']
  :dataField="['group_venue', 'group_city']"


  • 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.
  • defaultSelected string [optional]
    preset the search query text in the search box.
  • 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”.
  • autosuggest Boolean [optional]
    set whether the autosuggest functionality should be enabled or disabled. Defaults to true. When set to false, it searches as user types, unless debounce is also set.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • clearIcon JSX [optional]
    allows setting a custom icon for clearing text instead of the default cross.
  • 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.

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

  • renderNoSuggestion String|scoped-slot [optional] can we used to render a message when there is no suggestions found.

  • renderError String|Function|scoped-slot [optional] can be used to render an error message in case of any error.

    renderError={error => (
                Something went wrong!<br/>Error details<br/>{error}


   <template slot="renderError" scoped-slot="error">
            Something went wrong!<br/>Error details<br/>{{ error }}



DataSearch component supports innerClass prop with the following keys:

  • title
  • input

Read more about it here.


DataSearch component can be extended to

  1. customize the look and feel with className,
  2. update the underlying DB query with customQuery,
  3. connect with external interfaces using beforeValueChange, valueChange and queryChange,
  4. specify how search suggestions should be filtered using react prop.
  5. use your own function to render suggestions using renderSuggestion 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,
  :renderSuggestion="suggestion => ({
    label: `${suggestion._source.original_title} by ${suggestion._source.authors}`,
    value: suggestion._source.original_title,
    source: suggestion._source  // for onValueSelected to work with renderSuggestion
  • it’s also possible to take control of rendering individual suggestions with renderSuggestion prop or the entire suggestions rendering using the renderAllSuggestions prop.

renderAllSuggestions can be used as a scoped-slot or Function which receives some parameters which you may use to build your own custom suggestions rendering

        currentValue,       // the current value in the search
        isOpen,             // isOpen from downshift
        getItemProps,       // item props to be passed to suggestions
        highlightedIndex,   // index value which should be highlighted
        suggestions,        // unmodified suggestions from Elasticsearch
        parsedSuggestions,  // suggestions parsed by ReactiveSearch 

The suggestions parameter receives all the unparsed suggestions from elasticsearch, however parsedSuggestions are also passed which can also be used for suggestions rendering.

    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(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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • queryChange
    is an event which accepts component’s prevQuery and nextQuery as parameters. It is called everytime the component’s query changes. This event is handy in cases where you want to generate a side-effect whenever the component’s query would change.

  • valueChange
    is an event which accepts component’s current value as a parameter. It is called everytime the component’s value changes. This event 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 list item is selected in a “Discounted Price” SingleList.

  • valueSelected is called when a search is performed either by pressing enter key or the input is blurred.

  • suggestions You can use this event to listen for the changes in suggestions.The function receives suggestions list.

  • error 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.

The following events to the underlying input element:

  • blur
  • focus
  • keyPress
  • keyDown
  • keyUp


DataSearch with default props