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Angular Autocomplete

angular-ngx-autocomplete is a library of Angular for implementing lookups into your angular application.

Table of contents


  • [x] Flexible autocomplete with client/server filtering.
  • [x] Variable properties and event bindings.
  • [x] Selection history.
  • [x] Custom item and 'not found' templates.
  • [x] Infinite scroll.
  • [x] Compatible with Angular forms API (Both Reactive and Template-driven forms).
  • [x] Keyboard navigation.
  • [x] Accessibility.

Getting started

Step 1: Install angular-ngx-autocomplete:


npm i angular-ngx-autocomplete

Step 2: Import the AutoCompleteModule:

import {AutoCompleteModule} from 'angular-ngx-autocomplete';

  declarations: [AppComponent],
  imports: [AutoCompleteModule],
  bootstrap: [AppComponent]
export class AppModule {}

Usage sample

<div class="ngx-autocomplete">

<ng-template #itemTemplate let-item>
<a [innerHTML]=""></a>

<ng-template #notFoundTemplate let-notFound>
<div [innerHTML]="notFound"></div>
class TestComponent {
  keyword = 'name';
  data = [
       id: 1,
       name: 'Usa'
       id: 2,
       name: 'England'

  selectEvent(item) {
    // do something with selected item

  onChangeSearch(val: string) {
    // fetch remote data from here
    // And reassign the 'data' which is binded to 'data' property.
    // do something when input is focused



Input Type Default Required Description
[data] Array<any> null yes Items array. It can be array of strings or array of objects.
inputClass string - no Style class for input field.
foundClass string - no Style class for suggestions box.
notFoundClass string - no Style class for no results found box.
isEditable boolean false no Gives ability to enter custom text if no match is found.
searchOnProperty string - yes Variable name to filter data with.
customFilter (items: any[], query: string) => any[] undefined no Custom filter function. You can use it to provide your own filtering function, as e.g. fuzzy-matching filtering, or to disable filtering at all (just pass (items) => items as a filter). Do not change the items argument given, return filtered list instead.
placeholder string - no HTML <input> placeholder text.
heading string - no Heading text of items list. If it is null then heading is hidden.
initialValue any _ no initial/default selected value.
focusFirst boolean false no Automatically focus the first matched item on the list.
historyIdentifier string _ no History identifier of history list. When valid history identifier is given, then component stores selected item to local storage of user's browser. If it is null then history is hidden. History list is visible if at least one history item is stored. History identifier must be unique.
historyHeading string Recently selected no Heading text of history list. If it is null then history heading is hidden.
historyListMaxNumber number 15 no Maximum number of items in the history list.
noResultsText string No match found for <Entered Input> no Set custom text when filter returns empty result.
isLoading boolean false no Set the loading state when data is being loaded.
minQueryLength number 1 no The minimum number of characters the user must type before a search is performed.
debounceTime number _ no Delay time while typing.
disabled boolean false no input disable/enable.
name string _ yes (If NgModel is used within a form tag) Tracks the name bound to the NgModel directive. For more details click here
[(ngModel)] any _ no Tracks the value bound to this directive. Used with Template-driven forms. For more details click here
[formControl] / formControlName string _ no Tracks the FormControl instance bound to the directive. Used with Reactive forms. For more details click here and here


Output Description
(selected) Event is emitted when an item from the list is selected.
(inputChanged) Event is emitted when an input is changed.
(inputFocused) Event is emitted when an input is focused.
(inputCleared) Event is emitted when an input is cleared.
(opened) Event is emitted when the autocomplete panel is opened.
(closed) Event is emitted when the autocomplete panel is closed.
(scrolledToEnd) Event is emitted when scrolled to the end of items. Can be used for loading more items in chunks.

Methods (controls)

Name Description
open Opens the autocomplete panel
close Closes the autocomplete panel
focus Focuses the autocomplete input element
clear Clears the autocomplete input element

To access the control methods of the component you should use @ViewChild decorator. See the example below:

<ngx-autocomplete #auto></ngx-autocomplete>
class TestComponent {
  @ViewChild('auto') auto;

  openPanel(e): void {
  closePanel(e): void {
  focus(e): void {


If you are not happy with default styles you can easily override them:

<div class="ngx-autocomplete">
.ngx-autocomplete {
    width: 400px;


  • [Sam Arora]



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