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Ember Crossfilter


Install via npm: npm install ember-crossfilter

Both Ember DS and native JavaScript filtering methods are slow in comparison to Crossfilter. However, Crossfilter is not the easiest to get started with, and people starting out with Crossfilter find themselves in a pickle. That's why I've created a facade for working with Crossfilter with Ember. If you wish to go with your own implementation, then EmberCrossfilter also serves as a nice reference, and an example of a good implementation.

Out of the box, EmberCrossfilter provides:

  • Create simple filters, such as ranges, custom callbacks, exact matches;
  • Create more complicated boolean filters, such as OR/AND (filterAnd/filterOr);
  • Ability to determine which filters are active;
  • Find the highest/lowest values quickly (top/bottom);
  • Naturally sort an array using the sort object, and modify using the sortContent method;
  • Ability to extend EmberCrossfilter by accessing the _crossfilter property;


EmberCrossfilter provides a simple interface with a minimal footprint.

It exposes the following public methods:

  • isActiveFilter(key, value) – whether a filter is currently active, with an optional value parameter for specificity.
  • addFilter(key, value) – add a new filter to filter against;
  • addRecord(record) – adds an individual record to the collection;
  • addRecords(records) – adds many records;
  • deleteRecord(record) – deletes a record by the primaryKey;
  • deleteRecords(records) – deletes many records;
  • removeFilter(key, value) – remove a filter that's already been applied using addFilter;
  • clearAllFilters – clears all of the applied filters;
  • sortContent(property, isAscending) – filters the content based on a property from the model;
  • top(property, count) – a helper method for finding the highest value of property;
  • bottom(property, count) – same as above, but the lowest value;


If you'd like to see the timing outputs in your console, simply set allowDebugging to true in your controller that implements the EmberCrossfilter mixin, and you'll see how long various operations took in milliseconds.


To set the default sorting direction for when EmberCrossfilter is initialised, you can supply a sort object in your controller.

The following will sort descending by the name property:

sort: { sortProperty: 'name', isAscending: false }

If you'd like to trigger sorting updates from your controllers/views, then you can invoke the sortContent method with the property, and the direction (ascending/descending), and EmberCrossfilter will update the sort object for you to reflect the changes.

The following will change the sorting to sort ascending by the age property:

sortContent('age', true);


EmberCrossfilter doesn't provide any mechanism for determining if the content has been updated. If you'd like to know when an update has occurred, then you can observer the content.length property on your controller.

Extras: Crossfilter's Missing Child

When using Crossfilter, it became apparent that comparing two arrays was naturally slow in Crossfilter, such as when you had [1, 2, 3] and you wanted only models with those values set. EmberCrossfilter rectifies that issue by offering a bitwise solution (filterAnd/filterOr) which does all the hard-work for you. It can be configured to use OR/AND.

AND (filterAnd)

If you've set ['Italy', 'Russia'] then a model must have BOTH of these values to be considered valid.

  • Valid: ['Italy', 'Russia', 'Spain']
  • Invalid: ['Italy', 'Brazil', 'India']

OR (filterOr)

In this case if you've set ['Italy', 'Russia'], then a model can have either or both of these to be considered valid.

  • Valid: ['Italy', 'Haiti']
  • Invalid: ['Portugal', 'Latvia']