Example of Searchable Dropdown / Picker in React Native

React Native Searchable Dropdown / Picker

This is an example of a Searchable Dropdown / Picker in React Native. To make a Searchable Dropdown in React Native we have a SearchableDropdown component provided by react-native-searchable-dropdown.

React Native Picker is the component that can be used as a drop-down but in case of huge data we have to give the facility to search for the option for that we can use Searchable Dropdown.

How to use SearchableDropdown component?

<SearchableDropdown
  onTextChange={text => console.log(text)}
  //On text change listner on the searchable input
  onItemSelect={item => alert(JSON.stringify(item))}
  //onItemSelect called after the selection from the dropdown
  containerStyle={{ padding: 5 }}
  //suggestion container style
  textInputStyle={{
    //inserted text style
    padding: 12,
    borderWidth: 1,
    borderColor: '#ccc',
    backgroundColor: '#FAF7F6',
  }}
  itemStyle={{
    //single dropdown item style
    padding: 10,
    marginTop: 2,
    backgroundColor: '#FAF9F8',
    borderColor: '#bbb',
    borderWidth: 1,
  }}
  itemTextStyle={{
    //text style of a single dropdown item
    color: '#222',
  }}
  itemsContainerStyle={{
    //items container style you can pass maxHeight
    //to restrict the items dropdown hieght
    maxHeight: '60%',
  }}
  items={items}
  //mapping of item array
  defaultIndex={2}
  //default selected item index
  placeholder="placeholder"
  //place holder for the search input
  resetValue={false}
  //reset textInput Value with true and false state
  underlineColorAndroid="transparent"
  //To remove the underline from the android input
/>

In this example of Searchable Dropdown, we will make 2 searchable drop-downs. One of them will have the data from the static array and the other one have the data from calling the rest API. So Let’s get started.

To Make a React Native App

Getting started with React Native will help you to know more about the way you can make a React Native project. We are going to use react-native init to make our React Native App. Assuming that you have node installed, you can use npm to install the react-native-cli command line utility. Open the terminal and go to the workspace and run

npm install -g react-native-cli

Run the following commands to create a new React Native project

react-native init ProjectName

If you want to start a new project with a specific React Native version, you can use the --version argument:

react-native init ProjectName --version X.XX.X
react-native init ProjectName --version react-native@next

This will make a project structure with an index file named App.js in your project directory.

Installation of Dependency

To use SearchableDropdown component you need to install react-native-searchable-dropdown dependency.

To install this open the terminal and jump into your project

cd ProjectName

Run the following command

npm install react-native-searchable-dropdown --save

This command will copy all the dependencies into your node_module directory

Code

Now Open App.js in any code editor and replace the code with the following code

App.js

/*This is an Example of Searchable Dropdown*/
import React, { Component } from 'react';
//import react in our project
import { View, Text } from 'react-native';
//import basic react native components
import SearchableDropdown from 'react-native-searchable-dropdown';
//import SearchableDropdown component

//Item array for the dropdown
var items = [
  //name key is must.It is to show the text in front
  { id: 1, name: 'angellist' },
  { id: 2, name: 'codepen' },
  { id: 3, name: 'envelope' },
  { id: 4, name: 'etsy' },
  { id: 5, name: 'facebook' },
  { id: 6, name: 'foursquare' },
  { id: 7, name: 'github-alt' },
  { id: 8, name: 'github' },
  { id: 9, name: 'gitlab' },
  { id: 10, name: 'instagram' },
];
export default class App extends Component {
  constructor() {
    super();
    this.state = {
      serverData: [],
      //Data Source for the SearchableDropdown
    };
  }
  componentDidMount() {
    fetch('https://aboutreact.herokuapp.com/demosearchables.php')
      .then(response => response.json())
      .then(responseJson => {
        //Successful response from the API Call
        this.setState({
          serverData: [...this.state.serverData, ...responseJson.results],
          //adding the new data in Data Source of the SearchableDropdown
        });
      })
      .catch(error => {
        console.error(error);
      });
  }
  render() {
    return (
      <View style={{ flex: 1, marginTop: 30 }}>
        <Text style={{ marginLeft: 10 }}>
          Searchable Dropdown from Static Array
        </Text>
        <SearchableDropdown
          onTextChange={text => console.log(text)}
          //On text change listner on the searchable input
          onItemSelect={item => alert(JSON.stringify(item))}
          //onItemSelect called after the selection from the dropdown
          containerStyle={{ padding: 5 }}
          //suggestion container style
          textInputStyle={{
            //inserted text style
            padding: 12,
            borderWidth: 1,
            borderColor: '#ccc',
            backgroundColor: '#FAF7F6',
          }}
          itemStyle={{
            //single dropdown item style
            padding: 10,
            marginTop: 2,
            backgroundColor: '#FAF9F8',
            borderColor: '#bbb',
            borderWidth: 1,
          }}
          itemTextStyle={{
            //text style of a single dropdown item
            color: '#222',
          }}
          itemsContainerStyle={{
            //items container style you can pass maxHeight
            //to restrict the items dropdown hieght
            maxHeight: '60%',
          }}
          items={items}
          //mapping of item array
          defaultIndex={2}
          //default selected item index
          placeholder="placeholder"
          //place holder for the search input
          resetValue={false}
          //reset textInput Value with true and false state
          underlineColorAndroid="transparent"
          //To remove the underline from the android input
        />
        <Text style={{ marginLeft: 10 }}>
          Searchable Dropdown from Dynamic Array from Server
        </Text>
        <SearchableDropdown
          onTextChange={text => console.log(text)}
          //On text change listner on the searchable input
          onItemSelect={item => alert(JSON.stringify(item))}
          //onItemSelect called after the selection from the dropdown
          containerStyle={{ padding: 5 }}
          //suggestion container style
          textInputStyle={{
            //inserted text style
            padding: 12,
            borderWidth: 1,
            borderColor: '#ccc',
            backgroundColor: '#FAF7F6',
          }}
          itemStyle={{
            //single dropdown item style
            padding: 10,
            marginTop: 2,
            backgroundColor: '#FAF9F8',
            borderColor: '#bbb',
            borderWidth: 1,
          }}
          itemTextStyle={{
            //text style of a single dropdown item
            color: '#222',
          }}
          itemsContainerStyle={{
            //items container style you can pass maxHeight
            //to restrict the items dropdown hieght
            maxHeight: '50%',
          }}
          items={this.state.serverData}
          //mapping of item array
          defaultIndex={2}
          //default selected item index
          placeholder="placeholder"
          //place holder for the search input
          resetValue={false}
          //reset textInput Value with true and false state
          underlineColorAndroid="transparent"
          //To remove the underline from the android input
        />
      </View>
    );
  }
}

To Run the React Native App

Open the terminal again and jump into your project using.
cd ProjectName
To run the project on an Android Virtual Device or on real debugging device
react-native run-android
or on the iOS Simulator by running
react-native run-ios (macOS only).

Output Screenshots

Output in Online Emulator

That was the example of the searchable dropdown/picker in React Native. If you have any doubts or you want to share something about the topic you can comment below or contact us here. There will be more posts coming soon. Stay tuned!

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20 thoughts on “Example of Searchable Dropdown / Picker in React Native”

  1. This is regarding react-native-searchable-dropdown

    –> Can i clear the already selected item
    –> can i set the default value

    Reply
    • –> Can I clear the already selected item
      Response: You can see resetValue={false} prop which can be managed using the state. It will clear the selected value and can clear the already selected item.

      –> can I set the default value
      You can use defaultIndex={2} to set the default value.

      Reply
      • You can see resetValue={false} prop which can be managed using the state. It will clear the selected value and can clear the already selected item.

        resetValue did not work for me to clear the fields. Can you show an example?

        This is how I am doing it currently:
        resetValue={value === ”}
        if value is empty string then it will be true. which should reset the field.

        Reply
  2. Hello Snehal Agrawal,

    I will need get data from Web API like your second solution, but your second solution is not workining. Do you see your problem ? Could you help me the correct solution send me ?

    Reply
  3. I found from old comments on this page that ScrollView is causing this issue. I’m using KeyboardAwareScrollView on my screen after removing the KeyboardAwareScrollView the onItemSelect is working fine. Is there is anyway to work it together with KeyboardAwareScrollView

    Reply
    • I don’t think so as I have also faced the same issue. You can break the screen into multiple screens instead of using a scroll view. You can see many famous apps are doing that and it is kind of a good thing to do that. You can make any screens and can show like fragment (although it’s not a fragment you will just hide the previous thing and will show the next one) https://aboutreact.com/android-fragment-view/

      Reply

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