How to create a facebook style autocomplete using Angularjs

Jun 30, 2019
2 min read
  • #facebook
  • #autocomplete
  • #mysql
  • #angularjs

This tutorial explains how to show autocomplete results for a textbox input using AngularJS, PHP and MySQL with the help of Angular UI directive.

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To achieve the desired autocomplete functionality, We will be using Bootstrap UI directive library for AngularJS.

Angular UI Directives: A library of essential bootstrap components written in pure AngularJS by AngularUI Team.

Its easy to set up
Download and include the js file in index.html.

<script src="js/angular.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="js/ui-bootstrap-tpls-0.9.0.js"></script>
<script src="app/app.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Inject the dependency on the ui.bootstrap module and get the data from the database using \$ajax at your app.js file

var app = angular.module('myApp', ['ui.bootstrap'])
app.controller('autocompleteController', function ($scope, $http) {
	getCountries() // Load all countries with capitals
	function getCountries() {
		$http.get('ajax/getCountries.php').success(function (data) {
			$scope.countries = data

Create a custome template to hold the output at your autocomplete.html file

<script id="customTemplate.html" type="text/ng-template">
	<a><span bind-html-unsafe="match.label | typeaheadHighlight:query"><i>({{}})

Bind the typeahead directive into your input field.

<input class="form-control" ng-model="selectedCountries" placeholder="Search Countries" style="width:350px;" type="text" typeahead="c as for c in countries | filter:$viewValue | limitTo:10" typeahead-min-length="1" typeahead-on-select="onSelectPart($item, $model, $label)" typeahead-template-url="customTemplate.html"></input>

Import the countries.sql into your database which contains country names and capitals

The getCountries.php file which gets all the countries with capitals from MySQL database

<?php require_once '../includes/config.php';

$query="select distinct, from countries c order by 1";
$result = $mysqli-?>
query($query) or die($mysqli->error.__LINE__);

$arr = array();
    if($result->num_rows > 0) {
    while($row = $result->fetch_assoc()) {
    $arr[] = $row;

# JSON-encode the response
echo $json_response = json_encode($arr);

This will populate the countries scope, Which in turn binds to our Search Countries input