How to create an autocomplete input with only HTML

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How to create an autocomplete input with only HTML

How to create an autocomplete input with only HTML
How to create an autocomplete input with only HTML

Over the last few days, we’ve looked at how some awesome ways you can use one line of CSS to replace a bunch of custom JavaScript. Today, we’re going to look at how to create an autocomplete input with only HTML.

The datalist element #

To make this work, start by creating a label and input like you normally would.

<label for="wizards">Who's the best wizard?</label>
<input type="text" id="wizards" name="wizards">

Next, create a datalist element.

In it, add an option element for each autocomplete choice. Using the example above, we’d create an option for each wizard.

<label for="wizards">Who's the best wizard?</label>
<input type="text" id="wizards" name="wizards">

<datalist>
  <option>Harry Potter</option>
  <option>Hermione</option>
  <option>Dumbledore</option>
  <option>Merlin</option>
  <option>Gandalf</option>
</datalist>

Finally, we need to associate the datalist with the input.

Give the datalist an ID, and add the list property to your input with a value equal to your datalist ID.

<label for="wizards">Who's the best wizard?</label>
<input type="text" id="wizards" name="wizards" list="wizards-list">

<datalist id="wizards-list">
  <option>Harry Potter</option>
  <option>Hermione</option>
  <option>Dumbledore</option>
  <option>Merlin</option>
  <option>Gandalf</option>
</datalist>

Now, when the user types, the browser reveals a list of options they can choose from.

Demo.

See the Pen
datalist
by Chris Ferdinandi (@cferdinandi)
on CodePen.

Browser Compatibility #

he datalist element works in all modern browsers, and back to IE10.