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Example of Jquery code Example with Autocomplete code Highlighting

With this code snippet you can create an autocomplete Jquery box that highlights the code when there is at least a match among your entries.

  • You  need to reference jquery, and jquery-ui libraries

Example with Jquery 1.6

Link your html <head></head>

<script src="js/jquery-1.6.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="js/jqueryui/jquery-ui.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>


Copy the code example:

<div id="search">
		<div class="searchfield">
			<input type="text" id="s" name="busca">
		<div class="searchbtn">
			<input type="image" alt="search">
<input id="url" type="hidden"/>
 var data =[	
     	{'label':'MySQL - Quick MySQL commands and exaples plus JDBC and JSP examples' ,'value':'quick-mysql-commands-examples'},		
     	{'label':'Maven - How to use maven just to copy dependencies' ,'value':'maven-just-copy-dependencies'},		
     	{'label':'Java - CommunicationsException with Java and MYSQL' ,'value':'communications-exception-java-mariadb-mysql'},		
     	{'label':'Java - Basic Example of Persistence with Java' ,'value':'java-persistence-serializable-example'},	
     	{'label':'Linux - How to find a string in files in linux Ubuntu' ,'value':'ubuntu-find-string-files-example'},	
     	{'label':'Java - Mini Java Socket Server example' ,'value':'java-socket-mini-server-http-example'},		
     	{'label':'Linux - Top 5 linux console applications for me' ,'value':'linux-top-console-applications'},	
	   	{'label':'Tomcat - Tomcat disable session persistence' ,'value':'tomcat-disable-session-persistence'},	
	   	{'label':'Tomcat - Set Tomcat session Timeout' ,'value':'tomcat-set-session-timeout'},	
	   	{'label':'Tomcat - Tomcat How to Set a folder in our app outside the WAR deployment ' ,'value':'tomcat-folder-outside-deploy'},		            
      $.ui.autocomplete.prototype._renderItem = function( ul, item){
    	  var term = this.term.split(' ').join('|');
    	  var re = new RegExp("(" + term + ")", "gi") ;
    	  var t = item.label.replace(re,"<strong>$1</strong>");
    	  return $( "<li></li>" )
    	     .data( "item.autocomplete", item )
    	     .append( "<a>" + t + "</a>" )
    	     .appendTo( ul );
    	  minLength: 1,
          select: function(e, ui) {
              e.preventDefault(); // <--- Prevent the value from being inserted.
              var redirect = $("#url").val();
              window.location.href = redirect;


  • change your source:data if needed.
  • change the minLength to set the amount of minimun characters typed to start filtering results.
  • remove the two last lines var redirect... and window.location.href... if you don't need a redirection after choosing a result.


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