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How to filter the data with a common search bar at the top (Angular 8)

sandeepbalachandran profile image Sandeep Balachandran Updated on ・2 min read

Hey there,

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Lets say we have common search bar at the top of our application . We need to filter the available data on the main component according to the keywords typed.

We can make use of

  • Array filter method
  • Component interaction (Child to Parent)

Let's see our Header component (header.html)

<input matInput type="text"  [(ngModel)]="searchword"(input)="searchThis()">
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We use

  • ngModel for two way data binding
  • (input) logs the value whenever you change the value of the element.

Header Component (header.ts)

import { Component,Input, OnInit, Output,EventEmitter } from '@angular/core';
@Output() searchcriteria = new EventEmitter<String>();
searchThis() {
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We create a new event emitter in order to emit the value from the header component to body component. searchThis function will trigger the event for every keypress in the search input field.

Let's see our parent component or body component

Parent component (html)

<app-header (searchcriteria)="searchThis($event)"></app-header>
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We use event binding to pass the data from header to parent .

Parent Component (ts)

  searchThis(data) {
    this.content = this.newArray
    if (data) {
      this.content = this.content.filter(function (ele, i, array) {
        let arrayelement = ele.name.toLowerCase()
        return arrayelement.includes(data)
    else {
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newArray is the array contains the data for the component. We assign the data to another array content each time function calls and filter from that array. The filter function changes the existing original array.

The filtered array will be used when we call the function if we change the original array. We need fresh array with full data each time when the function calls.

Let me know how you can improve this.

Until next time,

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Sandeep; Nice design, the event model is tops. Check out my article on Angular Event component here... dev.to/jwp/the-angular-event-servi...


Great Article. Enjoyed it.