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CDNJS version Open Source Helpers

Filter.js is client-side JSON objects filter which can render html elements. Multiple filter criteria can be specified and used in conjunction with each other.


Basic requirement to implement filtering using filter.js are JSON data, a 'View' template and a filter criteria.

Filter Initialisation

It takes three arguments one is movies, second is 'container' in which html elements are to be to appended and the third one is options. You can set options such as template, criteria, callbacks and search but only template is compulsory.

var FJS = FilterJS(movies, '#movies', {
  template: '#movie-template',
  filter_on_init: true, // Default filter_on_init is false
  callbacks: {
    afterFilter: function(result){

To append each item in different container use option appendToContainer. This option is a function with two arguments, one is html element content and second is record object.

//This will append elements to specific year.
var appendFn = function(html_ele, record) {
  $("#" + record.year).append(html_ele);

var FJS = FilterJS(movies, '#movies', {
  template: '#movie-template',
  appendToContainer: appendFn

JSON data

Capture the JSON data (maybe using @movies.to_json).

  var movies = [
    "name": "The Shawshank Redemption",
    "rating": 9.3,
    "director": "Frank Darabont",
    "year": 1994,
    "stars": [
      "Tim Robbins",
      "Morgan Freeman",
      "Bob Gunton"
    "runtime": 142,
    "genre": [
    "id": 1


Rendering JSON objects requires a view template. The micro-templating module in filter.js is inspired by Underscore.js.

	<script id="movie-template" type="text/html">
	  <div class="movie">
 		<div class="thumbnail">
          <span class="label label-success rating"><%= rating %></span>
          <div class="caption">
            <h4><%= name %></h4>
            <div class="outline">
              <%= outline %>
              <span class="runtime">
                <i class="glyphicon glyphicon-time"></i>
                <%= runtime %> mins.
            <div class="detail">
                <dd><%= stars %></dt>
                <dd><%= year %></dd>

Filter Criteria

The two mandatory options required are field which is name of any property from JSON data and other is HTML ele element on which filter will be triggered by an event(e.g. click, change, etc.). Other filter options are type, event and selector.

  • filter type: by default it is equal but if you want to search within a range you can set it to range. For range, html element value should be in format of val1-val2(e.g. 100-200). By default hyphen '-' is used as delimiter or range separator val1-val2. If you want to use a different separator (if data contains hyphen e.g: '2012-02-02') it can be specified using delimiter: ',' and html element value should be in format val1<delimiter>val2. i.e.2012-02-02,2015-02-02.
  • event by default for checkbox and radio button is click and for text input and select box it is change.
  • selector by default for checkbox and radio button is :checked, for input field is input and for select box is select. '#genre_criteria input:checkbox' will collect the checkboxes values in html element with id="genre_criteria"
  • all option : if selected values of specific filter criteria contains all option value then all record selected for that criteria.

There are two way to add criteria. One is add at time of filter object initialisation and other is add when required.

  //On create
  var fjs = FilterJS(movies, '#movies', {
    template: '#movie-template',
    criterias: [ {field: 'year', ele: '#year_filter', type: 'range'} ]

  // Add one at a time.
  FJS.addCriteria({field: 'year', ele: '#year_filter', type: 'range'})
  FJS.addCriteria({field: 'genre', ele: '#genre_criteria input:checkbox'})

  // with all  option
  FJS.addCriteria({field: 'year', ele: '#year_filter', type: 'range', all: 'all_years'})

  // Full options list.
  FJS.addCriteria({field: 'genre', ele: '.genres', event: 'change', selector: ':checked' })

field: genre this is a JSON attribute defined in JSON objects.

For Range selections

More detail for range filter. It is expected to set ranges as values like '20-30'


<input checked="checked" value="20-30" type="checkbox">

For nested field selection: In the below object, to select filter on name field option value would be and for city

JSON object:

      detail: { name: 'Jiren', address: { city: 'Pune' } }

Remove criteria.

Using removeCriteria, remove criteria dynamically. It take one argument filed name. i.e removing year criteria.


Filtering Callbacks

Define callback in settings. Callbacks execute on different events.

  • beforeAddRecords : Triggered before adding records to filter.
  • afterAddRecords : Triggered after all records are added.
  • beforeRender : Triggered before rendering going to call.
  • beforeRecordRender : Triggered for each JSON object record at time of rendering.
  • afterFilter : Triggered after filtering event.


  var filter_callbacks = {
    beforeAddRecords: function(records){
      // Process new JSON data records.
      // i.e Process data before adding to filter while streaming.
    afterAddRecords: function(records){
      // i.e Update google markers or update sorting.
    beforeRender: function(records){
    beforeRecordRender: function(record){
      //i.e Add/Update record fields
    afterFilter: function(result){
      // i.e Update result counter, update google map markers.

Init Filter object with above callbacks

var fjs = FilterJS(movies, '#movies', {
  template: '#movie-template',
    callbacks: filter_callbacks

  # Or add callback separately.
  FJS.addCallback('afterAddRecords', function(){
    // i.e Update total count

Instant Search integration

To enable search, add a textbox element and set the selector in options. By default search will work on all JSON object fields. If you want to search on some particular fields then set the fields option.

  // Init with search
  FilterJS(movies, '#movies', {
    template: '#movie-template',
    search: { ele: '#searchbox' }  // Search in all fields of JSON object.

  // Search in given fields
  search: { ele: '#searchbox', fields: ['name', 'runtime'] }

The search will trigger after 2 characters by default. This can be configured using start_length option.

  search: {ele: '#searchbox', fields: ['name', 'runtime'], start_length: 4 }

By default search will start immediately after a user types. A timeout can be configured using timeout option (in milliseconds).

  search: {ele: '#searchbox', fields: ['name', 'runtime'], timeout: 100 }

Add more data to existing filter

If you are streaming JSON data using ajax then you can add data like this

var fjs = FilterJS(movies, '#movies', { template: '#movie-template'})


Add data using ajax streaming

Add streaming option to above define 'settings'.

  var fjs = FilterJS(movies, '#movies', {
    template: '#movie-template',
    streaming: {
      data_url: 'movies/index.json',
      stream_after: 1,
        batch_size: 50
  • Only 'data_url' is mandatory.
  • 'stream_after' default value is 2 sec.
  • Streaming ajax request format
movies/index.json.json?offset=0&limit=50&q='search text'

Add streaming after initialisation.

  data_url: 'data/stream_movies.json',
  stream_after: 1,
  batch_size: 50

Remove records from filtering

  • Remove records using the record's id field.
  fjs.removeRecords({year: 1980});

  fjs.removeRecords({'year.$gt': 1980, 'rating': 8.5});

Change Template dynamically and Rebuild

If you want to change the template dynamically but do not want to re-render the view (you many choose to render the template yourself) then just pass the template name to setTemplate function.


If you want to re-render the new template then pass a second paramater as true. This will render the container with the data using the new template specified and apply the filtering.

  fjs.setTemplate('#movie-list-template', true);

Build and Development

  • npm install gulp -g
  • Install packages npm install
  • To build gulp build
  • For development gulp. This will start watch on files, also start webserver.


  • Old filter.js in v1.5.2 git tag.


To see the sample demo, clone this repo and open demo/filterjs.html in your browser


Auto filtering using html attributes

Filter - Google Map

Filter with Pagination

Used by

Statistisches Amt Basel-Stadt


Itrenewdirect (product search)

Tischefrei (search page)

Roboty przemysłowe

Byte b.v. (partner page)


If you use this, please send me an email, I shall add your link here!

Sponsors and Supporters


Please send me a pull request so that this can be improved.


This is released under the MIT license.

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