by nStudio | v1.0.1
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The native listpickers on iOS and Android are not great for huge lists that users may want to filter. This plugin is a modal that offers filtering capabilities.


tns plugin add nativescript-filterable-listpicker


In order to use the plugin, you must place it on your page within a namespace. Wherever you place it, thats where it will display when invoked, but it will be hidden until you invoke it. The best way to use this is to place it on top of your page content like this:

NativeScript Core

<Page xmlns="http://schemas.nativescript.org/tns.xsd" loaded="pageLoaded" class="page" xmlns:ui="nativescript-filterable-listpicker">
<GridLayout rows="" columns="">
<Image src="https://i.pinimg.com/736x/a4/40/04/a4400453bad6d581ec203ad1455d0c8f--pretty-pics-pretty-pictures.jpg" stretch="aspectFill" />
<GridLayout rows="*, auto, *">
<StackLayout height="300">
<Button text="Pick Your Fav Language" tap="{{showPicker}}" height="50" width="250" style="background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.7); color: white; border-radius: 25; margin-bottom: 20;margin-bottom:15"/>
<Button text="Pick Your Favorite Animal" tap="{{showNewThings}}" height="50" width="250" style="background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.7); color: white; border-radius: 25;margin-bottom:15"/>
<Button text="Use it like Autocomplete" tap="{{showPickerAsAutocomplete}}" height="50" width="250" style="background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.7); color: white; border-radius: 25;"/>

<Label text="{{selection ? 'I chose ' + selection : ''}}" textWrap="true" style="font-size: 30; text-align: center; margin-top: 50; font-weight: bold; color: white;" />
<!-- props to tes: enableSearch="false" showCancel="false" headingTitle="Testing" -->
<ui:FilterableListpicker focusOnShow="false" id="myfilter" blur="dark" dimmerColor="rgba(76,196,211,0.7)" hintText="Type to filter..." source="{{listitems}}" canceled="{{cancelFilterableList}}" itemTapped="{{itemTapped}}" />

Then in your code...

public showPicker() {

public itemTapped(args) {
alert(args.selectedItem + ' was tapped!')

public cancelFilterableList() {
// this gets called if the user cancels the modal.

Use as Autocomplte

You can use nativescript-filterable-list-picker as autocomplete from your backend server or third party provider like Google Place API please see demo If you bind source before use autocomplete function this resources will be cloned and until the TextField is empty the Filterable-listpicker wil be populated with that resources, if you write then the autocomplete take the relay.


private filterableListpicker: FilterableListpicker;
private page: Page;
constructor(page: Page) {
this.page = page;
// Get filterableListpicker instance
this.filterableListpicker = (<any>this.page.getViewById('myfilter'));
MyModel = this;

public showPickerAsAutocomplete() {
// IMPORTANT : Set `isAutocomplete` to true to enable `textChange` listener
this.filterableListpicker.isAutocomplete = true;

this.filterableListpicker.autocomplete((data) => {
let url = placesApiUrl + "?input=" + data.value + "&language=fr_FR&key=" + API_KEY;
http.getJSON<Predictions>(url).then((res) => {
const airportsCollection = res.predictions;
const items = [];
for (let i = 0; i < airportsCollection.length; i++) {
title: airportsCollection[i].description,
description: "",
source: airportsCollection[i]

this.set("listitems", items)
}).catch((err) => {
const message = 'Error fetching remote data from ' + url + ': ' + err.message;

NativeScript Angular

In angular, you have to register the element in your app component like so:

// app.component.ts
import {registerElement} from "nativescript-angular/element-registry";
registerElement("FilterableListpicker", () => require("nativescript-filterable-listpicker").FilterableListpicker);

Then use it in your templates like...

<Image src="res://nicebackgroundimage.jpg"></Image>
<Label text="Whats your favorite programming language?"></Label>
<Button text="Choose a Language" (tap)="showPicker()"></Button>
<FilterableListpicker #myfilter blur="dark" hintText="Type to filter..." [source]="listitems" (canceled)="cancelFilterableList($event)" (itemTapped)="itemTapped($event)"></FilterableListpicker>

Then in your code...

@ViewChild('myfilter') myfilter: ElementRef;

cancelFilterableList() {

itemTapped(args) {

showPicker() {

Note: When calling show, as of 2.1.0 you can pass in a viewContainer that the plugin will use to find the necessary elements. This allows you to use the list picker in modals now! For example, you could pass in a Page element, or a GridLayout that contains the FilterableListpicker element like this:

in android:

@ViewChild('myContainer') myContainer: ElementRef;

public function showPicker() {

Note: You can change the items in the filterable list easily by just setting the source to an array in your observable, and changing then changing the array. Take a look at the demo project for an example.

Source Array

As of version 2.0, you can supply either an array of strings, or an array of objects. The object must contain a parameter called title, and thats what will display as the title. Check out the gif above to see what the picker looks like when supplying an object. The 3 parameters the picker will display if in your object are:

Property Description
title The title, this is what your list will be filtered on, and it will display in bold.
image OPTIONAL: This will display to the left of the title.
description OPTIONAL: This will display under the title smaller and in gray.

Here's some example code:

public listitems = [
"image": "https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/gN6iBKP1b2GTXZZoCxhyXiYIAh8QJ_8xzlhEK6csyDadA4GdkEdIEy9Bc8s5jozt1g=w300",
"title": "Brown Bear",
"description": "Brown bear brown bear, what do you see?"
"image": "http://icons.veryicon.com/png/Flag/Rounded%20World%20Flags/Indonesia%20Flag.png",
"title": "Red Bird"
"title": "Purple Cat",
"description": "Why are we teaching kids there are purple cats?"

You could, for example, massage the results of an API call and use the result array of objects to display in the picker. Other parameters can be present in the objects in the array (like IDs for example), the picker will use title, image and description if they are present. Although title must be present.

Here's how it will look in the picker:


Thanks to Mike Richards, this plugin is now compatible with webpack. Just follow the webpack instructions carefully, in particular the bundle-config.js and require("bundle-entry-points"); parts. See more here.


The UI element accepts the following parameters:

Property Default Description
source REQUIRED The array of strings or objects (see Source Array above) you want to display in the picker.
hintText Enter text to filter... This is the text that shows up as the hint for the textfield used to filter the list.
listWidth 300 The width of the modal element.
listHeight 300 The height of the modal element.
focusOnShow false true or false, indicating if the textfield should be in focus (and the keyboard open) when the listpicker is shown.
dimmerColor rgba(0,0,0,0.8) The color of the dimmer behind the modal. You can set it to transparent, or any color supported by NativeScript (ex: rgba(255,255,255,0.5), red, #0088CC)
blur none iOS only. Pass dark or light for a dark or light blur effect. If this is passed, dimmerColor is ignored on iOS but respected on Android.
itemTapped(args) This is the function called when an item in the list is tapped. The modal is automically dismissed, and you can access to item tapped with args.selectedItem.
canceled This is just a function to call if the user cancels, probably rarely neccessary.
showCancel Show cancel button or not.
enableSearch Allow searching by showing the TextField at the top.
autocomplete(fn: Function) Allow binding listener textChangeEvent to Textfield and use the plugin as autocomplete eg.: Google Place API.

CSS Styling

.flp-container .flp-list-container {
border-radius: 10;
.flp-container .flp-list-container .flp-listview {
background-color: white;

.flp-container .flp-list-container .flp-listview .flp-row {
background-color: white;
/* .flp-container .flp-list-container .flp-listview .flp-row .flp-row-container {
padding: 10;
} */

.flp-container .flp-list-container .flp-listview .flp-row .flp-image {
margin: 10 0 10 5;
.flp-container .flp-list-container .flp-listview .flp-row .flp-title-container {
margin: 10 10 10 5;
/* margin: 0 10 0 10; */
.flp-container .flp-list-container .flp-listview .flp-row .flp-title-container .flp-title {
font-weight: bold;
font-size: 16;
.flp-container .flp-list-container .flp-listview .flp-row .flp-title-container .flp-description {
color: gray;
font-size: 13;
.flp-container .flp-list-container .flp-listview .flp-row .flp-title-container .flp-no-title {
margin-left: 15;
padding: 10 0;
.flp-container .flp-list-container .flp-listview .flp-row .flp-item-selected {
color: lightblue;

.flp-container .flp-hint-field {
padding: 10 15;
height: 40;
background-color: #E0E0E0;
border-radius: 10 10 0 0;

.flp-container .flp-cancel-container {
background-color: #E0E0E0;
height: 40;
border-radius: 0 0 10 10;

.flp-container .flp-cancel-container .flp-btn-cancel {
font-weight: bold;
height: 40;
background-color: transparent;
border-color: transparent;
border-width: 1;
font-size: 12;


Apache License Version 2.0, January 2004