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Conditional display in InstantSearch iOS

This guide describes what to do when there are no results, when there’s no query, or when there are errors. Sometimes, though, users may not get any hits if their device can’t access the network or the network connection is slow.

If you want to feature content in your search results based on a set of conditions, you can use Algolia Rules to:

To learn how to suppress InstantSearch’s initial search query, check out the conditional requests guide.

Handling no results

Since not all queries lead to results, it’s essential to let users know when this happens by providing hints on how to adjust the query.

Display a message

The easiest way to display a fallback message when a query doesn’t return results is to subscribe to the Searcher’s onResponse event and show your “no results” UI whenever the response has no hits.

searcher.onResults.subscribe(with: self) { (_, results) in
    if results.hits.isEmpty {
    } else {

Handling empty queries

By default, InstantSearch always shows you results, even when the query is empty. Depending on your use case and how you build your UI, you may only want to show results when there’s a query.

The Hits widget exposes a showItemsOnEmptyQuery property in the HitsInteractor’s initializer, which defaults to true. When set to false, the widget doesn’t present hits if the query is empty.

let hitsInteractor = HitsInteractor<JSON>(showItemsOnEmptyQuery: false)

Handling errors

If an error occurs, you can display a specific piece of content to help the user return to the standard state.

To be notified of errors, subscribe to the Searcher’s onError event.

searcher.onError.subscribe(with: self) { (_, args) in
    let (_, error) = args
    debugPrint("Error occured\(error)")
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