Integrations / Platforms / Shopify / Autocomplete Menu

Autocomplete Menu

Introduction

The Autocomplete Menu is one of the two main Algolia integrations we provide through the Algolia for Shopify plugin. It will replace your default search bar with an Algolia-powered search bar that provides results as-you-type.

Autocomplete Menu Demo

You can implement Autocomplete in most themes.

Configuration

You can find the Autocomplete configuration options in the Search options tab of the Shopify app.

The Autocomplete configuration screen in the Shopify admin

CSS selector

This targets which inputs you want the search to autocomplete on. By default, we find any input in a form that targets the /search page. If you want to target an input that this selector doesn’t catch, you can either change it, or add the algolia-shopify-autocomplete class to it.

Number of products shown

How many products to display in the Autocomplete menu results.

Number of collections shown

How many collections to display in the Autocomplete menu results.

Number of articles shown

How many articles to display in the Autocomplete menu results. This requires articles to be indexed.

Number of pages shown

How many pages to display in the Autocomplete menu results. This requires pages to be indexed.

Colors

The colors to use for the Autocomplete menu.

Debug mode

This prevents the Autocomplete menu from closing when you inspect elements with the developer tools of your browser. This is useful to debug styling issues.

Files

If you’re looking to change the default behavior of the autocomplete menu, and the configuration options don’t match your needs, then you’ll have to directly edit the code.

The autocomplete has several associated files:

Main files

  1. assets/algolia_autocomplete.js.liquid
  2. snippets/algolia_autocomplete.css.hogan.liquid
  3. snippets/algolia_autocomplete.hogan.liquid

Product templates

  1. snippets/algolia_autocomplete_product.hogan.liquid
  2. snippets/algolia_autocomplete_footer.hogan.liquid
  3. snippets/algolia_autocomplete_products_empty.hogan.liquid

Collection templates

  1. snippets/algolia_autocomplete_collection.hogan.liquid
  2. snippets/algolia_autocomplete_collections_empty.hogan.liquid

Article templates

  1. snippets/algolia_autocomplete_article.hogan.liquid
  2. snippets/algolia_autocomplete_articles_empty.hogan.liquid

Main files

assets/algolia_autocomplete.js.liquid

This is the main autocomplete file: it contains all of the front-end logic. To learn more about the library we’re using, you can check out two important resources:

  1. Our autocomplete creation guide
  2. autocomplete.js’s documentation on GitHub

snippets/algolia_autocomplete.css.hogan.liquid

This file contains all autocomplete related styling rules. If you’re looking to modify the autocompletion dropdown, you’ll want to edit this file.

The file is a .hogan template to allow configuration options to be passed from the JavaScript file to the stylesheet.

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{
  colors: {     // Theme colors (configurable in the application)
    main,
    secondary,
    highlight
  },
  helpers
}

snippets/algolia_autocomplete.hogan.liquid

This template handles the autocomplete menu layout.

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{
  helpers,
  storeName,
  with: {         // Object to know whether or not to display a specific part of the autocomplete
    articles,
    collections,
    poweredBy,
    products
  }
}

Product templates

snippets/algolia_autocomplete_product.hogan.liquid

This file is the entry template for products. It receives the Algolia response.

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{
  // Product attributes
  helpers,

  // Algolia search results attributes: https://algolia/doc/api-client/php/search#sample
  _highlightResult,  // For all attributes in the attributesToHighlight
  _snippetResult     // For all attributes in the attributesToSnippet setting of the index
}

snippets/algolia_autocomplete_footer.hogan.liquid

This template is used to add information after the list of product results.

By default, it displays a link that redirects to the search page and an exhaustive search results list.

The template is only displayed if the search result count exceeds the number of results that can fit in the autocomplete menu.

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{
  helpers,
  isEmpty,              // Did the search return 0 results
  nbHits,               // How much results were returned?
  query
}

snippets/algolia_autocomplete_products_empty.hogan.liquid

This template handles a non-empty search with no product results.

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{
  helpers,
  query
}

Collection templates

snippets/algolia_autocomplete_collection.hogan.liquid

This is a collection entry’s template. It receives the Algolia response record.

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{
  // Collection attributes
  helpers,

  // Algolia search results attributes: https://www.algolia.com/doc/api-client/php/search#sample
  _highlightResult,           // For all attributes in the attributesToHighlight setting of the index
  _snippetResult              // For all attributes in the attributesToSnippet setting of the index
}

snippets/algolia_autocomplete_collections_empty.hogan.liquid

This template handles a non-empty searches with no collection results.

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{
  helpers,
  query
}

Article templates

snippets/algolia_autocomplete_article.hogan.liquid

This is an article entry’s template. It receives the Algolia response record.

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{
  // Article attributes
  helpers,

  // Algolia search results attributes: https://www.algolia.com/doc/api-client/php/search#sample
  _highlightResult,           // For all attributes in the attributesToHighlight setting of the index
  _snippetResult              // For all attributes in the attributesToSnippet setting of the index
}

snippets/algolia_autocomplete_article.hogan.liquid

This template handles a non-empty search with no article results.

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{
  helpers,
  query
}

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