I'm working to create a Search API view. I have an exposed filter that's a fulltext search filter. I'd like to expose another filter that works similar to the exposed entity reference, which allows users to reference multiple tags, separated by commas; the field will then autocomplete the entered value.

Is there a way to achieve this using the Search API Views and the Search API Autocomplete modules? As far as I can see, there isn't a way to autocomplete multiple words/phrases, instead of just the first word/phrase.


Add the datasource (entity reference) as a exposed filter. enter image description here

Check the "allow multiple selections".

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Now, the user can add comma seperated tags (with autocompletion): enter image description here

Used search api 8.x-1.13 on drupal 8.6.16


I would enable the Facet API module first of all, which will give you the facet interaction with Search API.

I would then point you towards a good, simple tutorial at https://medium.com/@swappyp20/creating-a-faceted-search-view-in-drupal-8-using-the-search-api-modules-2b2604ad37f4

Hopefully you should be able to sort it out from there.

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    Indeed. Facets is the way to go here. – Stef Van Looveren May 17 '19 at 10:45
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    Facets would be good if I had 50 or 100 tags, but there are thousands of tags. The autocomplete functionality is really important. There is the "facets autocomplete" module but it's a sandbox module and doesn't seem to work right. – Matt May 17 '19 at 12:02

In Filter criteria you need to Add the tag (Taxonomy) fields to extract right values from views. Also remember to select expose this filter to visitors and selection type - Autocomplete and check Allow Multiple Selections. You can see attached screenshots below.

I hope these will help.

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  • This is good info about how to add contextual filters to views, but ultimately doesn't answer the question which was how to add autocomplete exposed filters to search_api views. – Matt May 18 '19 at 10:55
  • @Matt I want you to recover your vote!, I edited the answer, it is not difficult to select autocomplete and expose filter to visitors to allow to change it – Alen Simonyan May 20 '19 at 18:13

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