Much in the same way that it is on this site (as you type your question, it shows similar questions) is there a module that will search for similar nodes as I type the node title in Drupal?

I know of the Unique Field module, however it only checks after the node has been submitted. I need some way of doing it as they type.

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There is module Uniqueness , it does exactly what you want. It allows you to enable for any content type, and you can configure checking on node add or edit or both.

Uniqueness module provides a way to avoid duplicate content on your site by informing a user about similar or related content during creation of a new post. A UI widget is added to the node/add form that does asynchronous searches on inputted fields (like the node title or vocabularies) and returns the titles of similar content.

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    Awesome module, great find!
    – Clive
    May 18, 2013 at 8:56

I'm not sure if there's a contributed module already. However you can create it yourself.

First you need to create/register autocomplete callback menu using hook_menu function.

 * Implement hook_menu().
function mymodule_menu() {

  $items['mymodule-autocomplete-title'] = array(
    'page callback' => 'mymodule_autocomplete_title',
    'access arguments' => array('view published content'),
    'type' => MENU_CALLBACK,

  return $items;

Then create a function to search and retrieve similar node titles.

function mymodule_autocomplete_title($title) {
  $results = array();
  $query = db_select('node', 'n')
    ->condition('n.title', '%' . db_like($title) . '%', 'LIKE')
    ->fields('n', array('title'));

  $nodes = $query->execute();

  foreach ($nodes as $row) {
    $results[$row->title] = check_plain($row->title);


Then alter the desired node add form using hook_form_alter function to change normal node title field to autocomplete node title field.

 * Implement hook_form_alter().
function mymodule_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id) {

  // node add form id
  if($form_id == 'page_node_form') {
    // make title field autocomplete field  
    $form['title']['#autocomplete_path'] = 'mymodule-autocomplete-title';

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