Nette extension for AJAX select controls.

v2.2 2020-07-23 14:32 UTC



  1. Install via composer:

    composer require adt/ajax-select
  2. Register this extension in your config.neon:

        - ADT\Components\AjaxSelect\DI\AjaxSelectExtension
  3. Include AjaxServiceSignalTrait in your BasePresenter:

    class BasePresenter extends ... {
        use \ADT\Components\AjaxSelect\Traits\AjaxServiceSignalTrait;
  4. Include assets/ajax-select.js to your front-end build.

    <script type="text/javascript" src="vendor/ajax-select.min.js"></script>
  5. Create your first AjaxEntity.

  6. Use this entity in your first AjaxSelect control.

  7. Done.

What does it do?

This extension adds following methods to Nette\Forms\Container and thus to all derived classes:

  • addDynamicSelect($name, $title, $items, $itemFactory = null, $config = [])
    • dynamic select with one value
    • $itemFactory: function (array $invalidValues, DynamicSelect $input)
  • addDynamicMultiSelect($name, $title, $items, $itemFactory = null, $config = [])
    • dynamic select with multiple values
    • $itemFactory: see addDynamicSelect
  • addAjaxSelect($name, $title, $entityName = $name, $entitySetupCallback = NULL, $config = [])
    • ajax select with one value
  • addAjaxMultiSelect($name, $title, $entityName = $name, $entitySetupCallback = NULL, $config = [])
    • ajax select with multiple values


	AjaxSelectExtension::CONFIG_INVALID_VALUE_MODE => AjaxSelectExtension::INVALID_VALUE_MODE_*,

Dynamic Select

This control allows passing unknown value to $control->value field. Doing so will invoke control's $itemFactory with only one parameter - the invalid value.

The item factory can either return title for given value or empty value (NULL, empty string, zero etc.). Non-empty value is automatically appended to known list of valid values.

Ajax Select

This control needs something we call AjaxEntity, and its factory. All user AjaxEntities need to derive from our AbstractEntity or AggregateEntity.

This AjaxEntity encapsulates $itemFactory's behaviour but it can get much more powerful.


Implement AjaxEntity

First, create new class (ie. UserAjaxEntity) that derives from our AbstractEntity. In addition, We will need its factory, so create an interface (ie. IUserAjaxEntityFactory) too. Example:

namespace App\Model\Ajax;

interface IUserAjaxEntityFactory {
    /** @return UserAjaxEntity */
    function create();

class UserAjaxEntity extends \ADT\Components\AjaxSelect\Entities\AbstractEntity {

    const OPTION_ACTIVE = 'active';
    public function active($bool) {
        // if $bool is TRUE, only active users are shown,
        // otherwise, only inactive are shown
        return $this->set(self::OPTION_ACTIVE, $bool);
    public function findValues($limit) {
        $active = $this->get(self::OPTION_ACTIVE);
        // TODO return user ids depending on $active
    public function formatValues($value) {
        // TODO return array of userId => userName
    public function isValidValue($value) {
        $active = $this->get(self::OPTION_ACTIVE);
        // TODO check if passed ids are of active/inactive users,
        // depending on $active


Then register this entity and its factory in your config.neon in services section:

        create: \App\Model\Ajax\UserAjaxEntity
        implement: \App\Model\Ajax\IUserAjaxEntityFactory
        tags: [ajax-select.entity-factory]

This instructs Nette to autoimplement a factory for your entity and tag it as ajax-select.entity-factory. AjaxSelect knows about your entity now.

Now you can use your AjaxEntity direcly from your AjaxSelect control on your Nette form:

$form->addAjaxSelect('user', 'Please select active user', function (UserAjaxEntity $ajaxEntity) {

$form->addAjaxSelect('inactiveUser', 'Please select inactive user', 'user', function (UserAjaxEntity $ajaxEntity) {

Arguments $entityName and/or $entitySetupCallback can be omitted. You can omit $entityName if it's equal to control name (ie. first argument $name).

Finally you have to call finalizing ajaxSelect after the form is attached to presenter. For example you can do it in your BaseForm::attached($presenter)

/** @var \ADT\Components\AjaxSelect\Services\EntityPoolService $ajaxEntityPoolService */

AjaxEntity name, its options and query URL are serialized to control's data-ajax-select HTML attribute.

Change signal name

If you ever need to change signal that is used in query URL, proceed as follows:

  1. edit your config.neon

        getItemsSignalName: yourSignalName
  2. rename trait method

    Rewrite use AjaxServiceSignalTrait; as follows

    use AjaxServiceSignalTrait {
        handleGetAjaxItems as handleYourSignalName;


Dynamic form containers (like addDynamic and toMany)

If you create a new form container which contains an input with AjaxEntity and you create it after calling $ajaxEntityPoolService->invokeDone(); (which is called typically after form initialization), then the ajax search will not work properly.

Example of such mistake:

<?php // Form.php

public function init($form) {

    $form->addDynamic('address', function ($container) {
        $container->addAjaxSelect('city', 'City', function ($ajaxEntity) {
    // No container exists right now
{* Form.latte *}

<div n:foreach="[0, 1, 2] as $addressIndex">
    {* When you access $form['address'][$addressIndex], then the container, "city" input and its AjaxEntity are created *}
    {label $form['address'][$addressIndex]['city'] /} {input $form['address'][$addressIndex]['city']}

Right solution:

<?php // Form.php

public function init($form) {

    $form->addDynamic('address', function ($container) {
        $container->addAjaxSelect('city', 'City', function ($ajaxEntity) {

    // This will create 3 new containers, its "city" input and AjaxEntity
        'address' => [
            0 => [],
            1 => [],
            2 => [],
{* Form.latte *}

{* We render only those containers, which already exists. *}
<div n:foreach="$form['address']->getContainers() as $container">
    {label $container['city'] /} {input $container['city']}