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Django app to add Typeahead.js based input elements.

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Django thin wrapper for Twitter’s Typeahead.js library.


The goal of this package is to seamlessly integrate Typeahead.js with Django and other django libraries.


The full documentation is at


  • Python >= 3.4
  • Django >= 2.0
  • jquery >= 1.9


  1. Install using pip:

    pip install django-typeahead

  2. Add bootstrap_typeahead to the list of INSTALLED_APPS in your file:

    # ...

This installation instruction assumes you have jQuery already present in your page.


This sample section translates the first example (basics) sample from Typeahead.js examples page.

The input widget TypeaheadInput would be used as a widget in Django forms.

from django import forms
from bootstrap_typeahead.widgets import TypeaheadInput

class StateForm(forms.Form):
    query = forms.CharField(
              'hint': True,
              'highlight': True,
              'minLength': 1
              'name': 'states',
              'source': 'substringMatcher(states)',

The options and datasets argument will be passed to the JavaScript typeahead instance, and are documented and demonstrated here:


The initialization of suggestions list should be added to the page - in this case we are using snippet from basic example from Typeahead.js demo page.

{% load bootstrap4 %}

{# Load CSS and JavaScript #}
{% bootstrap_css %}

{% block extra_css %}
{{ }}
{% endblock %}

    <form method="post" role="form">
    {% csrf_token %}
    {% bootstrap_form form %}
      <div class="form-group">
        <input type="submit" value="Submit" class="btn btn-primary" />

{% bootstrap_javascript jquery='full' %}

{% block extra_js %}
    <script type="text/javascript">
    var substringMatcher = function(strs) {
      return function findMatches(q, cb) {
        var matches, substringRegex;

        // an array that will be populated with substring matches
        matches = [];

        // regex used to determine if a string contains the substring `q`
        substrRegex = new RegExp(q, 'i');

        // iterate through the pool of strings and for any string that
        // contains the substring `q`, add it to the `matches` array
        $.each(strs, function(i, str) {
          if (substrRegex.test(str)) {


    var states = ['Alabama', 'Alaska', 'Arizona', 'Arkansas', 'California',
      'Colorado', 'Connecticut', 'Delaware', 'Florida', 'Georgia', 'Hawaii',
      'Idaho', 'Illinois', 'Indiana', 'Iowa', 'Kansas', 'Kentucky', 'Louisiana',
      'Maine', 'Maryland', 'Massachusetts', 'Michigan', 'Minnesota',
      'Mississippi', 'Missouri', 'Montana', 'Nebraska', 'Nevada', 'New Hampshire',
      'New Jersey', 'New Mexico', 'New York', 'North Carolina', 'North Dakota',
      'Ohio', 'Oklahoma', 'Oregon', 'Pennsylvania', 'Rhode Island',
      'South Carolina', 'South Dakota', 'Tennessee', 'Texas', 'Utah', 'Vermont',
      'Virginia', 'Washington', 'West Virginia', 'Wisconsin', 'Wyoming'
    {{ }}

{% endblock %}

Here we use django-bootstrap4 but you can create your HTML forms manually.


You can use this under MIT License. See LICENSE file for details.

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