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.NET MAUI AutoComplete Filtering

The Telerik .NET MAUI AutoComplete control filters the source by the entered text. By using the CompletionMode (enum of type Telerik.Maui.Controls.AutoCompleteCompletionMode) property you can specify how the ItemsSource will be filtered when the user types in the input area. The StartsWith filters the items that start with the text typed in the input area and the Contains—filters the items that contain the text typed in the input area.

The control allows users to define custom filtering logic through the following property:

  • Filter (Telerik.Maui.Controls.AutoComplete.IAutoCompleteFilter)—Defines the function that will be used to filter items.

The IAutoCompleteFilter interface contains a Filter (bool) function that is called by the RadAutoComplete control to filter items. The Filter function provides the following properties:

  • item—The item to be checked.
  • searchText—The current text in the RadAutoComplete control.
  • completionMode—The current CompletionMode of RadAutoComplete.

  • CompletionMode of RadAutoComplete.

The function returns true when the item is added into RadAutoComplete FilteredItems collection, otherwise it returns false and the item won't be added into RadAutoComplete FilteredItems collection.

The RadAutoComplete TextSearchPath property is required in custom filtering scenarios.

FilteredItems collection

  • FilteredItems bindable property allows you to access the collection containing the search results of the AutoComplete. The property can be used in scenarios where the search results are visualized at a different place or inside another container.


Here is an example how the AutoComplete Custom Filtering works when searching in two properties:

1. Create the needed business objects, for example type Person with the following properties:

public class Person
    public Person() { }

    public Person(string firstName, string lastName)
        this.FirstName = firstName;
        this.LastName = lastName;

    public string FirstName { get; set; }
    public string LastName { get; set; }

2. Create a CustomFilterViewModel with a collection of Person objects:

public class CustomFilteringViewModel
    public CustomFilteringViewModel()
        this.Source = new ObservableCollection<Person>()
            new Person("Freda", "Curtis"),
            new Person("Jeffery", "Francis"),
            new Person("Eva", "Lawson"),
            new Person("Emmett", "Santos"),
            new Person("Theresa", "Bryan"),
            new Person("Terrell", "Norris"),
            new Person("Eric", "Wheeler"),
            new Person("Alfredo", "Thornton"),
            new Person("Roberto", "Romero"),
            new Person("Orlando", "Mathis"),
            new Person("Eduardo", "Thomas"),
            new Person("Harry", "Douglas"),
            new Person("Merry", "Lasker")

        this.Filter = new CustomAutoCompleteFilter();

    public ObservableCollection<Person> Source { get; set; }

    public CustomAutoCompleteFilter Filter { get; set; }

3. Create a class for example CustomAutoCompleteFilter that implements the IAutoCompleteFilter interface:

public class CustomAutoCompleteFilter : IAutoCompleteFilter
    public bool Filter(object item, string searchText, AutoCompleteCompletionMode completionMode)
        Person person = (Person)item;
        string lowerFirstName = person.FirstName.ToLower();
        string lowerLastName = person.LastName.ToLower();
        string lowerSearchText = searchText.ToLower();
        return lowerFirstName.Contains(lowerSearchText) || lowerLastName.Contains(lowerSearchText);

4. Use the following snippet to declare a RadAutoComplete in XAML:

<telerik:RadAutoComplete x:Name="аutoComplete"
                         Filter="{Binding Filter}"
                         ItemsSource="{Binding Source}"
                         Placeholder="Search here..."
            <HorizontalStackLayout HeightRequest="30" 
                <Label Text="{Binding FirstName}"/>
                <Label Text="{Binding LastName}"/>

This is the result:

.NET MAUI AutoComplete Filtering

For AutoComplete Filtering example refer to the SDKBrowser Demo application.

Handling Punctuation

By default, the .NET string.Contains method will take all punctuation into consideration. If you find punctuation to be hindering your user experience, you can use a custom filter that removes the punctuation before the strings are compared.

For example, if the source string is Main Street, 101 and the user searches Main Street 101, string.Contains will return false and the result will not appear in the FilteredItems view. The custom filter below removes the commas before the string is used with the Contains method.

public class CustomAutoCompleteFilter : IAutoCompleteFilter
    public bool Filter(object item, string searchText, AutoCompleteCompletionMode completionMode)
        var googleSearchResult = (string)item;

        // Remove commas from the source value before comparing with the search term
        var googleSearchResultNoCommas = googleSearchResult.Replace(",", "");

        var normalizedPlace = googleSearchResultNoCommas.ToLowerInvariant();
        var normalizedSearchText = searchText.ToLowerInvariant();

        return normalizedPlace.Contains(normalizedSearchText);

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