Dynamically load data in Select2 with AJAX PDO and PHP

Select2 is a widely used jQuery plugin. It makes select element user-friendly.

After initializing it adds style and a search box. Based on the search text it filters the options.

It allows loading data dynamically using jQuery AJAX.

In this tutorial, I show how you can initialize select2 plugin and load data dynamically using AJAX PDO and PHP.

Dynamically load data in select2 with AJAX PDO and PHP


Contents

  1. Table structure
  2. Configuration
  3. Download
  4. HTML
  5. jQuery
  6. AJAX File
  7. Demo
  8. Conclusion

1. Table structure

I am using users table in the example –

CREATE TABLE `users` (
  `id` int(11) NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY AUTO_INCREMENT,
  `username` varchar(80) NOT NULL,
  `name` varchar(80) NOT NULL,
  `email` varchar(80) NOT NULL
) ENGINE=InnoDB DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8;

2. Configuration

Create a config.php for a database connection.

Completed Code

<?php
$server = "localhost";
$username = "root";
$password = "";
$dbname = "tutorial";

// Create connection
try{
   $conn = new PDO("mysql:host=$server;dbname=$dbname","$username","$password");
   $conn->setAttribute(PDO::ATTR_ERRMODE,PDO::ERRMODE_EXCEPTION);
}catch(PDOException $e){
   die('Unable to connect with the database');
}

3. Download

  • Download the Select2 library from GitHub and also download the jQuery library.
  • Extract the downloaded files in the project directory.
  • Also, copy the jQuery library.

4. HTML

Include select2.min.css, jQuery, and select2.min.js in the <head > section.

Create a <select id='selUser'> element.

Completed Code

<!doctype html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Dynamically load data in Select2 with AJAX PDO and PHP</title>

    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <!-- jQuery -->
    <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.5.1/jquery.min.js"></script>

    <!-- select2 css -->
    <link href='select2/dist/css/select2.min.css' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>

    <!-- select2 script -->
    <script src='select2/dist/js/select2.min.js'></script>

    <!-- CDN -->
    <!--  <link href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/select2/4.0.10/css/select2.min.css" rel="stylesheet" />
        <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.4.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
        <script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/select2/4.0.10/js/select2.min.js"></script> 
     -->
  </head>
  <body>

     <select id='selUser' style='width: 200px;'>
        <option value='0'>- Search user -</option>
     </select>

  </body>
</html>

5. jQuery

Initialize select2 on <select id='selUser' > element.

Use 'ajax' option to load data.

Set url: 'ajaxfile.php', type: 'post', dataType: 'json'.

With 'data' option passes the search text – searchTerm: params.term.

Handle AJAX response with 'processResults' option. Initialize results with the response.

Completed Code

$(document).ready(function(){

   $("#selUser").select2({
      ajax: {
        url: "ajaxfile.php",
        type: "post",
        dataType: 'json',
        delay: 250,
        data: function (params) {
           return {
              searchTerm: params.term // search term
           };
        },
        processResults: function (response) {
           return {
              results: response
           };
        },
        cache: true
      }
   });
});

6. AJAX File

Create a new ajaxfile.php file.

Check if searchTerm is POST or not.

If not POST then fetch 10 records from the users table otherwise use searchTerm to search on the name field in the users table. I am fetching only 10 records. If you want to fetch all records then remove LIMIT from SQL or you can adjust the value of $numberofrecords.

Loop on the fetched records.

Initialize $response Array with id and text keys. Pass user id in id key and pass user name in text key.

Return $response Array in JSON format.

Completed Code

<?php
include 'config.php';

// Number of records fetch
$numberofrecords = 10;

if(!isset($_POST['searchTerm'])){

   // Fetch records
   $stmt = $conn->prepare("SELECT * FROM users ORDER BY name LIMIT :limit");
   $stmt->bindValue(':limit', (int)$numberofrecords, PDO::PARAM_INT);
   $stmt->execute();
   $usersList = $stmt->fetchAll();

}else{

   $search = $_POST['searchTerm'];// Search text

   // Fetch records
   $stmt = $conn->prepare("SELECT * FROM users WHERE name like :name ORDER BY name LIMIT :limit");
   $stmt->bindValue(':name', '%'.$search.'%', PDO::PARAM_STR);
   $stmt->bindValue(':limit', (int)$numberofrecords, PDO::PARAM_INT);
   $stmt->execute();
   $usersList = $stmt->fetchAll();

}

$response = array();

// Read Data
foreach($usersList as $user){
   $response[] = array(
      "id" => $user['id'],
      "text" => $user['name']
   );
}

echo json_encode($response);
exit();

7. Demo

View Demo


8. Conclusion

Initialize select2 on the select element and use the 'ajax' option to load data. Return Array must contain id and text keys.

You can view this tutorial to know how to load data using MySQLi in select2.

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7 thoughts on “Dynamically load data in Select2 with AJAX PDO and PHP”

  1. CREATE TABLE `users` (
    `id` int(11) NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY AUTO_INCREMENT,
    `username` varchar(80) NOT NULL,
    `name` varchar(80) NOT NULL,
    `email` varchar(80) NOT NULL,
    ) ENGINE=InnoDB DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8;
    has an error
    remove the comma at end line
    `email` varchar(80) NOT NULL,

    Reply
  2. also as id is autoincrement you should correct the insert
    INSERT INTO `users` ( `username`, `name`, `email`) VALUES
    ( ‘yssyogesh’, ‘Yogesh Singh’, ‘[email protected]’),
    ( ‘sona’, ‘Sonarika Bhadoria’, ‘[email protected]’),
    ( ‘vishal’, ‘Vishal Sahu’, ‘[email protected]’),
    ( ‘sunil’, ‘Sunil singh’, ‘[email protected]’),
    ( ‘vijay’, ‘Vijay mourya’, ‘[email protected]’),
    (‘anil’, ‘Anil singh’, ‘[email protected]’),
    ( ‘jiten’, ‘jitendra singh’, ‘[email protected]’);

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  3. Hello Yogesh,

    I have modified the code you provided to accept my data and added an extra field for input of quantity. I now need to take the data from the table and insert it into my MySQL database. What method do you suggest I use to do this?

    Thanks in advance

    Reply

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