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jQuery autocomplete with images and text

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In this video we will discuss how to display both images and text in the suggestions menu of jQuery autocomplete widget. Let us understand this with an example.

We will be using the following database table - tblCountry
jquery autocomplete from database

When we type the first character of a country name, we want to retrieve all the countries that start with that letter and display their flag and name in the suggestions menu.
jquery autocomplete from database

Step 1 : Create the countries table and the stored procedure to retrieve data

Create table tblCountry
    Id int identity primary key,
    Name nvarchar(100),
    FlagPath nvarchar(200)

Insert into tblCountry values('Canada','/Flags/canada.png')
Insert into tblCountry values('Chile','/Flags/chile.png')
Insert into tblCountry values('China','/Flags/china.png')
Insert into tblCountry values('Cyprus','/Flags/cyprus.png')

Create proc spGetCountries
@Name nvarchar(100)
    Select * from tblCountry where Name like @Name + '%'

Step 2 : Create new web application project. Name it Demo. 

Step 3 : Include a connection string in the web.config file to your database.
<add name="DBCS"
      connectionString="server=.;database=SampleDB;integrated security=SSPI"/>

Step 4 : Add a folder with Name = flags to the project. Copy and paste the respective country flag images.

Step 5 : Add a class file to the project. Name it Country.cs. Copy and paste the following code. 
namespace Demo
    public class Country
        public int Id { get; set; }
        public string Name { get; set; }
        public string FlagPath { get; set; }

Step 6 : Add a WebService (ASMX) to the project. Name it CountryService.asmx. Copy and paste the following code. 

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
using System.Web.Script.Serialization;
using System.Web.Services;

namespace Demo
    [WebService(Namespace = "")]
    [WebServiceBinding(ConformsTo = WsiProfiles.BasicProfile1_1)]
    public class CountryService : System.Web.Services.WebService
        public void GetCountries(string term)
            string cs = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["DBCS"].ConnectionString;
            List<Country> countries = new List<Country>();
            using (SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection(cs))
                SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("spGetCountries", con);
                cmd.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;

                SqlParameter paramName = new SqlParameter()
                    ParameterName = "@Name",
                    Value = term

                SqlDataReader rdr = cmd.ExecuteReader();

                while (rdr.Read())
                    Country country = new Country();
                    country.Id = Convert.ToInt32(rdr["Id"]);
                    country.Name = rdr["Name"].ToString();
                    country.FlagPath = rdr["FlagPath"].ToString();

            JavaScriptSerializer js = new JavaScriptSerializer();

Step 7 : Download jQuery UI from Copy and paste the following files in your project.
a) jquery-ui.js
b) jquery-ui.css
c) images 

Step 8 : Add a WebForm to the ASP.NET project. Copy and paste the following HTML and jQuery code.  

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true"
    CodeBehind="WebForm1.aspx.cs" Inherits="Demo.WebForm1" %>

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html xmlns="">
<head runat="server">
    <script src="jquery-1.11.2.js"></script>
    <script src="jquery-ui.js"></script>
    <link href="jquery-ui.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <script type="text/javascript">
        $(document).ready(function () {
                minLength: 1,
                source: function (request, response) {
                        url: 'CountryService.asmx/GetCountries',
                        method: 'post',
                        data: { term: request.term },
                        dataType: 'json',
                        success: function (data) {
                        error: function (err) {
                focus: updateTextBox,
                select: updateTextBox
            .autocomplete('instance')._renderItem = function (ul, item) {
                return $('<li>')
                    .append("<img class='imageClass' src=" + item.FlagPath + " alt=" + item.Name + "/>")
                    .append('<a>' + item.Name + '</a>')

            function updateTextBox(event, ui) {
                return false;
        .imageClass {
            width: 16px;
            height: 16px;
            padding-right: 3px;
<body style="font-family: Arial">
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
        Country Name : <input id="txtName" type="text" />

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1 comment:

  1. dear sir kindly explain with table ... i will be very thanks full for this also ...............
    and your video is very useful for every one ...very thanks

    see this i want to know how it work


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