Plugin for WordPress

Customize Autocomplete drop-down

Customize your drop-down menu that appears underneath every search bar of your WordPress website.

Algolia Search plugin for WordPress is no longer supported. Please use our API client guide instead.
Please note that if you already have the plugin set up and are satisfied with your current integration, you can keep using the plugin forever, knowing that it won’t be supported. It will still work as is, in its current state, on your website.
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Reminder: You should never directly edit the plugin files because all your changes would be lost at every plugin update.


The autocomplete experience can be enabled in the Autocomplete section of the plugin.

The autocomplete dropdown menu is powered by autocomplete.js, a JavaScript library that eases the process of building rich dropdown menus.

Please checkout the github repository of the autocomplete.js library.

Whatever changes you make, be sure to understand how the autocomplete.js library work by checking out their official documentations.


To start customizing your dropdown menu, copy/paste the wp-content/plugins/algolia/templates directory in your own theme, and rename it to algolia. If your theme is named mytheme, then the folder should look like: wp-content/themes/mytheme/algolia.

You can then edit the algolia/autocomplete.php file to customize the autocomplete dropdown menu (suggestions, header, footer) templates & associated JavaScript code.

All autocomplete.js templates are using the underscore templating, learn more about it reading this complete documentation.

Edit the suggestion templates

Each autocomplete.js source will display its suggestions with an associated template. To configure them, edit the algolia/autocomplete.php file and locate the tmpl-autocomplete-*-suggestion templates:

Post template

This is the template used for all Post-based types.

<script type="text/html" id="tmpl-autocomplete-post-suggestion">
    <a class="suggestion-link" href="{{ data.permalink }}" title="{{ data.post_title }}">
        <# if ( data.images.thumbnail ) { #>
        <img class="suggestion-post-thumbnail" src="{{ data.images.thumbnail.url }}" alt="{{ data.post_title }}">
        <# } #>
        <div class="suggestion-post-attributes">
            <span class="suggestion-post-title">{{{ data._highlightResult.post_title.value }}}</span>

            var attributes = ['content', 'title6', 'title5', 'title4', 'title3', 'title2', 'title1'];
            var attribute_name;
            var relevant_content = '';
            for ( var index in attributes ) {
            attribute_name = attributes[ index ];
            if ( data._highlightResult[ attribute_name ].matchedWords.length > 0 ) {
            relevant_content = data._snippetResult[ attribute_name ].value;
            } else if( data._snippetResult[ attribute_name ].value !== '' ) {
            relevant_content = data._snippetResult[ attribute_name ].value;
            <span class="suggestion-post-content">{{{ relevant_content }}}</span>

Term template

This is the template used for all Term-based types.

<script type="text/html" id="tmpl-autocomplete-term-suggestion">
  <a class="suggestion-link" href="{{ data.permalink }}"  title="{{ }}">
    <svg viewBox="0 0 21 21" width="21" height="21"><svg width="21" height="21" viewBox="0 0 21 21"><path d="M4.662 8.72l-1.23 1.23c-.682.682-.68 1.792.004 2.477l5.135 5.135c.7.693 1.8.688 2.48.005l1.23-1.23 5.35-5.346c.31-.31.54-.92.51-1.36l-.32-4.29c-.09-1.09-1.05-2.06-2.15-2.14l-4.3-.33c-.43-.03-1.05.2-1.36.51l-.79.8-2.27 2.28-2.28 2.27zm9.826-.98c.69 0 1.25-.56 1.25-1.25s-.56-1.25-1.25-1.25-1.25.56-1.25 1.25.56 1.25 1.25 1.25z" fill-rule="evenodd"></path></svg></svg>
    <span class="suggestion-post-title">{{{ }}}</span>

User template

This is the template used for Users.

<script type="text/html" id="tmpl-autocomplete-user-suggestion">
  <a class="suggestion-link user-suggestion-link" href="{{ data.posts_url }}"  title="{{ data.display_name }}">
    <# if ( data.avatar_url ) { #>
    <img class="suggestion-user-thumbnail" src="{{ data.avatar_url }}" alt="{{ data.display_name }}">
    <# } #>

    <span class="suggestion-post-title">{{{ data._highlightResult.display_name.value }}}</span>

Edit the source headers

Each autocomplete.js source will have an associated header displayed before the suggestions. To configure it, edit the algolia/autocomplete.php file and locate the tmpl-autocomplete-header template:

<script type="text/html" id="tmpl-autocomplete-header">
  <div class="autocomplete-header">
    <div class="autocomplete-header-title">{{ data.label }}</div>
    <div class="clear"></div>

The dropdown menu is provided with a default footer. To configure it, edit the algolia/autocomplete.php file and locate the tmpl-autocomplete-footer template:

<script type="text/html" id="tmpl-autocomplete-footer">
  <div class="autocomplete-footer">
    <div class="autocomplete-footer-branding">
      <?php esc_html_e( 'Powered by', 'algolia' ); ?>
      <a href="#" class="algolia-powered-by-link" title="Algolia">
        <img class="algolia-logo" src="" alt="Algolia" />

Edit the no results message

When no results are found, autocomplete.js will display a specific template. To configure it, edit the algolia/autocomplete.php file and locate the tmpl-autocomplete-empty template:

<script type="text/html" id="tmpl-autocomplete-empty">
  <div class="autocomplete-empty">
    <?php esc_html_e( 'No results matched your query ', 'algolia' ); ?>
    <span class="empty-query">{{ data.query }}"</span>

Adding an extra source

In some cases, you may want to add an extra section to your dropdown menu to search in an external index (of another website you own for instance). In order to achieve that, edit the algolia/autocomplete.php file and locate the autocomplete(...) call. As you'll see, the 3rd parameter of the function is the array of sources you're using.

To add an extra source, just append it to the existing sources array, just before the autocomplete(...) call:

// new source appended to the `sources` array
  source: /* .... */,
  templates: {
    header: /* .... */,
    suggestion: /* .... */

autocomplete(/* .... */);

You can read more about multi sources/categories autocomplete.js implementation in this tutorial.

Look & feel

We provide with some default CSS rules that are located in the algolia/css/algolia-autocomplete.css. You can very easily add your own CSS rules to your theme's stylesheet.

If for any reason you don't want the default stylesheet to be included, you can remove it like this:


 * Dequeue default CSS files.
 * Hooked to the wp_print_styles action, with a late priority (100),
 * so that it is after the stylesheets were enqueued.
function my_theme_dequeue_styles() {
  // Remove the algolia-autocomplete.css.
  wp_dequeue_style( 'algolia-autocomplete' );
add_action( 'wp_print_styles', 'my_theme_dequeue_styles', 100 );

Disable autocomplete on certain search inputs

By default, if the autocomplete feature is turned on, we will attach an Algolia dropdown to every search input of your website matching the jQuery selector input[name='s'].

Note however that we also exclude inputs that have an associated no-autocomplete class.

So to easily disable the Algolia autocomplete dropdown for a given search input, simply add the no-autocomplete class to it.