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The original jQuery autocompleter. Does not need any other plugins. Supports local and remote data sets, plain text and JSON data, various options and callback hooks.

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The time has come to retire this project. The code is not up to my current programming standards, and I don't feel motivated enought to go through another rewrite. There is also not much need, because of excellent alternatives like Select2 ( and the various jQuery autocomplete efforts that have evolved from or parrallel to my original (just google jquery autocomplete).

This means that current and future bugs probably won't be fixed, unless the project finds a new caretaker. Contact me if you are interested in that role.

I'm immensely proud that this autocompleter has served the web as long as it has. It's found is way into all kinds of projects and web sites (including Barack Obama's campaign and several Mozilla projects). Thank you all!

Dylan Verheul

What is it?

Transforms an INPUT element into an autocompleter. The autocompleter helps the user pick a value value from a list by showing available values based on keyboard input.

Supports local (JavaScript object) and remote data sets. Remote data sets can be delivered as plain text or JSON.

Works out of the box, but highly configurable using options and callback hooks.


To get started, copy the files from the src/ folder to your project, and link your HTML to it. Like this:

For more info refer to the docs (doc/jquery.autocomplete.txt).


The only requirement for jquery-autocomplete is jQuery. No other plugins are required.

Bug tracker

Have a bug? Please create an issue here on GitHub!

Twitter account

Keep up to date on announcements and more by following jquery-autocomplete on Twitter, @jqautocomplete.


Dylan Verheul



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Copyright and license

See LICENSE.txt file.

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