Search Data With Advanced Filter Criteria - Structured Filter

Search Data With Advanced Filter Criteria - Structured Filter
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If you're looking for a filter plugin that enables the user to search content within your data using various filter combinations, you're at the right place.

Structured Filter is an advanced jQuery & jQuery UI filtering plugin that can be used to filter complex data using structured search conditions such as equal, greater than, less than, Yes/No, contain, and much more.

Default Filter Conditions:

  • boolean: Yes (1), No (0)
  • date: on (eq), not on (ne), after (gt), before (lt), between (bw), not between (nbw), is empty (null), is not empty (nn)
  • list: any of (in), equal (eq)
  • number: = (eq), != (ne), > (gt), < (lt), is empty (null), is not empty (nn)
  • text: equals (eq), not equal (ne), starts with (sw), contains (ct), doesn't contain (nct), finishes with (fw), is empty (null), is not empty (nn)
  • time: at (eq), not at (ne), after (gt), before (lt), between (bw), not between (nbw), is empty (null), is not empty (nn)

How to use it:

1. Install and import the Structured Filter plugin into the document.

$ npm i structured-filter --save
<!-- jQuery & jQuery UI -->
<script src="/path/to/cdn/jquery.min.js"></script>
<link href="/path/to/cdn/jquery-ui.min.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<script src="/path/to/cdn/jquery-ui.min.js"></script>
<!-- jQuery Structured Filter -->
<link href="/path/to/css/structured-filter.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<script src="/path/to/js/structured-filter.js"></script>

2. Prepare your data as follows:

// sample data for Structured-Filter
var contacts=[
  { type:"text", id:"Lastname", label:"Lastname"},
  { type:"text", id:"Firstname", label:"Firstname"},
  { type:"boolean", id:"active", label:"Is active"},  
  { type:"number", id:"age", label:"Age"},
    {type:"list", id:"category", label:"Category",
        {id:'1', label:"Family"},
        {id:'2', label:"Friends"},
        {id:'3', label:"Business"},
        {id:'4', label:"Acquaintances"},
        {id:'5', label:"Other"}
  {type:"date", id:"bday", label:"Birthday"},
  {type:"text", id:"phone", label:"Phone"},
  {type:"text", id:"cell", label:"Mobile"},
  {type:"text", id:"Address1", label:"Address"},
  {type:"text", id:"City", label:"City"},
  {type:"list", id:"State", label:"State",
      {id:"AL", label:"Alabama"},
      {id:"AK", label:"Alaska"},
      {id:"AZ", label:"Arizona"}
  {type:"text", id:"Zip", label:"Zip"},
  {type:"list", id:"Country", label:"Country",
      {label: 'Afghanistan', id: 'AF'}, 
      {label: 'Åland Islands', id: 'AX'},
      // ...

3. Initialize the plugin to generate a filter UI on the page. That's it.

<div id="myFilter"></div>
  fields: contacts

4. Add custom filter conditions to the filter UI. Each condition must contain field, operator, and value properties as follows:

$('#myFilter').structFilter("addCondition", {
  "field": {
    "label": "Lastname",
    "value": "Lastname"
  "operator": {
    "label": "contains",
    "value": "ct"
  "value": {
    "label": "\"N\"",
    "value": "N"

5. All available options to customize the plugin.


  // data to be filterable
  fields: [],

  // date format
  dateFormat: 'mm/dd/yy',

  // highlights the last added or modified filter
  highlight: true,

  // show/hide button labels
  buttonLabels: false,

  // show/hide submit button
  submitButton: false,

  // provides hidden fields with the conditions' values to be submitted with the form
  submitReady: false,

  // disables operators from conditions
  disableOperators: false

6. API methods.

// remove all filters

// get the number of filters

// remove a condition (zero indexed)
$('#myFilter').structFilter("removeCondition", 0);

// get or set the filter
$('#myFilter').structFilter("val", data);

7. Event handlers.

$('#myFilter').on("", function(event){
  // after conditions are changed

$('#myFilter').on("", function(event){
  // on submit

This awesome jQuery plugin is developed by evoluteur. For more Advanced Usages, please check the demo page or visit the official website.