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Virtual Scrolling in JavaScript AutoComplete control

03 Dec 2021 / 2 minutes to read

The Virtual Scrolling is used to display a large amount of data without buffering the entire load of a huge database record in the AutoComplete, that is, when scrolling, the request is sent and fetch some amount of data from the server dynamically. Using the scroll event, get the data and generate the list add to popup using the addItem method.

Refer to the following code sample for virtual scrolling.

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import { AutoComplete } from '@syncfusion/ej2-dropdowns';
import { Query, DataManager, ODataAdaptor } from '@syncfusion/ej2-data';

 let data: DataManager = new DataManager({
    url: '',
    crossDomain: true
    // initialize AutoComplete component
    let autoObj: AutoComplete = new AutoComplete({
        // bind the DataManager instance to dataSource property
        dataSource: data,
        // bind the Query instance to query property
        query: new Query().from('Customers').select('ContactName').take(7),
        // map the appropriate columns to fields property
        fields: { text: 'ContactName', value: 'ContactName' },
         // set the placeholder to AutoComplete input element
        placeholder: 'Select a customer',
        // sort the resulted items
        sortOrder: 'Ascending',
        // set the height of the popup element
        popupHeight: '200px',
        actionComplete: function (e: any) {
          let operator: Query =  new Query().from('Customers').select('ContactName');
          let start: number = 7;
          let end: number = 12;
          let listElement: HTMLElement = this.list;
          listElement.addEventListener('scroll', () => {
            if ((listElement.scrollTop + listElement.offsetHeight >= listElement.scrollHeight)) {
                let filterQuery = operator.clone();
                data.executeQuery(filterQuery.range(start, end)).then((event: any) => {
                    start = end;
                    end += 5;
                    autoObj.addItem(event.result as { [key: string]: Object }[]);
                }).catch((e: Object) => {
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<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">

    <title>Essential JS 2 AutoComplete</title>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0" />
    <meta name="description" content="Typescript UI Controls" />
    <meta name="author" content="Syncfusion" />
    <link href="styles.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//" rel="stylesheet" />
    <script src=""></script>
    <script src="systemjs.config.js"></script>

    <div id='loader'>LOADING....</div>
    <div id='container' style="margin:0 auto; width:250px;">
        <input type="text" tabindex="1" id='atcelement' />