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Getting Started

This section explains how to create a simple MultiSelect component and configure its available functionalities in TypeScript using the Essential JS 2 quickstart seed repository.

Dependencies

The following list of dependencies are required to use the MultiSelect component in your application.

|-- @syncfusion/ej2-dropdowns
    |-- @syncfusion/ej2-base
    |-- @syncfusion/ej2-data
    |-- @syncfusion/ej2-inputs
    |-- @syncfusion/ej2-lists
    |-- @syncfusion/ej2-popups
        |-- @syncfusion/ej2-buttons

Set up of the development environment

To get started with the MultiSelect component, you have to clone the Essential JS 2 quickstart project and install the npm packages by using the following commands.

git clone https://github.com/syncfusion/ej2-quickstart.git quickstart
cd quickstart
npm install

The project is preconfigured with common settings (src/styles/styles.css, system.config.js ) to start all the Essential JS 2 components.

Initialize the MultiSelect

The MultiSelect can be initialized through three different tags as described in the Initialize Tags.

Add the HTML input element that needs to be initialized as a MultiSelect in index.html.

[src/index.html]

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">

<head>
    <title>Essential JS 2 MultiSelect component</title>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no" />
    <meta name="description" content="Essential JS 2" />
    <meta name="author" content="Syncfusion" />
    <link href="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.3.7/css/bootstrap.min.css" rel="stylesheet" />

    <!--style reference from app-->
    <link href="/styles/styles.css" rel="stylesheet" />

    <!--system js reference and configuration-->
    <script src="node_modules/systemjs/dist/system.src.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="system.config.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</head>

<body>
    <div id='container' style="margin:0 auto; width:300px;">
        <!--element which is going to render the MultiSelect-->
        <input type="text" tabindex="1" id='select' />
    </div>

</body>

</html>

Now, import the MultiSelect component to your app.ts and initialize it to the element #select as shown below.

[src/app/app.ts]

import { MultiSelect } from '@syncfusion/ej2-dropdowns';

// initialize MultiSelect component
let msObject: MultiSelect = new MultiSelect();

// render initialized MultiSelect
msObject.appendTo('#select');

Binding data source

After initialization, populate the MultiSelect with data using the dataSource  property. Here, an array of string values is passed to the MultiSelect component.

import { MultiSelect } from '@syncfusion/ej2-dropdowns';

// define the array of data
let sportsData: string[] = ['Badminton', 'Basketball', 'Cricket', 'Football', 'Golf', 'Gymnastics', 'Hockey', 'Rugby', 'Snooker', 'Tennis'];

// initialize MultiSelect component
let msObject: MultiSelect = new MultiSelect({
    //set the data to dataSource property
    dataSource: sportsData
});

// render initialized MultiSelect
msObject.appendTo('#select');

Run the application

After completing the configuration required to render a basic MultiSelect, run the following command to display the output in your default browser.

npm run start

The following example illustrates the output in your browser.

Source
Preview
app.ts
index.html
import { MultiSelect } from '@syncfusion/ej2-dropdowns';

// defined the array of data
let sportsData: string[] = ['Badminton', 'Cricket', 'Football', 'Golf', 'Tennis'];

// initialize MultiSelect component
let msObject: MultiSelect = new MultiSelect({
    //set the data to dataSource property
    dataSource: sportsData,
    // set placeholder to MultiSelect input element
    placeholder: "Select games"
});

// render initialized MultiSelect
msObject.appendTo('#select');
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">

<head>
    <title>Essential JS 2 MultiSelect</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="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/ej2-base/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/ej2-inputs/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/ej2-dropdowns/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/ej2-buttons/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/systemjs/0.19.38/system.js"></script>
    <script src="systemjs.config.js"></script>
</head>

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

</html>

Configure the popup list

By default, the width of the popup list automatically adjusts according to the MultiSelect input element’s width, and the height auto adjust’s according to the height of the popup list items.

The height and width of the popup list can also be customized using the popupHeight  and popupWidth properties respectively.

In the following sample, popup list’s width and height are configured.

Source
Preview
app.ts
index.html
import { MultiSelect } from '@syncfusion/ej2-dropdowns';

// define the array of data
let sportsData: string[] = ['Badminton', 'Cricket', 'Football', 'Golf', 'Hockey', 'Rugby', 'Snooker', 'Tennis'];

// initialize MultiSelect component
let msObject: MultiSelect = new MultiSelect({
    //set the data to dataSource property
    dataSource: sportsData,
    //set height to popup list
    popupHeight: '200px',
    //set width to popup list
    popupWidth: '250px',
    // set placeholder to MultiSelect input element
    placeholder: "Select games"
});

// render initialized MultiSelect
msObject.appendTo('#select');
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">

<head>
    <title>Essential JS 2 MultiSelect</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="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/ej2-base/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/ej2-inputs/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/ej2-dropdowns/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/ej2-buttons/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/systemjs/0.19.38/system.js"></script>
    <script src="systemjs.config.js"></script>
</head>

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

</html>

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