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Data Binding

The MultiSelect loads the data either from local data sources or remote data services using the dataSource property. It supports the data type of array or DataManager.

The MultiSelect also supports different kinds of data services such as OData, OData V4, and Web API, and data formats such as XML, JSON, and JSONP with the help of DataManager adaptors.

Fields Type Description
text string Specifies the display text of each list item.
value number or string Specifies the hidden data value mapped to each list item that should contain a unique value.
groupBy string Specifies the category under which the list item has to be grouped.
iconCss string Specifies the icon class of each list item.

When binding complex data to the MultiSelect, fields should be mapped correctly. Otherwise, the selected item remains undefined.

Binding local data

Local data can be represented in two ways as described below.

1. Array of string

The MultiSelect has support to load array of primitive data such as strings and numbers. Here, both value and text field act the same.

Source
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index.js
var sportsData = ['Badminton', 'Cricket', 'Football', 'Golf', 'Tennis'];
   // initialize MultiSelect component
    var listObj = new ej.dropdowns.MultiSelect({
        dataSource: sportsData,
        // set placeholder to MultiSelect input element
        placeholder: "Select games"});
    listObj.appendTo('#select');

2. Array of object

The MultiSelect can generate its list items through an array of complex data. For this, the appropriate columns should be mapped to the fields property.

In the following example, id column and sports column from complex data have been mapped to the value field and text field, respectively.

Source
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index.js
index.html
var sportsData = [
    { id: 'game1', sports: 'Badminton' },
    { id: 'game2', sports: 'Football' },
    { id: 'game3', sports: 'Tennis' }
];
   // initialize MultiSelect component
    var listObj = new ej.dropdowns.MultiSelect({
        dataSource: sportsData,
        // maps the appropriate column to fields property
        fields: { text: 'sports', value: 'id' },
        // set placeholder to MultiSelect input element
        placeholder: "Select games"});
    listObj.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="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/dist/ej2.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</head>

<body>
    
    <div id="container" style="margin:0 auto; width:250px;">
        <br>
        <!--element which is going to render the MultiSelect-->
        <input type="text" tabindex="1" id="select">
    </div>


<script>
var ele = document.getElementById('container');
if(ele) {
    ele.style.visibility = "visible";
 }   
        </script>
<script src="index.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</body></html>

3. Array of complex object

The MultiSelect can generate its list items through an array of complex data. For this, the appropriate columns should be mapped to the fields property.

In the following example, Code.Id column and Country.Name column from complex data have been mapped to the value field and text field, respectively.

Source
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index.js
index.html
var countriesData = [
		{ Country: { Name: 'Australia' }, Code: { Id: 'AU' }},
        { Country: { Name: 'Bermuda' },Code: { Id: 'BM' }},
        { Country:{ Name: 'Canada'}, Code:{ Id: 'CA'} },
        { Country:{Name: 'Cameroon'}, Code:{ Id: 'CM'} },
        { Country:{Name: 'Denmark'}, Code:{ Id: 'DK' }},
        { Country:{Name: 'France'}, Code: { Id:'FR'} }
];
   // initialize MultiSelect component
    var listObj = new ej.dropdowns.MultiSelect({
        dataSource: countriesData,
        // maps the appropriate column to fields property
        fields: { text: 'Country.Name', value: 'Code.Id' },
        // set placeholder to MultiSelect input element
        placeholder: "Select a country"});
    listObj.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="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/dist/ej2.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</head>

<body>
    
    <div id="container" style="margin:0 auto; width:250px;">
        <br>
        <!--element which is going to render the MultiSelect-->
        <input type="text" tabindex="1" id="select">
    </div>


<script>
var ele = document.getElementById('container');
if(ele) {
    ele.style.visibility = "visible";
 }   
        </script>
<script src="index.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</body></html>

Binding remote data

The MultiSelect supports retrieval of data from remote data services with the help of DataManagercomponent. The Query property is used to fetch data from the database and bind it to the MultiSelect.

The following sample displays the first 6 contacts from “Customers” table of the Northwind Data Service.

Source
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index.js
index.html
//initiates the component
var msObject = new ej.dropdowns.MultiSelect({
    //bind the data manager instance to dataSource property
    dataSource: new ej.data.DataManager({
            url: 'https://services.odata.org/V4/Northwind/Northwind.svc/',
            adaptor: new ej.data.ODataV4Adaptor(),
            crossDomain: true
    }),
    //bind the Query instance to query property
    query: new ej.data.Query().from('Employees').select(['FirstName', 'City','EmployeeID']).take(6),
    //map the appropriate columns to fields property
    fields: { text: 'FirstName', value: 'EmployeeID' },
    //set the placeholder to MultiSelect input
    placeholder:"Select an employee",
    //sort the resulted items
    sortOrder: 'Ascending'
});

//render the component
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="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/dist/ej2.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</head>

<body>
    
    <div id="container" style="margin:0 auto; width:250px;">
        <br>
        <!--element which is going to render the MultiSelect-->
        <input type="text" tabindex="1" id="select">
    </div>


<script>
var ele = document.getElementById('container');
if(ele) {
    ele.style.visibility = "visible";
 }   
        </script>
<script src="index.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</body></html>

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