Search

This is the official documentation of the forestadmin/laravel-forestadmin v2+ and forestadmin/symfony-forestadmin PHP agents.

In Forest Admin, pages that show lists of records have a free-text search bar on top of them.

Search modes

2 search modes are supported: "normal" and "extended".

  • All searches start by being a "normal" search.

  • If the records users are looking for are not found, it is possible to trigger an "extended" search from the footer.

Default behavior

Natively, the search behavior is to seek value occurrences within columns of the Collection (in normal mode), and columns of the Collections of direct relations (in extended mode).

By default, Forest Admin will search only in specific columns, depending on their type:

Customization

If you want to make a column searchable, you must define the right operator to allow the search to be performed. Please refer to the Operators to support table to know which operator to define.

Alternatively, you may want to change how the search behaves in your admin panel.

For instance:

  • search only on the columns that are relevant to your use case.

  • use full-text indexes (i.e. Postgres tsquery and tsvector, Algolia, Elastic search, ...)

To customize the search behavior, you must define a handler that returns a ConditionTree.

Making the search case-sensitive by default

In this example, we use the searchExtended condition to toggle between case-sensitive and insensitive searches.

use ForestAdmin\AgentPHP\DatasourceCustomizer\CollectionCustomizer;
use ForestAdmin\AgentPHP\DatasourceToolkit\Components\Query\ConditionTree\Operators;

$forestAgent->customizeCollection(
    'People',
    function (CollectionCustomizer $builder) {
        $builder->replaceSearch(
            function ($searchString, $extendedMode) {
           	    $operator = $extendedMode ? Operators::CONTAINS : Operators::ICONTAINS;

                return [
                	'aggregator' => 'Or',
                	'conditions' => [
                	    ['field' => 'firstName', 'operator' => $operator, 'value' => $searchString],
                	    ['field' => 'lastName', 'operator' => $operator, 'value' => $searchString],
                	]
                ];
            }
        );
    }
);

Changing searched columns

use ForestAdmin\AgentPHP\DatasourceCustomizer\CollectionCustomizer;
use ForestAdmin\AgentPHP\DatasourceToolkit\Components\Query\ConditionTree\Operators;

$forestAgent->customizeCollection(
    'Product',
    function (CollectionCustomizer $builder) {
        $builder->replaceSearch(
            function ($searchString, $extendedMode) {
                $productReferenceRegexp = '/^[a-f]{16}$/i';
                $barCodeRegexp = '/^[0-9]{10}$/i';

           	    // User is searching using a product reference.
           	    if (preg_match($productReferenceRegexp, $str)) {
           	        return ['field' => 'reference', 'operator' => Operators::EQUAL, 'value' => $searchString];
           	    }

           	    // User is search a barcode
           	    if (preg_match($barCodeRegexp, $str)) {
           	        return ['field' => 'barCode', 'operator' => Operators::EQUAL, 'value' => $searchString];
           	    }

           	    // User is searching something else, in "normal" mode, let's search in the product name only
           	    if (! $extendedMode) {
           	        return ['field' => 'name', 'operator' => Operators::CONTAINS, 'value' => $searchString];
           	    }

           	    // In "extended" mode, we search on name, description and brand name
                return [
                	'aggregator' => 'Or',
                	'conditions' => [
                	    ['field' => 'name', 'operator' => Operators::CONTAINS, 'value' => $searchString],
                	    ['field' => 'description', 'operator' => Operators::CONTAINS, 'value' => $searchString],
                	    ['field' => 'brand:name', 'operator' => Operators::EQUAL, 'value' => $searchString],
                	]
                ];
            }
        );
    }
);

Calling an external API

If your data is indexed using a SaaS, an external store, or a full-text index, you can call it in the search handler.

use ForestAdmin\AgentPHP\DatasourceCustomizer\CollectionCustomizer;
use ForestAdmin\AgentPHP\DatasourceToolkit\Components\Query\ConditionTree\Operators;
use Algolia\AlgoliaSearch\SearchClient;

$forestAgent->customizeCollection(
    'Product',
    function (CollectionCustomizer $builder) {
        $builder->replaceSearch(
            function ($searchString, $extendedMode) {
                $client = SearchClient::create("YourApplicationID", "YourWriteAPIKey");
                $index = $client->initIndex("test_index");
                $results = $index->search(
                    $searchString,
                    [
                        'attributesToRetrieve' => ['id'],
                        'hitsPerPage' => 50,
                    ]
                );

                return ['field' => 'id', 'operator' => Operators::IN, 'value' => array_map(fn ($hit) => $hit['id'], $results)];
            }
        );
    }
);

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