A live search is a search form that displays the results for your search / query as you type (just like what you see when you search on Google and the like). When done right, they can be exceptionally nice to use. Here is our collection of exceptionally nice to use jQuery Search plugins… have fun!
1. Live Search 2.0
Use this plug-in to turn a normal form-input in to a live ajax search widget. The plug-in displays any HTML you like in the results and the search-results are updated live as the user types.
This is a jQuery plugin that turns any textbox into a live search, or a “searchbox”.
3. jQuery LiveSearch
It now accepts any jQuery selector. All state is stored in simple variables and accessed via closures, as opposed to as properties of an instance object.
4. jQuery Searchable DropDown Plugin
A jQuery plugin which extends normal dropdown (select) elements to be searchable.
5. Instant Search JQuery Plugin for SearchBlox
This plugin makes it easy to change your ordinary search page into an instant search page with autocomplete.
6. jQuery quickSearch
A jQuery based plug-in for filtering large data sets with user input.
Enables users to quickly find and select from a pre-populated list of values as they type, leveraging searching and filtering.
jQuery Plugin for On-demand Search Box.
9. Live Search JQuery Plugin
This plugin enables ordinary text inputs to have live seach capabilities. As a user types, the plugin calls a specified function.
10. Live Search with Quicksilver Style
A live search with a bit of twist and the style of Quicksilver.
A jQuery autocomplete plugin for the discerning developer.
12. jQuery-Ajax Autosuggest Plugin
This plugin has the usual functionality with a little extra flexibility: multiple instances, passing custom parameters, the id and the value are returned, keyboard-controlled, and a few others.
It is used by defining a server side complete method that returns the suggestions.
14. Live Search in WordPress with jQuery and Ajax
This in-depth video tutorial will walk you through the process of creating a live search field within the WordPress dashboard.