By Sam Deering

14 jQuery Live Search Plugins

By Sam Deering

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!

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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.

Live Search 2.0

Source + Demo

2. searchbox

This is a jQuery plugin that turns any textbox into a live search, or a “searchbox”.


Source + Demo

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.

jQuery LiveSearch

Source + Demo

4. jQuery Searchable DropDown Plugin

A jQuery plugin which extends normal dropdown (select) elements to be searchable.

Searchable DropDown Plugin


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.

jQuery quickSearch


7. Autocomplete

Enables users to quickly find and select from a pre-populated list of values as they type, leveraging searching and filtering.


Source + Demo

8. SeacrhMeme

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.

Live Search JQuery Plugin


10. Live Search with Quicksilver Style

A live search with a bit of twist and the style of Quicksilver.

Live Search with Quicksilver


11. jquery-marcopolo

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.

jQuery-Ajax Autosuggest


13. AutoComplete

It is used by defining a server side complete method that returns the suggestions.


Source + Demo

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.

Live Search in WordPress

Source + Demo

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  • Nilesh

    Good One…Thanks a lot

  • gh


  • serguei

    poor collection – most templates useless

    • This post is a year old, I’ll update it when I get the time mate sorry about that.

      • just wondering – have you since updated this? (I don’t know if serguel is still right I only checked out the demos.) I’d prefer one that didn’t show all of the data you could search for, and one in which you could easily specify the searchable keywords in your code.

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    • мокрый кот

      Thats a valuable input. I would like to learn more.

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  • KoolKat

    Will any of these work on password protected pages ? I want to add search functionality to 2 members only pages on my site. I have tried Live Search 2.0 and can’t see to get it working correctly. I am not sure if it is me or the password protection that is the problem?

  • Ehsan Abbasi

    I made one recently, hope it’s helpful:

  • 琅琊

    thanks a lot

  • Hi is it possible to make instant search with autocomplete using keywords from the data source in the database. For example when user search pressing key Sa for example it directly search in the database all words with Sa and suggest all possible words with Sa.

    This website search function is exactly the way i intend to describe all autocomplete keyword suggestion are from the database instead of preset

  • ashu

    Thanks for the list but i feel creating you own live search system is more helpful instead of using plugin i found a good tutorial which helps to create a live search system using jquery on anyone who wanted to create you own search system must view this tutorial atleast once

  • I like it

  • Will any of these work on password protected pages ? I want to add search functionality to 2 members only pages on my site.?

  • abrandt

    Which plugin is the best for searching on a website where the web host doesn’t allow php? When a specific word is being typed in the search form the page which matches the word must be shown.

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