Search Functionality


We have created a form with drop down with more values (approximately 100).
We are looking for the functionality where on search of the initial letter the corresponding values related to that letter need to appear in the drop down.

E.g: Suppose the drop down is having the different countries as values on search of “U” the corresponding values need to show as: USA, UK etc…

Thanks & Regards,

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You can use a select one question with autocomplete appearance to do this.



Thanks for Response,

Based on your suggestion, I have created the form and deployed in the
It is working fine, but when I’m testing the form in ODK Collect which is android application I’m facing an error.

Please find the below link to view the error message:

Thanks & Regards,

Hi Keerthi,

I don’t believe that the “autocomplete” appearance works on the KoBo Collect app, just the webform.

This is a list of the comparisons between using Enketo vs. Collect, but it’s not complete. It would be good if we created an updated version!

Hi @keerthi & @jseiden,

Backing up with the response provided by @martijnr, I just tried using the autocomplete in the appearance and it seems to work finely with KoBoCollect application, ODK Collect application and the Enketo.

  • If you are designing the form in XLSForm, you simply need to type autocomplete in the appearance column against the question.
  • If you are using the KoBoToolbox Formbuilder Interface, in the question, click to the setting button > Appearance (Advanced): > other > (type) autocomplete
  • Click to SAVE and you are done.

Now when you try to select the option (e.g. USA, UK etc.) of the question, you can simply get USA when you type US in the space provided. Or you are also able to select the option in the traditional way (i.e. by selecting the option from the list of choices).