Select_one choice filter from another select_one

I want to create a selection list (select_one) which should be filtered regarding the option selected in another selection list (select_one).
The first select_one contains the 7 characters of the second select_one. What I want is that for the second select_one only display those options matching the 7 characters of the first select_one.
The file can be downloaded using the following link: “removed link”

Hi @esmatullaharifi,

Welcome to the community! You could design your survey form with the cascading select question to get what you have tried for by following the support article here. As a backup you could also have a look at the post that has a simple workaround that should help you understand the concept of cascading select question:

But looking at your xlsform, i see there are more then 800 choices which should affect your data entry performance. Thus a solution for this could be designing a form combining cascading select question type with select_one_from_file question type as outlined in the image below:

In the survey tab of your xlsform:

In the choices tab of your xlsform:
Image 2

CSV file:
Image 3

Data entry screen as seen in Enketo:

Reference xlsform:
select_one_from_file.xlsx (15.8 KB)

Reference csv file:
CDC_Code.csv (35.5 KB)

Please feel free to have a look at our support article Select one or many from external file question type to learn more on select_one_from_file question type.

Have a great day!


Hello @esmatullaharifi ,
As your token is part of the name of the second choice, and the names have a structured format, you could also use a substring function (see together with a choice_filter.
FilterSubstr01.xlsx (24.2 KB)
It works after some time to load first.
I guess the solution of @Kal_Lam with an explicit cascade column and the pull data will be more performant.


Thank you so much from both of you @Kal_Lam and @wroos.

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This is gold, I was just looking to do this cascading with external csv.
In my case, I needed a 3rd list cascading from the 2nd one.

It’s not working with Enketo, but it works great with ODK Collect v1.27.2.
I have a list of 8,500+ villages in 150 districts and it loads pretty fast.



Hi @pasteurlaos,

Glad that it was a help for you!

Have a great day!