How to build Flutter Auto Complete Custom Searchbar

Design custom Flutter Search bar in Appbar with autocomplete suggestion feature step by step builds with Example code.

How to build Flutter Auto Complete Custom Searchbar

A Flutter search bar is an input field that is used to get the needed information from a collection of data through typing the words & keys related to that. Search bars are the most commonly used component in online shopping apps to find the stuff from a collection of stuff. The search bar is very much helpful to the user in such cases. Not only in shopping apps, but the search bar is also used everywhere having some dynamic information.

In technical terms there are 2 commonly search algorithms:

Linear search is a very simple search algorithm. In Linear search, we search an element or the value in a given array by traversing the array from the starting, till the desired element or value is found.

Binary Search is useful when there is a large number of elements in an array and they are sorted. So a necessary condition for Binary search to work is that the array should be sorted.

Flutter Search Bar with GFWidget

GF SearchBar is a GetWidget component that is used to build a flutter search bar in a flutter project. It represents a text field that can be used to search through a group. Flutter SearchBar can be used inside the app bar or in any page component wherever needed. It is very easy & simple to customize the GF SearchBar.

searchList: List of [text] or [widget] reference for users

overlaySearchListItemBuilder: Defines how the [searchList] items look like in overlayContainer

hideSearchBoxWhenItemSelected: If true, it will hide the [searchBox]

overlaySearchListHeight: Defines the height of [searchList] overlay container

searchQueryBuilder: Can search and filter the [searchList]

and much more property customization can be done.

How to Get Started

If you are new with GetWidget then you should go ahead with Getting started will guide you on how to start building a beautiful flutter application with the GetWidget UI library. You have to install the package from, import the package in your Flutter project.

Install Package from :

Import full package:

import 'package:getwidget/getwidget.dart';

Note: dependencies: getwidget: ^4.0.0

Keep playing with the pre-built UI components.

GFSearchBar is a search bar input field where the user presses some keys in order to get the relevant options from the list in the search bar that is provided. The below example shows a simple search bar and the result of the code is as shown in the image below.

import 'package:getwidget/getwidget.dart';

List list = [
    "Node js",

                searchList: list,
                searchQueryBuilder: (query, list) => list
                    .where((item) {
                      return item!.toString().toLowerCase().contains(query.toLowerCase());
                overlaySearchListItemBuilder: (dynamic item) => Container(
                      padding: const EdgeInsets.all(8),
                      child: Text(
                        style: const TextStyle(fontSize: 18),
                onItemSelected: (dynamic item) {
                  setState(() {

Flutter Searchbar autocomplete Code example snippet

GF Search Bar Widget Custom Properties

The look and feel of the GFSearhBar can be customized accordingly by using the below-listed properties.

searchListList of [text] or [widget] reference for users
overlaySearchListItemBuilderdefines how the [searchList] items look like in overlayContainer
hideSearchBoxWhenItemSelectedif true, it will hide the [searchBox]
overlaySearchListHeightdefines the height of [searchList] overlay container
searchQueryBuildercan search and filter the [searchList]
noItemsFoundWidgetdisplays the [widget] when the search item failed
onItemSelecteddefines what to do with onSelect [SearchList] item
searchBoxInputDecorationdefines the input decoration of [searchBox]

Flutter Search Bar inside the AppBar

The GFSearchar can be used inside the GFAppbar that does the searching operation just like a normal search but with minimum lines of code in the appbar. If the search bar is truethen it displays a search bar text field with leading, trailing options.

The below code shows how a search bar should be passed in the appbar code.

import 'package:getwidget/getwidget.dart';

  leading:  GFIconButton(
    icon: Icon(
      color: Colors.white,
    onPressed: () {},
    type: GFButtonType.transparent,
  searchBar: true,
  title: Text("GF Appbar"),
  actions: <Widget>[
      icon: Icon(
        color: Colors.white,
      onPressed: () {},
      type: GFButtonType.transparent,

Flutter Searchbar in appbar

You will get a pre-designed Search Bar that can be used for searching data in your app. It is very easy to customize & will save your time of development.

Yes, You can customize the shape, border, position of the Search Bar according to need. Some custom properties are :


GF Search Bar can be used anywhere in your application and in the appbar as well.

Do you update the component in the future?

GetFlutter team is very much passionate about the up-gradation of technology and its related modules. The library & components get updated from time to time.

Flutter Get Widget Docs

Flutter GetWidget Docs
Get Widget is one of the largest Flutter open-source UI Kit libraries for mobile or web apps. It has more than 1000+ pre-built reusable widgets.

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Here we discuss, what Flutter SearchBar Widget is? And how we can use and implement it into our Flutter app through the GetWidget SearchBar component. Here, there are options to customize the SearchBar.

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