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Create an autocomplete list with the datalist element

Written byPhuoc Nguyen
24 Feb, 2021
The HTML 5 `datalist` element comes in handly when you want to create an autocomplete input from a pre-defined list.
The element generates a dropdown that allow user to choose its options. In comparison to the normal `select` element, the `datalist` element provide the ability of filter the options.
Users also can enter what they want in the same way the normal text box does.
<input list="demo__list" />
<datalist id="demo__list">
<option value="..." />
<option value="..." />
<option value="..." />

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