Search and filtering

Posted on November 5, 2020


In this guide you will see an example of how to search for Locations. The full code example is shown in the JSFiddle below, but will be run through bit by bit in this guide.

The mapsindoors.LocationsService offers the getLocations function. This function can be used for searching for Locations.

It will return a Promise that gets resolved when the query has executed.

See LocationsService.getLocations for more information.

searchElement.addEventListener('input', debounce((e) => {
    const value =;
    if (value > '') {{ q: value, includeOutsidePOI: true })
    } else {
}, 500));

The debounce method is there to ensure that the service is not being called too rapidly. This method delays the execution of the function by 500ms, unless debounce is called again within 500ms, in which case the timer is reset.

See this article “What is debouncing” by Jamis Charles for a more detailed description of the debounce concept.

When the function executes, we check to see if the input is empty or not. If the input is not empty, we proceed to construct the request object.

We pass the value as the q property and set the includeOutsidePOI property to true. When the Promise resolves the response is passed to the displayResults helper function.

If the input is empty, we clear both the result list and reset the map filter by calling the helper functions clearResults and clearFilter.

Checking for results

First, we need to clear the previous results. Next, we check if any Locations were returned. If so, we loop through them and add them to the result list.

function displayResults(locations) {

    if (locations.length > 0) {
        for (const location of locations) {
            searchResults.innerHTML += `<li>${}</li>`;
    } else {
        searchResults.innerHTML = '<li class="no-results">No results matched the query.</li>';

    return locations;

If there are no Locations returned, we show a message to the user stating “No results matched the query.”. Otherwise, we pass the Locations on to the next handler called filterMap

function filterMap(locations) {
    mapsIndoors.filter( =>, false);
    return locations;

In the filterMap helper function, we create a list of location ids we can use to filter the Locations on the map by.

The second parameter tells MapsIndoors not to change the viewport of the map.

For more information, see MapsIndoors.filter in the reference documentation