yz55 yz55 - 29 days ago 6x
PHP Question

Symfony2 Searching Database with Select2 and Ajax

My FAQ System is working well, but I want to include a search function with Select2.

What I got so far:

Select2 AJAX Script

ajax: {
url: "/ajax/searchallSelect2",
dataType: 'json',
delay: 250,
data: function (params) {
return {
q: params.term, // search term
page: params.page
processResults: function (data, params) {
// parse the results into the format expected by Select2
// since we are using custom formatting functions we do not need to
// alter the remote JSON data, except to indicate that infinite
// scrolling can be used
params.page = params.page || 1;

return {
results: data.items,
pagination: {
more: (params.page * 30) < data.total_count
cache: true
escapeMarkup: function (markup) { return markup; }, // let our custom formatter work
minimumInputLength: 1,


* @Route("/ajax/searchallSelect2", name="ajax_searchall_select2")
public function searchallSelect2Action(Request $request)
return $this->render('', array('name' => $name));

Select2 Form in "index.html.twig"

<select id='searchall' style="width: 300px">

Firebug console output after typing in the select2 search field:

GET http://localhost:8000/ajax/searchallSelect2?q=test 200 OK 16ms

My question is, how do I implement the database searching? Simply with getRepository in the AjaxController?

$allfaqs = $this->getDoctrine()

Or do I need to search the database in the Ajax script?

Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you for reading!


Its up to you to write the queryBuilder in controller or in repository (Recommended) and call that in the controller. You shouldn't call ->findAll() in your repository as it will get you all data which you don't need. You need to filter data as per your request query parameter coming from ajax i.e. ?q=test. Below is a code snippet for your Controller.

In your controller :

 * @Route("/ajax/searchallSelect2", name="ajax_searchall_select2")
public function searchallSelect2Action(Request $request)
    $key = $request->query->get('q'); 

    // Find rows matching with keyword $key..

    $allfaqs = $this->getDoctrine()

    // customize your output as per Select2 requirement..
    return new JsonResponse($allfaqs);

In your Repository : (Considering you search against a 'name' property in FAQ.)

 * @param string $key
 * @return type
public function filterByKey($key)
    $qb = $this->createQueryBuilder('faq')
        ->andWhere('faq.name LIKE :key')
        ->setParameter('key', '%' . $key . '%')

    return $qb->getQuery()->execute();

Hope it helps! Let me know your concerns otherwise.