I am trying to display category based auto suggest results in header search,


<form id="search_mini_form" action="<?php echo $catalogSearchHelper->getResultUrl() ?>" method="get">   
     <select id="select-category" title="Select your category" name="cat">
        <option value="0" selected>Select category</option>
           foreach ($categoryCollection as $category) { ?>
            <option value="<?php echo $category->getId(); ?>"><?php echo $category->getName(); ?></option>
         <?php } ?>
     <div class="input-box">
        <label for="search"><?php echo $this->__('Search:') ?></label>
        <input id="search" type="search" name="<?php echo $catalogSearchHelper->getQueryParamName() ?>" value="<?php echo $catalogSearchHelper->getEscapedQueryText() ?>" class="input-text required-entry" maxlength="<?php echo $catalogSearchHelper->getMaxQueryLength();?>" placeholder="<?php echo $this->__('Search entire store here...') ?>" />
         <button type="submit" title="<?php echo $this->__('Search') ?>" class="button search-button"><span><span><?php echo $this->__('Search') ?></span></span></button>
    <div id="search_autocomplete" class="search-autocomplete"></div>
    <script type="text/javascript">
         var searchForm = new Varien.searchForm('search_mini_form', 'search', '');
         searchForm.initAutocomplete('<?php echo $catalogSearchHelper->getSuggestUrl() ?>', 'search_autocomplete');

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In this Form, When I type in input box ajax request passed like

but selected cat value not include in this url, How can I include Cat="bla" in ajax/suggest url like

3 Answers 3


Replace this code in your form.mini.phtml script section,

searchForm.initAutocomplete('<?php echo $catalogSearchHelper->getSuggestUrl()?>?cat='+jQuery('#select-category :selected').val(), 'search_autocomplete');

But the url will look like the below one

It worked for me. Try it and let me know if it works for you.

  • it works, simply this reduce many lines of jquery as I wrote! thanks
    – Sathish
    Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 14:08
  • Hi @vinothavn can you please suggest how to include manufacturer filter same as the categories. Commented Feb 3, 2020 at 11:23

I reckon there is two ways of doing it:

You can either modify/extend the searchForm class under /js/varien/form.js to handle several fields and thus, handle your the request differently than the default system.

Or you can use the advanced search instead, where you can pass attributes to the URL but you will have to tweak the code to get suggestions with this method.

In both cases, you will have to make code modifications.


You need to find ajax code and pass "cat" parameter to it.and in suggest action you need to filter collection on giver "cat" param.

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