This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.



SearchAutocomplete implements the jQuery UI Autocomplete functionality on your WordPress installation. It provides several basic options such as:

  • jQuery ThemeRoller integration
  • Generic field selection. Any valid CSS selector can be used to pick the search field
  • Custom Post Type and Taxonomy support
  • Minimum character count
  • Hotlink resulting Post/Page titles directly to their respective items

If you’re going to mark this plugin as broken please contact me to let me know what the problem is.

Contact Author


Gabe Shackle

Plugin Official Site

If you have any questions or comments please contact me.

Thanks to


  • SearchAutocomplete theme samples
  • SearchAutocomplete settings page


This section describes how to install the plugin and get it working.

  1. Download the plugin from the WordPress repository
  2. Upload search-autocomplete to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  4. {Optional} If you want to add aditional themes to the settings, create the theme with the jQuery UI ThemeRoller and upload the resulting “/css/” directory to the “/css/” of this plugins installed directory.


Can I just modify the existing theme files rather than upload new jQuery UI Themes?

Yes, but it’s recommended that you create a copy of the theme that you are going to modify rather than directly editing it. Future releases of this plugin may overwrite your changes if they are made to default theme files.

Please contact the author for support. Thanks!


September 3, 2016
Sad has always worked well. But now very poorly maintained. In new themes, it is useless.
September 3, 2016
Wow, that was a lot easier to set up than I expected. Works really well! Not sure if this causes a big website performance hit, I hope not. 5/5
November 19, 2016
Gabe, Thanks much for this wonderfully stable plugin. I worked off the bat and I have been happy for a while. I have given it well deserved 5 stars. If you are looking for a cleanly coded, stable, and simple auto complete plugin, you should look no further! Thanks Gabe!
September 3, 2016
Hi, Anyone knows, how to display the search box? I have installed the plugin but i checked in the widget page there is no search box for this plugin, only have default search wordpress. Thanks.
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Contributors & Developers

“SearchAutocomplete” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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= 2.1.16 – 18 Apr 2015
* fixed bug with unpublished posts in Relevanssi searches – Props Uriel

= 2.1.15 – 17 Mar 2015
* fixed bug with special characters in titles – Props Kramer

= 2.1.14 – 18 Feb 2015
* added Aristo theme to defaults
* fixed bug with special characters in titles

= 2.1.12 – 20 Nov 2014
* added id parameter to ‘the_title’ filter calls, props to Ekin Hazal Bayar
* fixed bug with Relevanssi when logged in as admin

= 2.1.11 – 3 Nov 2014
* removed extra line break at beginning of plugin file

= 2.1.10 – 31 Oct 2014
* ticked version to update repo

= 2.1.8 – 17 Oct 2014
* Fixed typo in default document selectors text
* Removed short tag methods on the taxonomies list

= 2.1.6 – 6 Oct 2014
* Added support for Relevanssi search plugin
* Changed default selector to match newer core themes

= 2.1.5 – 1 Oct 2014
* Fixed but with WPML installations
* Added support for delay and autoFocus options

= 2.1.4 – 27 Jun 2014
* Ticking version to sync up repos

= 2.1.3 – 26 Jun 2014
* Fixed bug with spaces in search string affecting special characters – props to
* Fixed bug with multiple matching Autocomplete fields – props to

= 2.1.2 – 30 Jul 2013
* Fixed bug with js file path

= 2.1.1 – 29 Jul 2013
* Fixed bug with hotlinking options not saving

= 2.1.0 – 26 Jul 2013
* Added new passed parameter to the title and url filters that contains information about the current term or post (id, type, taxonomy, posttype)

2.0.6 – 24 Jul 2013

  • Fixed bug with taxonomy/post order was being ignored
  • Fixed bug Taxonomy type options being ignored

2.0.5 – 17 Jul 2013

  • Fixed bug with minLength being ignored

2.0.4 – 10 Jun 2013

  • Fixed bug with ThemeRoller dropdown generation
  • Fixed bug with Taxonomy searches that left blank titles in the dropdown
  • Add ability to style the matching characters in the dropdown

2.0.2 – 1 Jun 2013

  • Fixed bug with saving settings and no post types are selected
  • Added option for disabling plugin styles
  • Added filters for autocomplete content: ‘search_autocomplete_modify_title’, ‘search_autocomplete_modify_url’, ‘search_autocomplete_modify_results’

2.0.1 – 1 Jan 2012

  • Fixed bug with existing stylesheet paths not resolving properly

2.0.0 – 29 Dec 2012

  • Complete overhaul to use the built-in WordPress AJAX methods
  • Added support for custom post types
  • Added support for custom taxonomies

1.0.9 – 28 May 2011

  • Fixed potential SQL injection point.

1.0.8 – 28 May 2011

  • Fixed issues resulting from no value entered for option fields.
  • Added options for linking directly to keyword/category term pages.

1.0.6 – 23 Mar 2011

  • Removed deprecated function calls

1.0.5 – 26 Feb 2011

  • Database prefix adjustment

1.0.4 – 25 Feb 2011

  • Directory separator fix specific to server OS

1.0.3 – 24 Feb 2011

  • Directory separator fix

1.0.1 – 20 Feb 2011

  • Fixed a pathing issue for the CSS

1.0 – 20 Feb 2011

  • Initial submition of the plugin