Plugin API

Feature can be added to Tom Select without modifying via the microplugin interface. This helps protect against code bloat, allows for leaner builds and allows for addons to be sanely isolated The plugin system is lean, makes very few assumptions, and gives the developer complete control.

Plugin Examples

Plugin Usage

Without Options

new TomSelect('#select',{
plugins: ['plugin_a', 'plugin_b']
});

With Options

new TomSelect('#select',{
plugins: {
'plugin_a': { /* ... */ },
'plugin_b': { /* ... */ }
}
});

For a more detailed description of plugin option formats and how the plugin system works, check out the microplugin documentation.

Including Plugins

Plugins can be included in your projects in four different ways:

tom-select.complete.js

Using tom-select.complete.js in your projects will give you immediate access to all plugins

tom-select.popular.js

Save some bandwidth with a bundle that's about 4kb smaller. tom-select.popular.js includes dropdown_input, remove_button, no_backspace_delete, and restore_on_backspace plugins.

tom-select.base.js

If you don't need any plugins, or want to load plugins individually, use tom-select.base.js.

Add plugins to your project by including their js files and calling TomSelect.define.

import TomSelect from 'tom-select/dist/js/tom-select.base.js';
import TomSelect_remove_button from 'tom-select/dist/js/plugins/remove_button.js';
import TomSelect_dropdown_header from 'tom-select/dist/js/plugins/dropdown_header.js';

TomSelect.define('remove_button', TomSelect_remove_button);
TomSelect.define('dropdown_header', TomSelect_dropdown_header);

Alternatively you can require plugins directly if your build tool supports it.

import TomSelect from 'tom-select/dist/js/tom-select.base.js';

TomSelect.define('remove_button', require('tom-select/dist/js/plugins/remove_button.js'));
TomSelect.define('dropdown_header', require('tom-select/dist/js/plugins/dropdown_header.js'));

tom-select.custom.js

Use NPM to hand-pick plugins and create /build/js/tom-select.custom.js

# clone the repo
git clone https://github.com/orchidjs/tom-select.git
cd tom-select

# install dev dependencies
npm install

# create /build/js/tom-select.custom.js
npm run build -- --plugins=remove_button,restore_on_backspace

Creating Plugins

A few notes:

Boilerplate

// in src/plugins/plugin_name/plugin.js
export default function(plugin_options) {
// plugin_options: plugin-specific options
// this: TomSelect instance
};

Adding Dependencies

// in src/plugins/plugin_name/plugin.js
export default function(plugin_options) {
this.require('another_plugin');
};

Method Hooks

Execute plugin code 'before' or 'after' existing methods

// in src/plugins/plugin_name/plugin.js
export default function(plugin_options) {
this.hook('after', 'setup', function() {
// .. additional setup
});
};

Overriding Methods

Use the 'instead' hook to override existing methods.

Note: If the method you're overriding returns a value, make sure the overridden function returns a value as well.

// in src/plugins/plugin_name/plugin.js
export default function(plugin_options) {
var original_setup = this.setup;
this.hook('instead', 'setup', function() {
// .. custom setup
return original_setup.apply(this, arguments);
});
};

DOM Events

If you want to add event listeners to dom elements, add them after the setup() method.

// in src/plugins/plugin_name/plugin.js
export default function(plugin_options) {
this.hook('after', 'setup', function() {
this.control.addEventListener('click',function(evt){
alert('the control was clicked');
});
});
};