4.7.x taxonomy.module taxonomy_autocomplete($vid, $string = '')
5.x taxonomy.module taxonomy_autocomplete($vid, $string = '')
6.x taxonomy.pages.inc taxonomy_autocomplete($vid, $string = '')
7.x taxonomy.pages.inc taxonomy_autocomplete($field_name = '', $tags_typed = '')

Page callback: Outputs JSON for taxonomy autocomplete suggestions.

Path: taxonomy/autocomplete

This callback outputs term name suggestions in response to Ajax requests made by the taxonomy autocomplete widget for taxonomy term reference fields. The output is a JSON object of plain-text term suggestions, keyed by the user-entered value with the completed term name appended. Term names containing commas are wrapped in quotes.

For example, suppose the user has entered the string 'red fish, blue' in the field, and there are two taxonomy terms, 'blue fish' and 'blue moon'. The JSON output would have the following structure:

    "red fish, blue fish": "blue fish",
    "red fish, blue moon": "blue moon",


$field_name: The name of the term reference field.

$tags_typed: (optional) A comma-separated list of term names entered in the autocomplete form element. Only the last term is used for autocompletion. Defaults to '' (an empty string).

See also



4 string references to 'taxonomy_autocomplete'
standard_install in profiles/standard/standard.install
Implements hook_install().
TaxonomyTermTestCase::testNodeTermCreationAndDeletion in modules/taxonomy/taxonomy.test
Test term creation with a free-tagging vocabulary from the node form.
taxonomy_menu in modules/taxonomy/taxonomy.module
Implements hook_menu().
taxonomy_update_7004 in modules/taxonomy/taxonomy.install
Move taxonomy vocabulary associations for nodes to fields and field instances.


modules/taxonomy/taxonomy.pages.inc, line 121
Page callbacks for the taxonomy module.


function taxonomy_autocomplete($field_name = '', $tags_typed = '') {

  // If the request has a '/' in the search text, then the menu system will have
  // split it into multiple arguments, recover the intended $tags_typed.
  $args = func_get_args();

  // Shift off the $field_name argument.
  $tags_typed = implode('/', $args);

  // Make sure the field exists and is a taxonomy field.
  if (!($field = field_info_field($field_name)) || $field['type'] !== 'taxonomy_term_reference') {

    // Error string. The JavaScript handler will realize this is not JSON and
    // will display it as debugging information.
    print t('Taxonomy field @field_name not found.', array(
      '@field_name' => $field_name,

  // The user enters a comma-separated list of tags. We only autocomplete the last tag.
  $tags_typed = drupal_explode_tags($tags_typed);
  $tag_last = drupal_strtolower(array_pop($tags_typed));
  $term_matches = array();
  if ($tag_last != '') {

    // Part of the criteria for the query come from the field's own settings.
    $vids = array();
    $vocabularies = taxonomy_vocabulary_get_names();
    foreach ($field['settings']['allowed_values'] as $tree) {
      $vids[] = $vocabularies[$tree['vocabulary']]->vid;
    $query = db_select('taxonomy_term_data', 't');

    // Do not select already entered terms.
    if (!empty($tags_typed)) {
        ->condition('t.name', $tags_typed, 'NOT IN');

    // Select rows that match by term name.
    $tags_return = $query
      ->fields('t', array(
      ->condition('t.vid', $vids)
      ->condition('t.name', '%' . db_like($tag_last) . '%', 'LIKE')
      ->range(0, 10)
    $prefix = count($tags_typed) ? drupal_implode_tags($tags_typed) . ', ' : '';
    foreach ($tags_return as $tid => $name) {
      $n = $name;

      // Term names containing commas or quotes must be wrapped in quotes.
      if (strpos($name, ',') !== FALSE || strpos($name, '"') !== FALSE) {
        $n = '"' . str_replace('"', '""', $name) . '"';
      $term_matches[$prefix . $n] = check_plain($name);