Dependent SelectBox

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Dependent select box component for nette/forms with naja extension on client side.


  • strict typed
  • works on any form without customizing its renderer (no need for snippets)
  • supports form containers (unlimited depth, both for select box itself and its parents)
  • TypeScript and Naja powered client side with events emitted so you can attach listeners to them
  • conditional parents (make a form control become a select box's parent when some other control has a certain value)


Use Composer to get the Nette forms component

composer require wavevision/dependent-selectbox

Install the client side via Yarn

yarn add @wavevision/dependent-selectbox

or npm

npm install --save @wavevision/dependent-selectbox

You might also want to add @types/naja to your devDependencies if your project uses TypeScript.


Server side

Create a form that will be an instance of Wavevision\DependentSelectBox\Form\Form.

If you don't want to / cannot inherit from our base form, just make sure the form you create uses Wavevision\DependentSelectBox\Form\DependentForm trait.

Your form should also use Wavevision\DependentSelectBox\Form\DependentContainer to have its containers extended with the dependent select box too, however, if you already have your own implementation of Nette\Forms\Container, just make sure the container uses Wavevision\DependentSelectBox\Form\DependentControl trait.

After this, your form and its containers will be extended with addDependentSelectBox method. This method accepts following arguments:

Argument Type Description
$name string name of the control
$label string label for the control
...$parents Nette\Forms\Controls\BaseControl[] list of form controls whom's values will be treated as parent values to get the dependent data

The method returns an instance of Wavevision\DependentSelectBox\DependentSelectBox.

The recommended way of using the form is in a Control component.

use Nette\Application\UI\Control;
use Nette\Application\UI\Presenter;
use Wavevision\DependentSelectBox\DependentComponent;
use Wavevision\DependentSelectBox\DependentData;
use Wavevision\DependentSelectBox\DependentValues;
use Wavevision\DependentSelectBox\Form\Form;

class FormComponent extends Control

    // add 'loadDependenData' signal and a few utilities
    use DependentComponent;

    public function __construct()
        $this->monitor(Presenter::class, function (): void {
            // setup form in component - optionally pass form name (default 'form')
            if ($this->hasReceivedDependentSignal()) {
                // if 'loadDependenData' signal received, do anything extra we need

    protected function createComponentForm(): Form
        // create your form as you are used to
        $form->addDependentSelectBox('name', 'Label', $form['someParentControl'])
            ->setDependentCallback(function (DependentValues $values): DependentData {
                // get ArrayHash values, if you perfer array, use getRawValues
                $formattedValues = $values->getValues();
                $data = new DependentData();
                if ($formattedValues->someParentControl === 'someDependentValue') {
                    $data->setItems(['firstItem' => 'firstValue']);
                return $data;
            // make the select box disabled when no values have been loaded
            // if loaded values contain only one item, select it so the user does not have to
            // if 'someOtherControl' has 'someValue', treat 'someControl' as parent
            ->addConditionalParent($form['someControl'], $form['someOtherControl'], 'someValue');
        // add form handlers etc.
        return $form;

NOTE: You can use the form in a Presenter too, the only limitation is that you can only have one dependent form per page like this. If you wrap your form in a component (each using DependentComponent trait), you can then use as many forms on one page as you wish.

Client side

There are a few ways of integrating the client side into your project.

1. Register dependent select box as Naja extension

import naja from 'naja';
import DependentSelectBox from '@wavevision/dependent-selectbox';

// add other extensions, initialize etc.

As mentioned in features, the extension emits events you can attach listeners to.

Event Description
dependentSelectBoxLoading fires right after a parent changes and a request to server is being dispatched
dependentSelectBoxLoaded fires when the data loading is finished

Listeners for both events will receive an object with these properties:

Property Type Description
form HTMLFormElement the form in which the event has been triggered
dependentSelectBoxes HTMLSelectElement[] an array of all dependent select boxes in the form

The first event also contains data property, which is an object containing:

Property Type Description
trigger string HTML id of a parent that triggered the event
values ParentsValues object with current values of parents and filled select boxes (HTML name properties of elements are used as keys)

The latter one contains response object, in which keys are HTML id attributes of updated select boxes and values are objects with:

Property Type Description
disabled boolean select box state
items string inner HTML of the select box

Please, refer to Naja docs to find out more about its extensions.

2. Import bundled version with Naja included

If you don't use Naja elsewhere in your project an you don't want to set it up, this is your way to go.

⚠️ WARNING: This might collide with other Nette AJAX libraries, if used!

import '@wavevision/dependent-selectbox/dist/dependentSelectBox.all';

3. Use it directly in a script tag

For old-school people only 😎.

<script src="/path/to/assets/dependentSelectBox.all.js"></script>
  • 1.3.6 Release improvements

  • 1.1.0 Divide FE into specific managers

  • 1.0.1 Update coding standard

  • 1.0.0 First release

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