The Popup Select Box is an enhancement of the ordinary SelectBox. Instead of selecting from a generic drop-down list, the Popup Select Box allows you to select from a Datalist instead.

The Popup Select Box is only available on Professional and Enterprise  Edition.


If you have thousands of selections to choose from, Popup Select Box is an ideal form element to use as you will be choosing from listing with pagination and search filter, improving loading speed and user experience.

Get Started

The easiest way to see how the Popup Select Box works are to use the existing built-in App Expenses Claims. Here are the steps:

  1. Start the Joget Server and open the  App Center.

  2. Log in as admin and click on the pencil icon on the  Expenses Claim to open the App Composer. (see Figure 1)

    Figure 1

  3. Click on the  Create New Form  button and fill up the Form Details as follows (see Figure 2):
    1. Form ID: popupSelectBox
    2. Form Name:  Popup Select Box
    3. Table Name: j_expense_claim

    Figure 2

  4. Drag and drop a  Popup Select Box element on to the canvas.

  5. Click on the Popup Select Box element to open up the Configure Popup Select Box properties.

  6. Fill up the Edit Popup Select Box  properties as follows and click on Apply Change:
    1. ID: appeal_claim
    2. Label: Select Existing Claim
    3. Datalist: Expense All
    4. Display Field: title
  7. Click on the Save button on the Form Builder (see Figure 3). 

    Figure 3

  8. Now we will need some data in order to display some values within the Popup Select Box, head back to Design App and click the Launch button next to the Expenses Claims App.

  9. Click on Create a New Expense Claim button, fill up the necessary details and click on Continue Next Screen button (See Figure 4)

    Figure 4

  10. Fill up the necessary details and click on the Complete button.

  11. Head back to the  Popup Select Box in the Form Builder. 

  12. Click on Preview and click on the Select button to display the popup Datalist. Select one or more records and click on Select Button. The selected record title be displayed (see Figure 5).

    Figure 5

Popup Select Box Properties

Edit Popup Select Box

LabelElement Label to be displayed to the end-user.

Element ID (By declaring as "appeal_claim", a corresponding database table column "c_appeal_claim" will be created)

Please see Form Element for more information about defining the ID and list of reserved IDs.

Data ListData List to display for selection.
Display FieldField ID from the target Data List for eventually selected option label.

Advanced Options


Default Value

Default Value when there's no existing value found/selected.

A hash variable is accepted here. For example, you may key the following

#currentUser.firstName# #currentUser.lastName#

to pre-populate the field with currently logged in user's name.

You may define multiple default options by separating them using semicolons.

ID Field

Target Data List's column ID value to be saved as the option value.

Default: id

Multiple Selection

Toggle Multiple Selection.

URL Request Parameters for Datalist

Refine the target Data List selections by defining the filter criteria here.

ParameterTarget Data List filter parameter name
Field IDCurrent form element field ID
Default ValueDefault Value for the search parameter

Attach a Validator plugin to validate the input value.

When will validation takes place?

Validation will take place whenever a form is submitted except when it is submitted as "Save as Draft".

Available Options:

  • Basic
  • BeanShell
  • Data and Time Duplicate Validator
  • Directory
  • Duplicate Value
  • Equal Value
  • Multi Form Validator
  • Password
  • Plugin Template - Validator



Determines if the element is editable.

Display field as Label when readonly?

Displays the value of the element as plain text when element is set to "Readonly".

Select Button LabelSelect Button Label
Popup Dialog Height

Height in character

Popup Dialog Width

Width in character



Workflow Variable

If the form is part of a workflow process, upon saving of the form (by clicking on "Save as Draft" or "Complete" button). The value in this input field will be saved into the corresponding workflow variable named here.

Using a non-existent Workflow Variable name

You will get the following warning with the name printed out (e.g. status) in the server log if you attempt to map to a non-existent Workflow Variable.

context attribute status does not exist in process context - adding new attributes to the process context is not allowed

Button to clear all selected options in Popup Select Box

  1. Add a custom HTML element into the form.
  2. Paste the following code below. Remember to change field_id to the Popup Select Box Element ID.
<button type="button" onclick="clearAll()">Clear All</button>

function clearAll(){
	FormUtil.getField("field_id").parents(".form-cell").find(".selector_remove").each(function(i, obj) {
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