Multi Select Box allows you to select multiple items with auto-complete behavior. Multi Select Box is a useful replacement for the ordinary Select Box, particularly when there is a very long list of options to choose from. Options are displayed based on the user's input.

Figure 1: Screenshot of Multi Select Box in Form Builder

Figure 2: Screenshot of Multi Select Box in actual Form

Figure 3: Multi Select Box Properties

IDElement ID (By declaring as "country", a corresponding database table column "c_country" will be created)
LabelElement Label to be displayed to end user.
Options (Hardcoded)

Select Box options

Options defined here will not be put into use if Options Binder is defined below.

Or Choose Options Binder

Options to be populated dynamically using Options Binder plugin.

Performance Warning

If you have thousands of select options or sourcing them from Options Binder, this may cause significant increase on page load time. Consider using Popup Select Box instead.

Figure 4: Multi Select Box Properties - Advanced Options

Default Value

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

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

#currentUser.firstName# #currentUser.lastName#

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

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

Multiple Selection

Toggle Multiple Selection.

Field ID to control available options based on Grouping

Dynamically change the available options based on the "grouping" attribute defined in the options by matching to the current value of the element ID defined.


Column width in characters.


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".


Attach a Validator plugin to validate the input value.

When will validation takes place?

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

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

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