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Adding records manually

Records are a primitive used by CommandBar that represent user data which can be searched via Spotlight. If you use a backend search provider, you can connect CommandBar directly to that provider without any code using one of our pre-built integrations.

If you use an unsupported backend search provider, use a homegrown search endpoint, or want precise control over how user queries are handled, then you have come to the right doc.

Adding records

There are a few different ways to add records to CommandBar that each cater to different sources of data.

Supply a list directly

The simplest way to supply records is to supply a list directly. For example:

window.CommandBar.addRecords("pets", [
{ label: "Fido", id: "foo42" },
{ label: "Buster", id: "bar43" },
{ label: "Brutus", id: "baz44" },

This method is best when you would like to supply static data to CommandBar, or supply data to CommandBar on page load. As soon as addRecords is called here, the data will be loaded into CommandBar.

Each record must have a label field, or you must supply a labelKey separately. See our SDK docs for an example.

Supply a loader function

Generally, it makes sense to provide a loader function either when grabbing the record set is expensive (so you only want to do it if the user needs it), or when it’s hard to handle eagerly updating the value as it changes.

For example, if the list of pets isn't maintained on the frontend, you might not want to load it unless the user does something that requires the list of pets. For example,

const getPets = () => fetch("");
window.CommandBar.addRecords("pets", getPets);

Here, getPets will only be called when a user opens Spotlight.

Supply an endpoint for a single record type

Another way to supply records to CommandBar is with an endpoint that sends results as the user types. Here, we send a request to an endpoint and receive results as the user is typing. Queries are debounced so that a request isn’t sent every keystroke. It’s possible to do this with onInputChange:

const getPets = (query) => fetch("${query}");
window.CommandBar.addRecords("pets", [], {
onInputChange: getPets,

Supply multiple endpoints

Sometimes, you might have an endpoint that returns different types of results. For example, you might have a single endpoint that returns results for both pets and petToys. This is usually preferred to single-type endpoints because it minimizes the number of network requests triggered per search. To do this, we can use multi-search. Here’s an example of that:

// Function invoking multi search API endpoint
const onInputChange = (query) => {
const result = () => {
return fetch(`${query}`).then((response) =>
return (
new Promise() <
any >
((resolve) => {
pets: result.pets,
petToys: result.petToys,

// Add two different records
window.CommandBar.addRecords("pets", []);
window.CommandBar.addRecords("petToys", []);

// Add a search endpoint for both records
window.CommandBar.addMultiSearch(onInputChange, ["pets", "petToys"]);