Create elegant taggable fields with copy/paste and keyboard support.

Using jQuery UI Autocomplete

<input type="text" class="form-control" id="tokenfield" value="red,green,blue" />
  autocomplete: {
    source: ['red','blue','green','yellow','violet','brown','purple','black','white'],
    delay: 100
  showAutocompleteOnFocus: true

Using Twitter Typeahead

<input type="text" class="form-control" id="tokenfield-typeahead" value="red,green,blue" />
var engine = new Bloodhound({
  local: [{value: 'red'}, {value: 'blue'}, {value: 'green'} , {value: 'yellow'}, {value: 'violet'}, {value: 'brown'}, {value: 'purple'}, {value: 'black'}, {value: 'white'}],
  datumTokenizer: function(d) {
    return Bloodhound.tokenizers.whitespace(d.value);
  queryTokenizer: Bloodhound.tokenizers.whitespace


  typeahead: [null, { source: engine.ttAdapter() }]


Trigger tokenfield via JavaScript:



Options can be passed via data attributes or JavaScript. For data attributes, append the option name to data-, as in data-minLength="".

Name type default description
tokens string, array [] Tokens (or tags). Can be a string with comma-separated values ("one,two,three"), an array of strings (["one","two","three"]), or an array of objects ([{ value: "one", label: "Einz" }, { value: "two", label: "Zwei" }])
limit int 0 Maximum number of tokens allowed. 0 = unlimited.
minLength int 0 Minimum length required for token value.
minWidth int 60 Minimum input field width. In pixels.
autocomplete object {} jQuery UI Autocomplete options
showAutocompleteOnFocus boolean false Whether to show autocomplete suggestions menu on focus or not. Works only for jQuery UI Autocomplete, as Typeahead has no support for this kind of behavior.
typeahead array [] Arguments for Twitter Typeahead. The first argument should be an options hash (or null if you want to use the defaults). The second argument should be a dataset. You can add multiple datasets: typeahead: [options, dataset1, dataset2]
createTokensOnBlur boolean false Whether to turn input into tokens when tokenfield loses focus or not.
delimiter string, array ',' A character or an array of characters that will trigger token creation on keypress event. Defaults to ',' (comma). Note - this does not affect Enter or Tab keys, as they are handled in the keydown event. The first delimiter will be used as a separator when getting the list of tokens or copy-pasting tokens.
beautify boolean true Whether to insert spaces after each token when getting a comma-separated list of tokens. This affects both value returned by getTokensList() and the value of the original input field.
inputType string 'text' HTML type attribute for the token input. This is useful for specifying an HTML5 input type like 'email', 'url' or 'tel' which allows mobile browsers to show a specialized virtual keyboard optimized for different types of input. This only sets the type of the visible token input but does not touch the original input field. So you may set the original input to have type="text" but set this inputType option to 'email' if you only want to take advantage of the email style keyboard on mobile, but don't want to enable HTML5 native email validation on the original hidden input.

Data attributes for individual tokenfields

Options for individual tokenfields can alternatively be specified through the use of data attributes, as explained above.

Styling Twitter Typeahead

Twitter Typeahead comes with no default styling. Make sure to include tokenfield-typeahead.css on your page.



Initializes an input with a tokenfield.


.tokenfield('setTokens', tokens)

Manually set the tokenfield content (replacing the old content)

$('#myField').tokenfield('setTokens', 'blue,red,white');
$('#myField').tokenfield('setTokens', ['blue','red','white']);
$('#myField').tokenfield('setTokens', [{ value: "blue", label: "Blau" }, { value: "red", label: "Rot" }]);

.tokenfield('createToken', token)

Manually create a token and append it to the input

$('#myField').tokenfield('createToken', 'purple');
$('#myField').tokenfield('createToken', { value: 'violet', label: 'Violet' });

.tokenfield('getTokens', active)

Get an array of tokens from the input. Set active to true to return only selected tokens.


.tokenfield('getTokensList', delimiter, beautify, active)

Get a comma-separated list of the tokens from the input. You can use an alternative separator by supplying also a delimiter argument. Setting beautify to false will prevent adding a space after each token. Set active to true to return only selected tokens.

$('#myField').tokenfield('getTokensList', '; ');


Disable tokenfield (just like a normal input field)



Enable tokenfield (just like a normal input field)



Make tokenfield a readonly field (just like a normal input field)



Make tokenfield writeable (just like a normal input field)



Destroy tokenfield and restore original input


Accessing original input

Though not recommended, you can access the original input field like so: $('#tokenfield').data('bs.tokenfield').$input

You can also set new options for the autocomplete or typehead objects from the original input above like so: $('#tokenfield').data('bs.tokenfield').$input.autocomplete({source: new_array})


Tokenfield exposes a few events for hooking into it's functionality.

Event Description
tokenfield:initialize Fires after Tokenfield has been initialized.
tokenfield:createtoken This event fires when a token is all set up to be created, but before it is inserted into the DOM and event listeners are attached. You can use this event to manipulate token value and label by changing the appropriate values of attrs property of the event. See below for an example. Calling event.preventDefault() or doing return false in the event handler will prevent the token from being created.
tokenfield:createdtoken This event is fired after the token has been created. Here, attrs property of the event is also available, but is basically read-only. You can also get a direct reference to the token DOM object via e.relatedTarget. The example below uses this to set an 'invalid' class on the newly created token if it does not pass validation.
tokenfield:edittoken This event is fired just before a token is about to be edited. This allows you to manipluate the input field value before it is created. Again, to do this, manipluate the attrs property of the event. Here you can also access the token DOM object with e.relatedTarget. Calling event.preventDefault() or doing return false in the event handler will prevent the token from being edited.
tokenfield:editedtoken This event is fired when a token is ready for being edited. It means that the token has been replaced by an input field.
tokenfield:removetoken This event is fired right before a token is removed. Here you can also access the token DOM object with e.relatedTarget. Calling event.preventDefault() or doing return false in the event handler will prevent the token from being removed. You can access token label and value by checking the attrs property of the event. Also, e.relatedTarget is a reference to the token DOM object.
tokenfield:removedtoken This event is fired right after a token is removed from the DOM. You can access token label and value by checking the attrs property of the event.

The example below is pretty comprehensive. Here, we split user input into two parts: name and email. Then, we validate the email and if it is not valid, we add an invalid class to the token.

When the user starts to edit the token, we merge token value and label together again.


  .on('tokenfield:createtoken', function (e) {
    var data = e.attrs.value.split('|')
    e.attrs.value = data[1] || data[0]
    e.attrs.label = data[1] ? data[0] + ' (' + data[1] + ')' : data[0]

  .on('tokenfield:createdtoken', function (e) {
    // Über-simplistic e-mail validation
    var re = /\S+@\S+\.\S+/
    var valid = re.test(e.attrs.value)
    if (!valid) {

  .on('tokenfield:edittoken', function (e) {
    if (e.attrs.label !== e.attrs.value) {
      var label = e.attrs.label.split(' (')
      e.attrs.value = label[0] + '|' + e.attrs.value

  .on('tokenfield:removedtoken', function (e) {
    alert('Token removed! Token value was: ' + e.attrs.value)


Keyboard support

Tokenfield includes support for manipulating tokens via keyboard

left, right arrow keys

Arrow keys will move between active tokens. Try it out: click on one of the tokens and press left and right arrow keys

Backspace and delete

You can delete a selected token with backspace or delete keys. Try it out now:

Ctrl + A / Cmd + A, Ctrl + C / Cmd + C, Ctrl + V, Cmd + V

If You have one token selected, you can select all tokens with the keyboard. Then, you can copy the tokens using keyboard. You can also paste tokens to another field.

Copy & paste support

You can copy tokens from a tokenfield and paste them to any other field as comma-separated values. When you paste to another tokenfield, they will become tokens there, aswell!

Try it out, copy the following to the field below: violet,yellow,brown

Validation states

Tokenfield also supports all the default validation states from Bootstrap

Various examples of using tokenfield

Using tokenfield with input groups



Using tokenfield with input group checkboxes and radio buttons

Using tokenfield with buttons in input groups

Using tokenfield with different sizes


Disabled tokenfield

Disabled fieldset with tokenfield

Tokenfield in inline form

Tokenfield in horizontal form

Tokenfield with fluid and fixed widths (50%, 300px, etc...)

Tokenfield with RTL direction