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A multi (or single) select component with support for sub categories, search, chips. It's intended for long-ish lists, as it opens in a Modal (I might make this optional in the future).

This is based on The problems I had were that I needed it to be in a modal, because of nested ScrollViews not working on Android, and I needed to display categories with sub-categories.


  • Currently all ids must be unique. So if you're pulling data from multiple sources, be aware that id clashes will cause (major) problems i.e both items with the same id will get selected. Looking for contributors for this - would require a bit of a refactor (see #33).
  • There is no ajax support.


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You can install this package with the following command: npm i react-native-sectioned-multi-select or yarn add react-native-sectioned-multi-select


The library uses icon names from react-native-vector-icons/MaterialIcons, however, it no longer imports the react-native-vector-icons library. You should install react-native-vector-icons yourself, then pass the icon to the IconRenderer prop.

import Icon from 'react-native-vector-icons/MaterialIcons`
<SectionedMultiSelect IconRenderer={Icon} />

Similarly, for Expo environments you can use:

import {MaterialIcons} from '@expo/vector-icons';
<SectionedMultiSelect IconRenderer={MaterialIcons} />

If you prefer to use your own icon images or icon font, the IconRenderer prop can be used to replace the icons used. See an example here: (note the switch, you can refer to this to know what to map icon names to e.g if you're just passing in a different RN Vector Icons font).

icons prop

You can now pass your own icons object to map the properties to a different icon library or your own IconRenderer component. For each of these keys, the IconRenderer will be called with the corresponding name and size props. All properties are spread to the IconRenderer, so you can override style or other props your icon component might use.

Here is the default icons object, which uses Material Icons names.

icons: {
  search: {
    name: 'search', // search input
    size: 24
  arrowUp: {
    name: 'keyboard-arrow-up', // dropdown toggle
    size: 22
  arrowDown: {
    name: 'keyboard-arrow-down', // dropdown toggle
    size: 22
  selectArrowDown: {
    name: 'keyboard-arrow-down', // select
    size: 24
  close: {
    name: 'close', // chip close
    size: 16
  check: {
    name: 'check', // selected item
    size: 16
  cancel: {
    name: 'cancel', // cancel button
    size: 18

Required props:

items | array
uniqueKey | string
onSelectedItemsChange | function IconRenderer | function or object

Basic Example

import React, { Component } from 'react';
import { View } from 'react-native';
import Icon from 'react-native-vector-icons/MaterialIcons`
import SectionedMultiSelect from 'react-native-sectioned-multi-select';

const items = [
  // this is the parent or 'item'
    name: 'Fruits',
    id: 0,
    // these are the children or 'sub items'
    children: [
        name: 'Apple',
        id: 10,
        name: 'Strawberry',
        id: 17,
        name: 'Pineapple',
        id: 13,
        name: 'Banana',
        id: 14,
        name: 'Watermelon',
        id: 15,
        name: 'Kiwi fruit',
        id: 16,
    // next parent item


export default class App extends Component {
  constructor() {
    this.state = {
      selectedItems: [],
  onSelectedItemsChange = (selectedItems) => {
    this.setState({ selectedItems });

  render() {
    return (
          selectText="Choose some things..."

Refs / internal methods

You can do some programatic operations by setting up a ref to the component and accessing its internal methods:

// function component
import React, { useRef } from 'react'

const App = () => {
const ref = useRef(null)
  return (

// class component
    ref={SectionedMultiSelect => this.SectionedMultiSelect = SectionedMultiSelect}

Remove all items:

// function component
onPress={() => ref && ref.current && ref.current._removeAllItems()}
// class component
onPress={() => this.SectionedMultiSelect._removeAllItems()}

Toggle the modal:

// function component
onPress={() => ref && ref.current && ref.current._removeAllItems()}
// class component
onPress={() => this.SectionedMultiSelect._toggleSelector()}


See Recipes for more detailed usage examples / customizations.


Your items should have a uniqueKey(default: 'id') and a displayKey (default: 'name'). Any child items of that item should be in subKey, and they will have uniqueKey and displayKey properties. As you can see from the example above, my items all have a unique id property and the child items is an array within the subKey property.

Sub categories are optional, there's no need to have subKey items if you don't want to.

You can also pass in extra options to individual items:

  • disabled: true - the item will be disabled
  • Icons: the component prop iconKey is the name of the property that individual item icons will be derived from. E.g icon: {uri: ...}. See full example here


Props, there are lots.


Prop Default type Desc
items array the items
uniqueKey 'id' string the unique key for your items
subKey 'sub' string the array of sub items within items
displayKey 'name' string the key for the display name / title of the item
iconKey string the key for the display icon / bitmap of the item
selectedItems [] array the selected items
onSelectedItemsChange function function that runs when an item is toggled
onSelectedItemObjectsChange function function that returns the selected items as their original objects instead of an array of ids
onCancel function function that runs when the cancel button is pressed
onConfirm function function that runs when the confirm button is pressed
onToggleSelector function callback function that runs when the selector is toggled. receives a boolean for the open/close state of the modal


Prop Default type Desc
loading false bool set the loading state, shows loadingComponent if true
single false bool allow only one selection
showDropDowns true bool whether to allow dropdown toggles to show/hide the sub items (if false, sub items are always shown)
expandDropDowns false bool when using showDropDowns, set to true to expand all the dropdowns on mount
animateDropDowns true bool whether to animate toggling of dropdowns
showChips true bool whether to show the chips of the selected items
hideSelect false bool hide the select component
hideConfirm false bool hide the confirm buttom
showCancelButton false bool Show a cancel button next to the confirm button. Dismisses modal and removes all selected items.
alwaysShowSelectText false bool Don't show number of items selected or the single selected item on the select label (unless single is true).
readOnlyHeadings false bool whether the parent items can be pressed or not. If true and showDropdowns is true, pressing the parent item will toggle the dropdown
hideSearch false bool hide the search bar entirely
selectChildren false bool if true, selecting a parent item will automatically select its children
highlightChildren false bool if true, selecting a parent item will automatically highlight its children (but the child ids won't be broadcast to the selectedItems state)
showRemoveAll false bool Whether to show a Remove all chip at the beginning of the selected items chips
modalSupportedOrientations ['landscape', 'portrait'] array The supportedOrientations of the Modal
modalAnimationType 'fade' string The animation type of the Modal (fade or slide)
modalWithSafeAreaView false bool If true uses a <SafeAreaView> component for the backdrop component. Useful for e.g iPhone X notch
modalWithTouchable false bool If true wraps the backdrop component with <TouchableWithoutFeedback> . Closes modal on press (this._closeSelector(); fires onToggleSelector(false)).
parentChipsRemoveChildren false bool If true, pressing a parent chip's remove button will remove all of its selected children.


Prop Default type Desc
selectText 'Select' string the text for the select component
confirmText 'Confirm' string the text for the confirm button
selectedText 'selected' string OR function the text that follows the number of items selected
renderSelectText function Function that allows you to set custom Select Text given access to component's props
searchPlaceholderText 'Search categories...' string the placeholder text for the search input
searchAdornment function receives search input text and is output on the right side of the search input
removeAllText 'Remove all' string Text for optional remove all button
filterItems null function Use a custom filtering function for the search: receives searchText, items, props. Should return an array of item objects.
headerComponent undefined object optional component to display above the search bar
footerComponent undefined object optional component to display below the confirm button
stickyFooterComponent undefined object optional component to display below the confirm button, but outside of the scroll view
noResultsComponent Sorry, no results object the component to display when the search results are empty
loadingComponent ActivityIndicator object the component to display when loading is set to true
noItemsComponent No Items object Shown when the items array is empty / null
selectToggleIconComponent Material keyboard-arrow-down object The icon to the right of the dropdown in its initial state )
searchIconComponent Material search object The search input icon (default Magnifying glass)
selectedIconComponent Material check object The icon component to the left of the selected item (default Checkmark)
unselectedIconComponent object The icon component to the left of the unselected item
dropDownToggleIconUpComponent Material keyboard-arrow-up object The parent dropdown icon in closed state
dropDownToggleIconDownComponent Material keyboard-arrow-down object The parent dropdown icon in opened state
cancelIconComponent Material cancel object The cancel button's inner component
customChipsRenderer function Use a custom render function for custom chips: receives uniqueKey, subKey, displayKey, items, selectedItems, colors, styles. should return valid jsx
chipRemoveIconComponent Material close object The chip remove button's icon component
styles {} object Styles object - see styles section
colors {...} object colors object - see colors section
itemFontFamily Avenir / normal - bold object font family for the parent items. Can be a regular style object
subItemFontFamily Avenir / normal - 200 object font family for the sub items. Can be a regular style object
searchTextFontFamily Avenir / normal - 200 object font family for the search input. Can be a regular style object
confirmFontFamily Avenir / normal - bold object font family for the confirm button.
itemNumberOfLines null number numberOfLines for item text
selectLabelNumberOfLines 1 number numberOfLines for select label text
customLayoutAnimation easeInEaseOut object define your own LayoutAnimation preset or custom animation
IconRenderer function OR object The icon component to use. Receives name, size (in some cases), and style props
itemsFlatListProps {} object extra props to add to / override the FlatList of parent items
subItemsFlatListProps {} object extra props to add to / override the parent items' sub items FlatList


You can pass a colors object to theme it how you like.

These are the available colors and their defaults:

Name Default Description
primary #3f51b5 used for the dropdown toggle icon, the no results text and the background of the confirm button.
success #4caf50 used for the selected checkmark icon.
cancel #1A1A1A used for the cancel button background
text #2e2e2e Parent item text color
subText #848787 Sub item text color
selectToggleTextColor #333 Select button text color
searchPlaceholderTextColor #999 Search input placeholder text color
searchSelectionColor rgba(0,0,0,0.2) Search input text selection color
itemBackground #fff parent item background color
subItemBackground #ffffff sub item background color
chipColor #848787 chip color
disabled #d7d7d7 Selected icon color for sub items when highlight children is used


You can pass a styles object to style it how you like.

These are the styles you can change:
container modalWrapper backdrop listContainer
itemText selectedItemText
selectedSubItemText selectedSubItem subItemText
chipContainer parentChipContainer parentChipText chipText


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