Ajax Live Search With PHP And MySQL

By : PHPErrorCode July 22, 2017 8004 Views php,ajax

in this post I create into a basic example of live serch with PHP on the backend. Live search is an essential aspect of UI and user experience on the website. Normally you would connect this into a database using an engine like MySQL, but for this post I want to focus on handling the response from PHP, and this post, I will highlight the process of building an autocomplete (Live Search) engine for your website.

AJAX Live Search is a search form that displays the result as you type. It acts like the Google Search Autocomplete (Auto Suggest) feature. Therefore it makes it easier for the users to find what they are looking for. AJAX Live Search has been developed using PHP, JavaScript (jQuery), AJAX and MySQL.

What is Ajax?

AJAX is the acronym for Asynchronous JavaScript & XML.

JavaScript is an open source & most popular client side scripting language supported by all browsers.This class is geared to make you a JavaScript pro!.

XML is the acronym for Extensible Markup Language. It is used to encode messages in both human and machine readable formats.

It is a technology that reduces the interactions between the server and client.

will first built the code on my local machine. For this, I will need a MySQL database with sample data and connect it with the AJAX form.Please first create a database named Tutorial in your pc and create a user table in it, follow this belowe example

step 1: First of all, Create a Database :

  1. Open phpmyadmin
  2. Create database   as "tutorial"
  3. Click create table and name it as "user"
  `id` int(11) NOT NULL,
  `user_name` varchar(25) NOT NULL

and add 10 record in your above databse table

Step 2: Create A New File config.php And Place The Code Below Into It.

Database configuration file edit database name, user and password as per your configuration.

$servername = "localhost";
$username = "root";
$password = "";
$dbname = "tutorial";

  // Create connection
  $conn = new mysqli($servername, $username, $password, $dbname);

  // Check connection
  if ($conn->connect_error) 
      die("Connection failed: " . $conn->connect_error);

step 3: Create A New File index.php :

This is the main file of the search engine, where the user inputs data and views the result. Create a file named index.php and paste the following code in it:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Ajex Live Search in  PHP with Jquery</title>
    <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.2.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="custom.css">
    <script type="text/javascript" src="custom.js"></script>
    <div class="wrap">
        <div class="search">
	    <h2>Ajex Live Search in  PHP with Jquery</h2>
	    <input type="text" class="searchTerm" placeholder="Enter name">
	    <button type="submit" class="searchButton">
	        <i class="fa fa-search"></i>
	<div class="search_box">

step 4: Create A New File custom.js :

Every time the content of search input is changed or keyup event occur on search input the below jQuery custom.js" file which retrieves the records from countries table related to the searched term. Those records later will be inserted inside a <ul> by the jQuery and displayed on the browser.

        var text = $(this).val();
            type: "POST",
            url: "search.php",
            data: 'text='+text,
            dataType: "html",
            async: false,
            success: function(text){


step 5: Create A New File search.php :

This is the important file that generates AJAX request for the server and returns the results. Create a new file named search.php, and copy the following code in it:

$text = $_POST['text'];

$result = $conn->query("SELECT * FROM user where user_name LIKE '%$text%'");

	if($result->num_rows > 0){
		echo '<ul class="search_ul">';
		while ($row = $result->fetch_assoc()) 
			echo '<li><a href="">'.$row["user_name"].'</a></li>';
		echo '</ul>';

The SQL SELECT statement is used in combination with the LIKE operator (line no-5) to find the matching records in users_name database table.

step 6: Create A New File custom.css :

below define the search box design in custom.css file

@import url(https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/font-awesome/4.7.0/css/font-awesome.min.css);

.search {
  width: 100%;
  position: relative
.searchTerm {
  float: left;
  width: 100%;
  border: 3px solid #00B4CC;
  padding: 5px;
  height: 21px;
  outline: none;
  color: #9DBFAF;
  color: #00B4CC;
.searchButton {
  position: absolute;  
  right: -50px;
  width: 40px;
  height: 37px;
  border: 1px solid #00B4CC;
  background: #00B4CC;
  text-align: center;
  color: #fff;
  border-radius: 5px;
  cursor: pointer;
  font-size: 20px;

/*Resize the wrap to see the search bar change!*/
  width: 36%;
  position: absolute;
  top: 15%;
  left: 50%;
  transform: translate(-50%, -50%);
  width: 102.2%;
  background: #fff;
.search_box ul{
  list-style: none;
  padding: 0px;
  width: 100%;
  box-shadow: 0px 0px 4px 0px #00B4CC;
  margin-left: 1px;
.search_box ul li{
  padding: 5px 10px;
  box-shadow: 0px 0px 1px 0px #00B4CC;
.search_box ul li:hover{
  background: #E2FCFF;
.search_box ul li a{
  text-decoration: none;

This is it. The Live Search box for your website is now ready for real-world traffic. If you need help with the code or would like to suggest improvements, do leave a comment below.