Creating a Search Experience

Now you have simple app showing a map. In this step, you'll create a search implementation and display the search results in a list.

Add the searchResults state and search function inside the MapScreen function.

  const [searchResults, setSearchResults] = useState<MPLocation[]|undefined>(undefined);

We define a function search that performs a text search on the name of locations. It creates a MPQuery containing the search string, as well as an empty filter. These are passed to MapsIndoors.getLocationsAsync, which asynchronously returns a list of MPLocations.

  const search = async (text: string | undefined) => {
    if (text === undefined) {
      console.debug('Clearing search');

    // Do search
    console.debug(`Searching for "${text}"`);

    const query = MPQuery.create({query: text});
    const filter = MPFilter.create();

    const locations = await MapsIndoors.getLocationsAsync(query, filter)

    (bottomSheet.current as BottomSheet).expand();

We also define a clickResult, which will determine what happens when one of the search results are clicked. In this case we will goTo on MapControl for the location that was clicked. This will pan the map to the location the user clicked, add this inside the MapScreen function.

  const clickResult = (result: MPLocation) => {
    //Centers the map to the chosen MPLocation

Now for the changes to the rendered layout.

We have added two new Views, one containing the SearchBox component that will represent a search bar on the top of the screen, as well as added the SearchResults component inside the BottomSheet. Notice that the onSearch of the searchBox calls the search function that we implemented. This will set the searchResults populating our searchResults component and expanding the BottomSheet showing the results of the search.

We also add the onClose parameter to the BottomSheet that will clear the previous searchResult when the BottomSheet is closed.

return (
    <GestureHandlerRootView style={{flex:1, flexGrow:1}}>
      <MapView style={{
        width: width,
        height: height,
        flex: 1,
      <View style={{position: 'absolute', width: '100%', height: '100%', padding: 10, pointerEvents: 'box-none'}}>
        <SearchBox onSearch={search}/>
      <BottomSheet ref={bottomSheet} snapPoints={['15%', '60%']} index={-1} enablePanDownToClose={true} onClose={() => {setSearchResults(undefined)}}>
        <SearchResults searchResults={searchResults} clickResult={clickResult}/>

The SearchBox and SearchResults components have already been made, but we need to fill in some data to show our search results from the MPLocation. The SearchBox is just a simple input field with two buttons, to call our search function with a string value from the input box. This can be left as is for now.


import React, {useState} from "react";
import {Button, TextInput, View} from "react-native";
import {Colors} from "react-native/Libraries/NewAppScreen";

export default function SearchBox({onSearch}) {
  const [searchBoxText, setSearchBoxText] = useState<string>("");

  return (
      <View  style={{flexDirection: 'row'}}>
            onSubmitEditing={(event) => onSearch(event.nativeEvent.text)}
            placeholder={'Search...'} placeholderTextColor={'#AAA'}
              height: 48,
              backgroundColor: Colors.white,
              borderColor: Colors.dark,
              borderWidth: 1,
              paddingHorizontal: 5,
              flex: 1,
        <Button title={'Search'} onPress={() => onSearch(searchBoxText)}/>
        <Button title={'Cancel'} onPress={() => onSearch(undefined)}/>

The searchResults component is a BottomSheetFlatList that contains a list of items that display the results of the search.


type SearchResultsProps = {
  searchResults: MPLocation[] | undefined;
  clickResult: (location: MPLocation) => void;

export default function SearchResults({searchResults, clickResult}: SearchResultsProps) {

  return (
      <BottomSheetFlatList data={searchResults} keyExtractor={(item, index) => index.toString()}
                renderItem={({item}) => <SearchResultItem item={item} clickResult={clickResult} />}

First we'll implement the useEffect hook to retrieve an iconUrl from the MPLocation. Here we get the DisplayRule of the location through MapsIndoors and use the IconUrl to display an image in our view for the location.

We will then add two Text elements inside the second view of SearchResultItem to display the name as well as the buildingName of the MPLocation.


type SearchResultItemProps = {
  item: MPLocation;
  clickResult: (location: MPLocation) => void;

export default function SearchResultItem({item, clickResult}: SearchResultItemProps) {
  const fallbackImageUrl = "data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAUEBAAAACwAAAAAAQABAAACAkQBADs="

  const [itemURL, setItemURL] = useState(fallbackImageUrl)

  useEffect(() => {
    const _ = async () => {
      const url = await (await MapsIndoors.getDisplayRuleByLocation(item))?.getIconUrl()
      setItemURL(url ?? fallbackImageUrl);
  }, [])

  return (
          style={{paddingVertical: 5, width: '100%'}}
          onPress={(event) => clickResult(item)}>
        <View style={{backgroundColor: Colors.lighter, padding: 5, flexDirection: 'row'}}>
          <Image source={{uri: itemURL}} style={{width: 42, height:42}} />
          <View style={{flex: 1, paddingHorizontal: 10}}>
            <Text style={{fontSize: 20, color: Colors.dark}} numberOfLines={1}>{}</Text>
            <Text style={{fontSize: 10, color: Colors.dark}} numberOfLines={1}>{item.buildingName}</Text>

You should now be able to run the application and search for locations inside the solution, and be able to click them to show where the location is on the map, as well as read the name and the possible building tied to it.

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