React-Select with custom label and custom search

Lahiru Ranasinghe
Feb 14 · 2 min read

It is hard to find a select with all the requirements you need it to do. React-select was the winner in that search for me with all the features that it provides.

However, I had a bit of a struggle to implement the custom options in React-select, such as using the custom label from the data object where it uses value key and label key from the data set. Let’s say you have a result from the API without ‘value’ and ‘label’ keys.

Adding custom labels

In react-select Menu Items(dropdown) you want to show first name and last name from the data set. It uses the “getOptionLabel" prop.

getOptionLabel={option =>`${option.first_name} ${option.last_name}`}

Adding custom value to return in select

To set which value to return when user selects an option from the menu items. It uses the “getOptionValue” prop

getOptionValue={option => `${option}`}

Adding custom search

If you want to use the whole object or a custom search logic to implement. It uses the “filterOption" prop.


I wanted to search from the first name, last name and the user gender. (for the example)

Seems out it’s pretty easy.

Full code here,

I hope this was helpful for you.

A Full-stack developer with experience in MERN (MongoDB, Express.js, Reactjs and Node) stack and AngularJS.

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