UI: Input Pills

This is a high level and API explanation of the input pill interface in the frontend of the Zulip web application.


A pill container should have the following markup:

<div class="pill-container">
    <div class="input" contenteditable="true"></div>

The pills will automatically be inserted in before the “.input” in order.

Basic Usage

var pill_containter = $("#input_container");
var pills = input_pill.create({
    container: pill_container,
    create_item_from_text: user_pill.create_item_from_email,
    get_text_from_item: user_pill.get_email_from_item,

You can look at static/js/user_pill.js to see how the above methods are implemented. Essentially you just need to convert from raw data (like an email) to structured data (like an object with display_value, email, and user_id for a user), and vice versa. The most important field to supply is display_value. For user pills pill_item.display_value === user.full_name.


Pills almost always work in conjunction with typeahead, and you will want to provide a source function to typeahead that can exclude items from the prior pills. Here is an example snippet from our user group settings code.

source: function () {
    return user_pill.typeahead_source(pills);

And then in user_pill.js

exports.typeahead_source = function (pill_widget) {
    var items = people.get_realm_persons();
    var taken_user_ids = exports.get_user_ids(pill_widget);
    items = _.filter(items, function (item) {
        return taken_user_ids.indexOf(item.user_id) === -1;
    return items;

onPillCreate and onPillRemove methods

You can get notifications from the pill code that pills have been created/remove.

pills.onPillCreate(function () {

pills.onPillRemove(function () {