SPJS-Cascading dropdowns

What does it do?

This solution lets you create a set of cascading dropdowns based on a query in another list. You can have as many levels of dropdown as you like.

The dropdowns can be single choice or multi choice. For single choice use a single line plain text field, and form multichoice use a multi line plain text field.

Please note that the values are stored as plain text and does not have a clickable link back to the source item as the built in lookup column in SharePoint has.

The selected values will also not update in the list items if you update the source list item.

The data source

The datasource is a list with one separate column for each of the dropdowns in your cascading dropdown set.

The column in the dataset can be of one of these types:

  • A single line of text column with one option in each field.
  • A single choice lookup column.
  • A multiline plain textarea with a pipe delimited list of options.
  • A multichoice lookup column.

Example datasource with single line of text

Example datasource with pipe delimited options

Multilingual options

You can show the options in multiple languages by adding it in the datasource like this

{"1033":"English value","1031":"German value","default":"Default value"}

Please note that while the display value in the options adapt to the browser language,  it’s the “default” value that will be saved to the database.

Configuration options

Note to self

This field is a not used in the configuration, and you can use it to keep notes to yourself.

GUID or display name of the list where the values are found

This is the list Display Name or GUID of the list that holds the values to populate the dropdowns.

BaseUrl of the list where the values are found

This is the relative or absolute URL of the site where the list is located. Use {currentSite} if the list is in the same site as your DFFS form.

Comma separated list of fields in the lookup list

Specify the fields in the data source list that you want to populate your cascading dropdowns with.

Comma separated list of fields in the current list

This is the fields in the current list item that you want to convert into the cascading dropdowns. To use multiselect, append :multi to the FieldInternalName.

The default value in the dropdown select when no value has been selected

The value to display in the dropdown select when no items has been selected. Supports MUI – see Help tab.

Optional filter

Use this to filter the datasource.

Specify the filter like this:

“filterField” is the internal name of the field you want to filter on, “filterValue” is the value, and “operator” can be one of these: eq, lt, le, gt, ge, ne, startswith and substringof. Please note that you cannot use “ne” in SharePoint 2010.
Currently you can only use one filter parameter.

Hide the dropdowns when they have no available options

Determines whether or not to hide dropdowns with no available options.

Autofill subsequent dropdowns when they contain only one valid option

If the next dropdown contains only one option it will be automatically selected.

Clear invalid selections when editing an existing item

If you open a list item in EditForm and the original selection no longer is a valid selection, you can decide whether to clear it or keep it.

Show debug information

Used to troubleshoot the setup.  While this is “true”, the list field where the input is stored will show below the cascading dropdowns select.

Sorting of the options

The default sort order of the items is alphabetically, but when using the pipe delimited options you control the sort order manually when you add the options in the textarea.


You can supply an initial filter to for example show only the options that are marked as “Active”. Use this object formatted string in the “Optional filter” textarea:


You can use these operators: eq, lt, le, gt, ge, ne, startswith and substringof. Please note that you cannot use ne in SharePoint 2010.

Currently you can only use one filter parameter.

Please note that the filtering options will be different for boolean fields in SharePoint 2010 and 2013. Use 1 in 2010 and true in 2013.

Invoke the function manually

This step requires version 3.7.1 or above of the cascading dropdown plugin. Currently in BETA – get it here.

If you need to control the function call in your custom code – for example if you want to use a different array of fields to populate the cascading dropdowns, you can call the function manually from the Custom JS like this:


Please note that  if you use this manual function call you shall not use the “Cascading dropdowns” tab in DFFS backend to configure it.

The “filter” option should be passed as a proper object and not as a JSON string.

The option “manualMode” must be set to true to be able to trigger a change in the datasource if you call the function again with a new filter.