• This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more.

Thread Filter by AddonsLab 1.1.1

No permission to buy ($49.99)
Compatible XF 2.x versions
Updates duration
1 year updates and support - 40 USD
Visible branding
Yes, but removable with payment
Add-On Overview

The add-on allows to filter and search threads based on Custom thread fields. The idea is to allow admins to utilize the power of custom thread fields to turn their forums into Directory, Classifieds, Shop or other types of content, for which filtering the data based on custom fields is vital.

The controls to filter the threads are added in Filters popup in the thread list:

Filters popup.png

Search Threads page is also enhanced to show filter controls when the forum being searched currently has custom fields associated with it:

Search form.png

Each field can be configured separately to be shown in the filter list and/or in the search form:

Options for choice fields.png

Choice fields can be configured to be shown in the forms using Check boxes and Multiple-choice drop down (allow searching/filtering by multiple values) or Drop down selection/Radio buttons (allow searching/filtering only by single value).

Field Options.png

Date fields and numeric fields are shown as interval inputs (from... to...) where both fields are optional, so it is possible to search any values higher/lower than the defined values or in some particular interval.

Color fields are also supported and color similarity algorithm is implemented. All items with visually similar colors are found and listed. An example search listing threads filtered by color similarity can be seen here The index of color similarity is configurable and can be set from product's options page:

Text fields are searched and indexed just like thread text itself. Full-text search is executed with fuzzy matching, meaning the phrase searched does not have to be in exactly the same order as in the query.

Thread list shows all active filters. Clicking each filter will remove the field and re-run the search with the remaining filters:

Active Filters.png

The product allows moving the filters from the default location in a popup to the sidebar on forum pages. The setting can be configured globally or for each forum.

Product Options.png Filter in sidebar.png

Xenforo Enhanced Search and Elastic Search support

The add-on has special support for Enhanced Search add-on with Elasticsearch back-end. Custom field information is indexed as separate content type in Elasticsearch. A high-performance algorithm is implemented to filter millions of records and show only threads matching filter criteria. Custom fields are searched only once, and the result is cached for subsequent pages. Even though the product performs completely fine without Enhanced Search add-on, it is highly recommended to use this add-on and Elasticsearch on large databases (the performance of MySQL-based engine can be tested on our demo board at https://xf2.addonslab.com/index.php?forums/node-1.4/ with more than 150k threads having in total more than 1 million custom field values).

Planned Features

In the upcoming version, we will implement a new per-forum option to show thread filters as a separate block on top of thread list or as a form in the sidebar, instead of having them in Filters popup. We are also planning to add an option for each custom field to allow to show its value right in thread list and search results (for example, having t-shirts of different colors admins can decide to show the color of the t-shirt right in the list of threads). Filtering threads in thread list based on thread tags will also be considered. Another planned feature is the implementation of dependent custom fields. Feel free to suggest features you would like to see in the product and we will consider them as well.


Add-on costs $49.99 USD that includes one year of support and updates with permanent access to product versions released in license validity period. Yearly extension costs $40.00 USD

The add-on has a visible branding with a link to our website which can be removed for additional $30.00 USD payment.

Trial Version

We offer seven days free trial version on our website. No credit card is required, the service is approved automatically upon registration and confirmation of order.

IonCube Loader and PHP 5.6+ version are required to run trial version of the product. The full version does not have such requirement and does not have any encoded code in it.


The product is active on our forums at https://xf2.addonslab.com/index.php and can be tested at https://xf2.addonslab.com/index.php?forums/node-1.4/

Registered user accounts
Username: user1
Password: userpass

Username: user2
Password: userpass

Admin account
Username: admin1
Password: adminpass

Licensing Information

You will get a License Key upon purchase/trial subscription, which will be available in My Services page at https://customers.addonslab.com/marketplace.php/my-services/

The key should be entered in product's Options page in XenForo Admin Panel. Once entered and saved you will see full details about your current license status. The key can be used only on one board and one server, so if you move the board you need to Reissue the license in My Services page.

The product does not include any callbacks, that execute on page load time on front-end or via cron jobs. License check is done only when you edit/save product's options or upgrade the product to the next version.

We require valid XenForo license to purchase the product. You will be asked for XenForo License validation information during the purchase.

Full details at https://addonslab.com/threads/product-licensing-information.81/


Support will be provided in the Discussion Thread at XenForo.com and in our Support System at https://customers.addonslab.com/submitticket.php

Feel free to contact us with any issues you find in the product or any suggestions.

Check out our free and paid XenForo add-ons in our Marketplace at https://customers.addonslab.com/marketplace.php
First release
Last update
0.00 star(s) 0 ratings

More resources from AddonsLab

Latest updates

  1. Bug-fix release

    This is a bug-fix release, that resolves a PHP error regarding the licensing system, as well as...
  2. New filter location - sidebar

    In this release, we have implemented an option to move Filters on forum view pages from the...