Creating a Searchable Dropdown of Strings in GTK-rs (Rust + GTK4)

A short post because this took me hours of trial and error to figure out.

// Step 1:
let my_string_vec = vec!["one", "two", "apples", "appstore", "append"];
let imgs_strlist = gtk::StringList::new(my_string_vec.as_slice());

// Step 2:
let exp = gtk::PropertyExpression::new(

// Step 3:
let my_select = gtk::DropDown::new(Some(imgs_strlist), Some(exp));

Step 1

Get your vector of strings (i.e. your dropdown options) from wherever and create a StringList from them. This is the Model for your Dropdown.

Step 2

Now you need an Expression. I won't pretend I fully grok what these are, even after all this research, but you need it.

Step 3

Now build your DropDown passing your StringList as the Model and the Expression as the Expression. Then use set_enable_search to allow searching, and set_search_match_mode to set how the searching will work.

That's it

It's very simple when you know what to do, but when you don't it's not at all obvious.

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