A Listbox is a vertical list of interactive options, with room for icons, descriptions, and other elements.

Listbox component examples

Basic implementation of a control element used to let merchants select options

import {Listbox} from '@shopify/polaris';
import React from 'react';

function BaseListboxExample() {
  return (
    <Listbox accessibilityLabel="Basic Listbox example">
      <Listbox.Option value="UniqueValue-1">Item 1</Listbox.Option>
      <Listbox.Option value="UniqueValue-2">Item 2</Listbox.Option>
      <Listbox.Option value="UniqueValue-3">Item 3</Listbox.Option>


interface ListboxProps

Inner content of the listbox.


Indicates the default active option in the list. Patterns that support option creation should default the active option to the first option.

Defaults to .FirstSelected.


Explicitly enable keyboard control.


Visually hidden text for screen readers.


Provide a custom ID for the list element.

onSelect?(value: string) => void

Callback fired when an option is selected.

onActiveOptionChange?(value: string, domId: string) => void

Callback fired when an option becomes active.


A diagram of the Listbox component showing the smaller primitive components it can be composed of.

A listbox can be composed of:

  1. Options: The individual options inside the Listbox that merchants can select or deselect.
  2. Dividers: Placed between items and are useful in complex lists when there’s a lot of information for the merchant to parse.
  3. Section headers: Used at the begining of a section when it’s necessary to call out the content being displayed. In most cases, the surrounding context should be enough for the merchant to understand the information in the list.

Best practices

Listboxes should:

  • Be clearly labeled so it’s noticeable to the merchant what type of options will be available
  • Limit the number of options displayed at once
  • Indicate a loading state to the merchant while option data is being populated

Content guidelines

Option lists

Each item in a Listbox should be clear and descriptive.

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  • Source

Patterns that use Listbox

Location picker



The Listbox component is based on the Aria 1.2 Listbox pattern.

It is important to not present interactive elements inside of list box options as they can interfere with navigation for assistive technology users.

  • Use labels
  • Use interactive elements inside the list

Keyboard support

  • Access the list of options with the up and down arrow keys
  • Select an option that has focus with the enter/return key

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