Streamlit selectbox unexpected results when filtering

I’m having unexpected results when filtering my selectbox , and I don’t see the best matches listed on top of the list. For example , I have a huge list in my selectbox, and when I filter with the string “WRN”, I expect to see the options starting with this string (or at list options containing it) on top, however its not the case and I find unrelated strings coming first. Here’s a screen capture of what I see:


In some older discussions I s’ve seen the idea of creating a custom filteroption for filtering the selectbox in our own way, but is there any way to pass this function from the python code ?
Thank you in advance

This behavior is because the default way that the selectbox does filtering is with fuzzy-search, meaning as long as the entry has the characters you type in that order, it will be a shown.

For example,
WWOX-AS1 | rp 11 190d 6.2 | wwox antisense rna 1 | wwox as 1” contains w...r...n in order.

It depends on your use-case, but if for example you only care about the part before the first | for filtering purposes, you could use a custom format_func to only display that part, and then the filter will only look at that part.

import streamlit as st

options = [
    "WWOX-AS1 | rp 11 190d 6.2 | wwox antisense rna 1 | wwox as 1",
    "WRN | wrn recq like helicase | werner syndrome recq helicase like | exonuclease wrn | werner ",

def first_section(whole_string: str) -> str:
    return whole_string.split("|")[0]

selected = st.selectbox("Select a gene", options, format_func=first_section)


Note that the output will have the full string, not just the part before the |. Hope that’s helpful.

Thank you for clarifications,
Having seen the react code of streamlit for selectbox filtering , I’m actually aware how its supposed to work. So I know the result is correct , but I guess the selectbox is supposed to list the best scoring strings first, for example the one that starts with : WRN

In addition, I know about the format_fonc and I’m actually using it. But for the filtering, I’d like to it on the entire line , not just on the first section (before the pipe).

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