The <ReferenceInput> and <ReferenceArrayInput> components create a ChoicesContext to store the choices, as well as filters, pagination, sort state, and callbacks to update them.

The ChoicesContext is very similar to the ListContext with the exception that it does not return a data property but 3 choices related properties:

  • availableChoices: The choices that are not selected but match the parameters (sorting, pagination and filters)
  • selectedChoices: The selected choices.
  • allChoices: Merge of both available and selected choices.


Call useChoicesContext in a component, then use this component as a descendant of a ReferenceInput or ReferenceArrayInput component.

// in src/comments/PostInput.js
import { AutocompleteInput, useChoicesContext } from 'react-admin';

export const PostInput = (props) => {
    const { setFilters, displayedFilters } = useChoicesContext();

    const handleCheckboxChange = (event, checked) => {
        setFilters({ published: checked }, displayedFilters);

    return (
            <AutocompleteInput {...props} />
                control={<Checkbox defaultChecked />}
                label="Only published posts"

// in src/comments/CommentCreate.js
import { Create, ReferenceInput, SimpleForm, TextInput } from 'react-admin';
import { PostInput } from './PostInput';

export const CommentCreate = () => (
            <ReferenceInput source="post_id" reference="posts">
                <PostInput />
            <TextInput source="body" />

Return Value

The useChoicesContext hook returns an object with the following keys:

const {
    // fetched data
    allChoices, // an array of the choices records, e.g. [{ id: 123, title: 'hello world' }, { ... }], both available and selected. 
    availableChoices, // an array of the available choices records, e.g. [{ id: 123, title: 'hello world' }, { ... }],. 
    selectedChoices, // an array of the selected choices records, e.g. [{ id: 123, title: 'hello world' }, { ... }],. 
    total, // the total number of results for the current filters, excluding pagination. Useful to build the pagination controls, e.g. 23      
    isFetching, // boolean that is true while the data is being fetched, and false once the data is fetched
    isLoading, // boolean that is true until the data is available for the first time
    error, // Will contain any error that occurred while fetching data
    // pagination
    page, // the current page. Starts at 1
    perPage, // the number of results per page. Defaults to 25
    setPage, // a callback to change the page, e.g. setPage(3)
    setPerPage, // a callback to change the number of results per page, e.g. setPerPage(25)
    hasPreviousPage, // boolean, true if the current page is not the first one
    hasNextPage, // boolean, true if the current page is not the last one
    // sorting
    sort, // a sort object { field, order }, e.g. { field: 'date', order: 'DESC' }
    setSort, // a callback to change the sort, e.g. setSort({ field: 'name', orfer: 'ASC' })
    // filtering
    filter, // The permanent filter values, e.g. { title: 'lorem', nationality: 'fr' }
    filterValues, // a dictionary of filter values, e.g. { title: 'lorem', nationality: 'fr' }
    displayedFilters, // a dictionary of the displayed filters, e.g. { title: true, nationality: true }
    setFilters, // a callback to update the filters, e.g. setFilters(filters, displayedFilters)
    showFilter, // a callback to show one of the filters, e.g. showFilter('title', defaultValue)
    hideFilter, // a callback to hide one of the filters, e.g. hideFilter('title')
    // misc
    resource, // the resource name, deduced from the location. e.g. 'posts'
    refetch, // callback for fetching the list data again
    source, // the name of the field containing the currently selected record(s).
} = useChoicesContext();