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For Blackbaud Internal Use Only

The omnibar component and omnibar service are not currently available for third-party custom applications.

The omnibar component provides a wrapper for the omnibar service and omnibar widget. The omnibar features asynchronously loaded UI elements and integrates with user accounts to allow users to sign in and out, manage their accounts, and access purchased products.

Note: You can implement the omnibar with the bb-omnibar directive or as a native JavaScript component outside of SKY UX. This SKY UX tab describes the bb-omnibar directive, and the Standalone tab describes additional steps for a native JavaScript component.

Omnibar Placement

The omnibar automatically docks at the top of the page, so it is important to leave enough space to prevent the omnibar from overlaying important page content. To help create space, the omnibar automatically loads the bb-omnibar-height-padding and bb-omnibar-height-margin CSS classes. These classes set padding-top and margin-top, respectively, to the height that the omnibar requires and ensures that if the omnibar height changes, then the page adjusts automatically.

You should add one of these classes to the page's body element or to the wrapping DOM element that the page uses. Do not include both classes because that creates twice as much space as necessary. However, both classes are provided to account for any scenarios where it is important to specify whether to provide the space through padding or margin.

CSS z-index

To avoid z-index issues, place the bb-omnibar directive at the bottom of the page to load it after other elements. This allows the omnibar and its flyouts to sit on top of the existing page. If the page includes dynamic content or you cannot load the omnibar last, then z-index issues may occur. In that scenario, you should create an omnibar div element and style it to ensure an appropriate z-index to resolve this.

Mobile Meta Tag

To create a pleasant the user experience for screen sizes that do not have space for multiple flyouts, the omnibar automatically renders differently at different media breakpoints. To optimize how the omnibar works at smaller screen sizes, include the following meta tag in the page's head element.

To specify the menu items for the omnibar's dropdown menu on smaller screens, use the bb-omnibar-menuproperty within thebb-omnibar` element.

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no">

bbOmnibarConfig Settings

  • afterLoad — Specifies a function to be called after the omnibar loads. This is useful when binding events to the omnibar's search box.
  • appLookupUrl — Specifies the URL for the application lookup service that provides database and product links for the current user. The default is the URL for the production instance.
  • contentKey — Specifies the content key for the omnibar to use when redirecting users to the authentication service.
  • enableHelp — Indicates whether to display a help button in the omnibar. Use this setting in conjunction with the bbHelp component.
  • enableSearch — Indicates whether to display a search box in the omnibar. You must still handle binding to the UI events for the search box.
  • productId — Specifies an ID for a product that is registered with the omnibar service in order to display that product's logo in the omnibar header. This property is for internal Blackaud use only. For products that are not registered with the omnibar or to display text in place of a product logo, use the serviceName property instead.
  • searchPlaceholder — Specifies placeholder text to display in the search box.
  • serviceName — Specifies text to display in the omnibar header. This property is an alternative to the productId property that displays product logos for registered products only.
  • signInUrl — Specifies where to redirect users after they sign in. The valid target domains include:
    • blackbaud.com
    • blackbaud-dev.com
    • blackbaud-test.com
  • signOutUrl — Specifies where to redirect users after they sign out. The valid target domains include:
    • blackbaud.com
    • blackbaud-dev.com
    • blackbaud-test.com
  • tenantId — When a user has access to multiple databases for a product, the omnibar may show the current database name to provide context. If this database is well-known from the application lookup service, then providing the omnibar with the current tenant ID will let it match up the current context with that well-known link and know what database name to show. Alternatively, if the tenant ID cannot be matched or is not provided, the omnibar can be provided with a database name directly and it may display that.
  • url — Specifies the URL for the omnibar service JavaScript widget.
  • userLoaded — Specifies a function to be called after loading the current user profile. The function is passed a user object that contains the following properties:
    • id — The user ID for the authentication service. If the user is not logged in, this property is null.
    • emailAddress — The user's email address. If the user is not logged in, this property is null.
    • firstName — The user's first name. If the first name is unknown, the property may be null.
    • lastName — The user's last name. If the last name is unknown, the property may be null.


      <ul class="bb-omnibar-productmenu">
          <a href="#">Menu Item 1</a>
          <a href="#">Menu Item 2</a>


angular.module(`skyux-demo`, [])
  .constant(`bbOmnibarConfig`, {
      enableHelp: false,
      enableSearch: true,
      searchPlaceholder: 'Search',
      serviceName: 'Sky',
      afterLoad: function () {
          // Omnibar loaded
      userLoaded: function (user) {
          // user.id
          // user.firstName
          // user.lastName
          // user.emailAddress

In addition to creating the omnibar with the bb-omnibar directive, you can also create it as a native JavaScript component. All the information about the bb-omnibar directive applies to the native JavaScript component, and the following sections provide additional information.

Required JavaScript Libraries

The omnibar depends on several third-party JavaScript libraries. To include the omnibar on your site, you must first include jQuery and easyXDM. The omnibar also automatically includes “json2” if your site does not already include it.

Omnibar JavaScript File

After the JavaScript library prerequisites are in place, you include an omnibar.js file on the page to handle caching and versioning so that the URL does not need to change to receive updates to the omnibar.

The omnibar JavaScript file automatically loads special CSS content to style the omnibar. The omnibar automatically docks at the top of the page and floats there when users scroll down.

Omnibar Placeholder Element

After you load the omnibar JavaScript file, you need a few lines of HTML on the page to create a placeholder element for the omnibar and some JavaScript to initialize the omnibar. Create an empty div element to hold the omnibar, and then execute the script function BBAUTH.Omnibar.load to initialize the omnibar. The first parameter to the function is the DOM element that holds the omnibar. The second parameter is an object that defines options for the omnibar. The most important option is serviceName, which allows you to specify text to display in the omnibar header.

<div id="omnibar"></div>
BBAUTH.Omnibar.load(document.getElementById("omnibar"), { serviceName: "Omnibar Test Page" });

Refresh User Data

The omnibar caches information about users such as name, email, and product and database links. The omnibar caches these items on the client for the duration of the authentication session. Users can log out and log back in to update this information in the omnibar.

Alternatively, the product can call a well-known JavaScript function to prompt the omnibar to refresh data without waiting for users to log out and log back in.

BBAUTH.Omnibar.refreshUserData(successCallback, failureCallback);

Sample Site

The following HTML code sample demonstrates a page that implements each step to include the omnibar as a native JavaScript component.

<!DOCTYPE html>

  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no">
  <script src="//cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.0/jquery.js"></script>
  <script type="text/javascript" src="//cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/easyXDM/"></script>
  <script src="//signin.blackbaud.com/Omnibar.min.js"></script>

<body class="bb-omnibar-height-padding">

  <div style="height: 1500px;">Including some height to demonstrate scrolling.</div>
  <div id="omnibar"></div>

BBAUTH.Omnibar.load(document.getElementById("omnibar"), {
  serviceName: "Omnibar Test Page"