Selecting dropdown element using Javascript or Jquery 3.44/5 (9)

By | May 4, 2016

Selecting a drop down can be achieved by several techniques using javascript or jquery. Let’s consider we have the following dropdown with few elements:

But first Let’s see how we can do it using javascript.

Using Javascript :

Method one: One of the easiest way to do it by using getElementById method of javascript:

Method Two: Using plain JavaScript this can be achieved by:


Using Jquery :

Method One: Using selectedIndex property of HTML:

You can select element in dropdown using selectedIndex property of HTML, here is how you can write it in order to select a particular option:

Method Two: Using .attr method of Jquery :

You can select elements of a dropdown using .attr() method of jQuery as follows:

In case of modern versions of jquery you must use the .prop() method instead of .attr() method:

If you want to select an option with a specific value Then you can use the following piece of code:

Method Three: using .val method of Jquery :

One of the easiest way is by using val(value) function of Jquery:

And in order to get the selected value of the dropdown you can use it without any arguments(keeping it emty):


This will return the selected element of the dropdown.

Also, you if you have <option value=”valueToSelect”>…</option> you can do:

Or You can also do it by using trigger method of Jquery :


Method Four: using nth-child() selector of Jquery:

You can also use nth-child() to eq() as it uses 1-based indexing rather than 0-based, The “1-based index” is the better option when manipulating things with dates.
Let’s consider i have given nth-child value 2, i.e. nth-child(2), this will select the 2nd element of the dropdown.


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    If you are using jQuery (1.6 or greater version) then you can use this also:

    $('#x option[value="5"]').prop('selected', true)

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