Changing the selected option of an HTML Select element

In my HTML, I have a <select> with three <option> elements. I want to use jQuery to check each option's value against a Javascript var. If one matches, I want to set the selected attribute of that option. How would I do that?

Answers:

Answer

Vanilla JavaScript

Using plain old JavaScript:

var val = "Fish";
var sel = document.getElementById('sel');
document.getElementById('btn').onclick = function() {
  var opts = sel.options;
  for (var opt, j = 0; opt = opts[j]; j++) {
    if (opt.value == val) {
      sel.selectedIndex = j;
      break;
    }
  }
}
<select id="sel">
    <option>Cat</option>
    <option>Dog</option>
    <option>Fish</option>
</select>
<button id="btn">Select Fish</button>

jQuery

But if you really want to use jQuery:

var val = 'Fish';
$('#btn').on('click', function() {
  $('#sel').val(val);
});

var val = 'Fish';
$('#btn').on('click', function() {
  $('#sel').val(val);
});
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.11.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<select id="sel">
    <option>Cat</option>
    <option>Dog</option>
    <option>Fish</option>
</select>
<button id="btn">Select Fish</button>

jQuery - Using Value Attributes

In case your options have value attributes which differ from their text content and you want to select via text content:

<select id="sel">
    <option value="1">Cat</option>
    <option value="2">Dog</option>
    <option value="3">Fish</option>
</select>
<script>
    var val = 'Fish';
    $('#sel option:contains(' + val + ')').prop({selected: true});
</script>

Demo

But if you do have the above set up and want to select by value using jQuery, you can do as before:

var val = 3;
$('#sel').val(val);

Modern DOM

For the browsers that support document.querySelector and the HTMLOptionElement::selected property, this is a more succinct way of accomplishing this task:

var val = 3;    
document.querySelector('#sel [value="' + val + '"]').selected = true;

Demo

Knockout.js

<select data-bind="value: val">
    <option value="1">Cat</option>
    <option value="2">Dog</option>
    <option value="3">Fish</option>
</select>
<script>
    var viewModel = {
        val: ko.observable()
    };
    ko.applyBindings(viewModel);
    viewModel.val(3);
</script>

Demo

Polymer

<template id="template" is="dom-bind">
    <select value="{{ val }}">
        <option value="1">Cat</option>
        <option value="2">Dog</option>
        <option value="3">Fish</option>
    </select>
</template>
<script>
    template.val = 3;
</script>

Demo

Angular 2

Note: this has not been updated for the final stable release.

<app id="app">
    <select [value]="val">
        <option value="1">Cat</option>
        <option value="2">Dog</option>
        <option value="3">Fish</option>
    </select>
</app>
<script>
    var App = ng.Component({selector: 'app'})
        .View({template: app.innerHTML})
        .Class({constructor:  function() {}});

    ng.bootstrap(App).then(function(app) {
        app._hostComponent.instance.val = 3;
    });
</script>

Demo

Vue 2

<div id="app">
    <select v-model="val">
        <option value="1">Cat</option>
        <option value="2">Dog</option>
        <option value="3">Fish</option>
    </select>
</div>
<script>
    var app = new Vue({
        el: '#app',
        data: {
                val: null,
        },
        mounted: function() {
                this.val = 3;
        }
    });
</script>

Demo

Answer

None of the examples using jquery in here are actually correct as they will leave the select displaying the first entry even though value has been changed.

The right way to select Alaska and have the select show the right item as selected using:

<select id="state">
    <option value="AL">Alabama</option>
    <option value="AK">Alaska</option>
    <option value="AZ">Arizona</option>
</select>

With jquery would be:

$('#state').val('AK').change();
Answer

Markup

<select id="my_select">
    <option value="1">First</option>
    <option value="2">Second</option>
    <option value="3">Third</option>
</select>

jQuery

var my_value = 2;
$('#my_select option').each(function(){
    var $this = $(this); // cache this jQuery object to avoid overhead

    if ($this.val() == my_value) { // if this option's value is equal to our value
        $this.prop('selected', true); // select this option
        return false; // break the loop, no need to look further
    }
});

Demo

Answer

I want to change the select element's selected option's both value & textContent (what we see) to 'Mango'.

Simplest code that worked is below:

var newValue1 = 'Mango'

var selectElement = document.getElementById('myselectid');
selectElement.options[selectElement.selectedIndex].value = newValue1;
selectElement.options[selectElement.selectedIndex].textContent = newValue1;

Hope that helps someone. Best of luck.
Up vote if this helped you.

Answer

Excellent answers - here's the D3 version for anyone looking:

<select id="sel">
    <option>Cat</option>
    <option>Dog</option>
    <option>Fish</option>
</select>
<script>
    d3.select('#sel').property('value', 'Fish');
</script>
Answer

I used almost all of the answers posted here but not comfortable with that so i dig one step furter and found easy solution that fits my need and feel worth sharing with you guys.
Instead of iteration all over the options or using JQuery you can do using core JS in simple steps:

Example

<select id="org_list">
  <option value="23">IBM</option>
  <option value="33">DELL</option>
  <option value="25">SONY</option>
  <option value="29">HP</option>
</select>

So you must know the value of the option to select.

function selectOrganization(id){
    org_list=document.getElementById('org_list');
    org_list.selectedIndex=org_list.querySelector('option[value="'+id+'"]').index;
}

How to Use?

selectOrganization(25); //this will select SONY from option List

Your comments are welcome. :) AzmatHunzai.

Answer

I used this after updating a register and changed the state of request via ajax, then I do a query with the new state in the same script and put it in the select tag element new state to update the view.

var objSel = document.getElementById("selectObj");
objSel.selectedIndex = elementSelected;

I hope this is useful.

Answer

After a lot of searching I tried @kzh on select list where I only know option inner text not value attribute, this code based on select answer I used it to change select option according to current page urlon this format http://www.example.com/index.php?u=Steve

<select id="sel">
    <option>Joe</option>
    <option>Steve</option>
    <option>Jack</option>
</select>
<script>
    var val = window.location.href.split('u=')[1]; // to filter ?u= query 
    var sel = document.getElementById('sel');
    var opts = sel.options;
    for(var opt, j = 0; opt = opts[j]; j++) {
        // search are based on text inside option Attr
        if(opt.text == val) {
            sel.selectedIndex = j;
            break;
        }
    }
</script>

This will keeps url parameters shown as selected to make it more user friendly and the visitor knows what page or profile he is currently viewing .

Answer

Slightly neater Vanilla.JS version. Assuming you've already fixed nodeList missing .forEach():

NodeList.prototype.forEach = Array.prototype.forEach

Just:

var requiredValue = 'i-50332a31',   
  selectBox = document.querySelector('select')

selectBox.childNodes.forEach(function(element, index){
  if ( element.value === requiredValue ) {
    selectBox.selectedIndex = index
  }
})
Answer

You can change the value of the select element, which changes the selected option to the one with that value, using JavaScript:

document.getElementById('sel').value = 'bike';??????????

DEMO

Answer

Test this Demo

  1. Selecting Option based on its value

    var vals = [2,'c'];
    
    $('option').each(function(){
       var $t = $(this);
    
       for (var n=vals.length; n--; )
          if ($t.val() == vals[n]){
             $t.prop('selected', true);
             return;
          }
    });
    
  2. Selecting Option based on its text

    var vals = ['Two','CCC'];                   // what we're looking for is different
    
    $('option').each(function(){
       var $t = $(this);
    
       for (var n=vals.length; n--; )
          if ($t.text() == vals[n]){            // method used is different
             $t.prop('selected', true);
             return;
          }
    });
    

Supporting HTML

<select>
   <option value=""></option>
   <option value="1">One</option>
   <option value="2">Two</option>
   <option value="3">Three</option>
</select>

<select>
   <option value=""></option>
   <option value="a">AAA</option>
   <option value="b">BBB</option>
   <option value="c">CCC</option>
</select>

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