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How to get the text of the selected value of a dropdown list?


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jQuery get specific option tag text
How to get the text of the selected option of a select using jquery?

I have a dropdown list and I want to know the text of the selected item. For example:

<select>
    <option value="1">Volvo</option>
    <option value="2">Saab</option>
    <option value="3">Mercedes</option>
</select>

If I know the selected value, how can I get it's text value? For instance, if the value is 1 how can I get Volvo?

Help much appreciated.

2017/05/23
1
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5/23/2017 11:47:26 AM

Accepted Answer

You can use option:selected to get the chosen option of the select element, then the text() method:

$("select option:selected").text();

Here's an example:

console.log($("select option:selected").text());
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.2.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<select>
    <option value="1">Volvo</option>
    <option value="2" selected="selected">Saab</option>
    <option value="3">Mercedes</option>
</select>

2017/12/06
34
12/6/2017 8:34:14 AM


Hi if you are having dropdownlist like this

<select id="testID">
<option value="1">Value1</option>
<option value="2">Value2</option>
<option value="3">Value3</option>
<option value="4">Value4</option>
<option value="5">Value5</option>
<option value="6">Value6</option>
</select>
<input type="button" value="Get dropdown selected Value" onclick="getHTML();">

after giving id to dropdownlist you just need to add jquery code like this

function getHTML()
{
      var display=$('#testID option:selected').html();
      alert(display);
}
2012/05/02

The easiest way is through css3 $("select option:selected") and then use the .text() or .html() function. depending on what you want to have.

2012/05/02