10 Best Dropdown Plugins To Replace The Native Select Box

by jQueryScript,

The native <select> element let's developers create a basic dropdown component for a list of preset options such as lists, menu items, etc.

With the development of web technology and the improvement of users' aesthetic level.

The original styling of the <select> element is might NOT suitable for modern web development and design.

Applying your own styles to the ugly select element is not a simple task for beginners.

This is why I listed here the 10 best JavaScript and/or jQuery plugins that help you create advanced, customizable dropdown lists and dropdown menus to replace the native select box without any CSS/HTML/JS skills. Have fun.

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jQuery Dropdown Plugins:

jQuery Plugin For Custom Tags Input and Select Box - selectize.js

selectize.js is a useful and lightweight plugin for creating solid and user-friendly tags input field and select list with clean and powerful APIs & Codes.

jQuery Plugin For Custom Tags Input and Select Box - selectize.js

[Demo] [Download]


Select Boxes Replacement Plugin For jQuery - Select2

Select2 is a JavaScript based select box replacement to create dynamic, AJAX-enabled, customizable dropdown select on the web app.

Select Boxes Replacement Plugin For jQuery - Select2

[Demo] [Download]


User-Friendly Select Box Plugin For jQuery - Chosen

Chosen is one of the most popular select box replacement plugins that make your select element much more user-friendly.

User-Friendly Select Box Plugin For jQuery - Chosen

[Demo] [Download]


Animated & Cross-Device jQuery Select Box Replacement - sumoselect

sumoselect is a jQuery select replacement plugin which turns the native select box into a responsive, animated, fully customizable dropdown select list.

Animated & Cross-Device jQuery Select Box Replacement - sumoselect

[Demo] [Download]


Customizable jQuery Select Box Replacement Plugin - wSelect

wSelect is a fast and lightweight jQuery plugin which turns the default html select elements into customizable and clean looking select boxes with some themes and options.

Customizable jQuery Select Box Replacement Plugin - wSelect

[Demo] [Download]


Vanilla JavaScript Dropdown Plugins:

Filterable Select Box In Pure JavaScript – Asterism Custom Select

The Asterism Custom Select JavaScript library allows to create custom select boxes with item filtering support. By default, the Asterism Custom Select automatically add a filter search input to the select box when the number of options are larger than 7.

Filterable Select Box In Pure JavaScript – Asterism Custom Select

[Demo] [Download]


Elegant Select Element Replacement In Pure JavaScript – vanilla-select

vanilla-select is a pure vanilla JavaScript plugin used for rendering a dynamic, searchable dropdown list/menu to replace the native select box.

Elegant Select Element Replacement In Pure JavaScript – vanilla-select

[Demo] [Download]


Mobile-friendly Select Box Replacement – Justselect

Justselect.js is a JavaScript library to create mobile-friendly select boxes that are fully customizable via CSS.

Mobile-friendly Select Box Replacement – Justselect

[Demo] [Download]


Custom Dropdown Select In Pure JavaScript – custom-select

custom-select is small and dependency-free JavaScript library helps you create custom, animated dropdown list from the native select element.

Custom Dropdown Select In Pure JavaScript – custom-select

[Demo] [Download]


Convenient Select List Enhancement – Selector

A minimal, pure JavaScript plugin that transforms the regular select element into a beautiful, convenient, searchable/filterable dropdown list.

Convenient Select List Enhancement – Selector

[Demo] [Download]


Conclusion:

Want more jQuery plugins or JavaScript libraries to create awesome Dropdowns on the web & mobile? Check out the jQuery Drop Down and JavaScript Dropdown sections.