Bootstrap Dropdown Select Enhancement Plugin With jQuery

Bootstrap Dropdown Select Enhancement Plugin With jQuery
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Bootstrap Select is a jQuery plugin for creating dropdown lists and menus using Bootstrap dropdown component that features live search, multiple selection, custom styling, select/deselect all and much more.

Bootstrap 4 Version is Now AVAILABLE.

Available extension:

Install the Bootstrap Select via Package managers:

npm install bootstrap-select

# Bower
bower install bootstrap-select

How to use it:

1. Import the Bootstrap Select plugin into your Bootstrap project. Note that the JavaScript file bootstrap-select.min.js must be included after jQuery library.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="bootstrap-select.min.css">
<script src="bootstrap-select.min.js"></script>

2. Add the CSS class 'selectpicker' to your existing select element as this:

<select id="basic" class="selectpicker form-control">
  <option data-subtext="option subtext">bull</option>
  <option class="get-class" disabled>ox</option>
  <optgroup label="test" data-subtext="optgroup subtext">
    <option selected>Bla</option>

3. Call the function to initialize the plugin with default options.

  // options here

4. All possible plugin options to customize the dropdown select.


  // text for no selection
  noneSelectedText: 'Nothing selected',

  // text for no result
  noneResultsText: 'No results matched {0}',

  // Sets the format for the text displayed when selectedTextFormat is count or count > #. {0} is the selected amount. {1} is total available for selection.
  // When set to a function, the first parameter is the number of selected options, and the second is the total number of options. 
  // The function must return a string.
  countSelectedText: function (numSelected, numTotal) {
    return (numSelected == 1) ? "{0} item selected" : "{0} items selected";

  // The text that is displayed when maxOptions is enabled and the maximum number of options for the given scenario have been selected.
  // If a function is used, it must return an array. array[0] is the text used when maxOptions is applied to the entire select element. array[1] is the text used when maxOptions is used on an optgroup. 
  // If a string is used, the same text is used for both the element and the optgroup.
  maxOptionsText: function (numAll, numGroup) {
    return [
      (numAll == 1) ? 'Limit reached ({n} item max)' : 'Limit reached ({n} items max)',
      (numGroup == 1) ? 'Group limit reached ({n} item max)' : 'Group limit reached ({n} items max)'

  // Text for Select All button
  selectAllText: 'Select All',

  // Text for Deselect All button
  deselectAllText: 'Deselect All',

  // Shows done button
  doneButton: false,

  // Text for done button
  doneButtonText: 'Close',

  // custom separator
  multipleSeparator: ', ',

  // button styles
  styleBase: 'btn',
  style: 'btn-default',

  // dropdown size
  size: 'auto',

  // dropdown title
  title: null,

  // 'values' | 'static' | 'count' | 'count > x'
  selectedTextFormat: 'values',

  // dropdown width
  width: false,

  // e.g., container: 'body' | '.main-body'
  container: false,

  // hide disabled options
  hideDisabled: false,

  // shows sub text
  showSubtext: false,

  // shows icon
  showIcon: true,

  // shows content
  showContent: true,

  // auto dropup
  dropupAuto: true,

  // shows dropdown header
  header: false,

  // live search options
  liveSearch: false,
  liveSearchPlaceholder: null,
  liveSearchNormalize: false,
  liveSearchStyle: 'contains',

  // enables Select All / Deselect All box
  actionsBox: false,

  // icons
  iconBase: 'glyphicon',
  tickIcon: 'glyphicon-ok',

  // shows checkmark on selected option
  showTick: false,

  // custom template
  template: {
    caret: '<span class="caret"></span>'

  // string | array | function
  maxOptions: false,

  // enables the device's native menu for select menus
  mobile: false,

  // treats the tab character like the enter or space characters within the selectpicker dropdown.
  selectOnTab: false,

  // Align the menu to the right instead of the left.
  dropdownAlignRight: false,

  // e.g. [top, right, bottom, left]
  windowPadding: 0

5. Events available.

$('.selectpicker').on('', function (e) {
  // on show

$('.selectpicker').on('', function (e) {
  // on shown

$('.selectpicker').on('', function (e) {
  // on hide

$('.selectpicker').on('', function (e) {
  // do hidden

$('.selectpicker').on('', function (e) {
  // on loaded

$('.selectpicker').on('', function (e) {
  // on rendered

$('.selectpicker').on('', function (e) {
  // on refreshed

$('.selectpicker').on('', function (e) {
  // on changed

6. API methods.

// Sets the selected value
$('.selectpicker').selectpicker('val', 'JQuery');
$('.selectpicker').selectpicker('val', ['jQuery','Script']);

// Selects all items

// Clears all

// Re-render

// Enables mobile scrolling
if( /Android|webOS|iPhone|iPad|iPod|BlackBerry/i.test(navigator.userAgent) ) {

// Sets styles
// Replace Class
$('.selectpicker').selectpicker('setStyle', 'btn-danger');
// Add Class
$('.selectpicker').selectpicker('setStyle', 'btn-large', 'add');
// Remove Class
$('.selectpicker').selectpicker('setStyle', 'btn-large', 'remove');

// Refreshes

// Toggles the drop down list

// Hides the drop down list

// Shows the drop down list

// Destroys the drop down list


v1.12.4 (2018-08-20)

  • Bugfixed: Event creation throws illegal constructor error on stock Android Browser < 5.0
  • Bugfixed: Bootstrap-select steals focus on form.checkValidity

v1.12.3 (2017-07-07)

  • Add selectAllText and deselectAllText to translation files (used Google Translate)
  • Keydown improvements
  • Fixed htmlEscape inline style
  • Livesearch performance
  • Add/update various translations

This awesome jQuery plugin is developed by silviomoreto. For more Advanced Usages, please check the demo page or visit the official website.