jQuery Plugin For Multi-Select Checboxes - multiselect

File Size: 17.7 KB
Views Total: 39121
Last Update:
Publish Date:
Official Website: Go to website
License: MIT
jQuery Plugin For Multi-Select Checboxes - multiselect

A highly customizable and user-friendly jQuery plugin which allows you to select multiple options with checkboxes.


  • Converts multi-select options into checkboxes.
  • Allows to check/uncheck a group of checkboxes via a master checkbox.
  • Provides a search box to filter the options.

See also:

How to use it:

1. Load the required jquery.multiselect.css in the head of the document.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="css/jquery.multiselect.css">

2. Create a multiple select box as follows.

  <select name="users_list" id="users_list" multiple="multiple" size="15">
    <optgroup label="Category 1">
    <option value="a1">Options 1</option>
    <option value="a2">Options 2</option>
    <option value="a3">Options 3</option>
    <optgroup label="Category 2">
    <option value="b1">Options 1</option>
    <option value="b2">Options 2</option>
    <option value="b3">Options 3</option>

3. Include jQuery library and the JQuery multiselect plugin at the end of the document.

<script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.11.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="js/jquery.multiselect.js"></script> 

4. Initialize the plugin with default options.

$users_list = $('#users_list');

5. Available options.

addScrollBar: true,
addSearchBox: true,
addActionBox: true,
animateSearch: false, // Can be 'normal', 'slow', 'fast', or int number
searchBoxText: 'Type here to search list...',
showCheckboxes: true,
showSelectedItems: false,

// Use false when you need to use original name attribute, or use
// true if you want to overwrite original name attribute with id; Very
// important for Ruby on Rails support to use original name attribute!
overwriteName: false, 

// This one allows compatibility with languages that use arrays
// to process the form data, such as PHP. Set to false if using
// ColdFusion or anything else with a list-based approach.
submitDataAsArray: true, 

// When this is true (default) the ID of the select box is
// submitted to the server as the variable containing the checked
// items. Set to false to use the "name" attribute instead (this makes
// it compatible with Drupal's Views module and Ruby on Rails.)
preferIdOverName: true,  

// If you want to limit the number of items a user can select in a
// checklist, set this to a positive integer.
maxNumOfSelections: -1,  
// This function gets executed whenever you go over the max number of allowable selections.
onMaxNumExceeded: function() { 
    alert('You cannot select more than '+this.maxNumOfSelections+' items in this list.');

initSelection: $.noop(),

// In case of name conflicts, you can change the class names to whatever you want to use.
cssContainer: 'checklistContainer',
cssChecklist: 'checklist',
cssChecklistHighlighted : 'checklistHighlighted',
cssLeaveRoomForCheckbox : 'leaveRoomForCheckbox', // For label elements
cssEven: 'even',
cssOdd: 'odd',
cssChecked: 'checked',
cssDisabled: 'disabled',
cssShowSelectedItems: 'showSelectedItems',
cssFocused: 'focused', // This cssFocused is for the li's in the checklist
cssFindInList: 'findInList',
cssBlurred: 'blurred', // This cssBlurred is for the findInList divs.
cssOptgroup: 'optgroup',

listWidth: 0,    // force the list width, if 0 the original SELECT width is used

// 0   : each item will be large as the list (single column)
// > 0 : each item will have a fixed size, so we could split
//       list into more than one column
// WARNING: vertical scroll bar width must be taken into account
// listWidth=200, itemWidth=50 DOES NOT GIVE a 4 columns list
// if list scroll bar is visible
itemWidth: 0     

Change log:


  • Fixed Minor bugs

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