Make a Dropdown with Search Box using jQuery

You already know that in HTML there is no search option in the dropdown element.

When you press any single key in the dropdown then it takes you to the option but not allows you to search whole or particular string.

Searching is required on the list when there is a long list of items are available.

It is time-consuming to find the option by scrolling the list.

In this tutorial, I show how you create a dropdown with search box using the select2 plugin and read the selected option.

Make a Dropdown with Search Box using jQuery


  1. Download and Include
  2. HTML
  3. jQuery
  4. Demo
  5. Conclusion

1. Download and Include

  • Download select2 library from GitHub.
  • Include select2.min.css and select2.min.js with jQuery library in <head> section.
<!-- Script -->
<script src=""></script>
<script src='select2/dist/js/select2.min.js' type='text/javascript'></script>

<!-- CSS -->
<link href='select2/dist/css/select2.min.css' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>


Create a dropdown element and added some options. Also created a button to read selected dropdown option and display in <div id='result'>.

Completed Code

<!-- Dropdown --> 
<select id='selUser' style='width: 200px;'>
  <option value='0'>Select User</option> 
  <option value='1'>Yogesh singh</option> 
  <option value='2'>Sonarika Bhadoria</option> 
  <option value='3'>Anil Singh</option> 
  <option value='4'>Vishal Sahu</option> 
  <option value='5'>Mayank Patidar</option> 
  <option value='6'>Vijay Mourya</option> 
  <option value='7'>Rakesh sahu</option> 

<input type='button' value='Seleted option' id='but_read'>

<div id='result'></div>

3. jQuery

Initialize select2() on <select id='selUser'> and define click event on button to read the selected option text and value.

Display the values in <div id='result'>.

Completed Code

  // Initialize select2

  // Read selected option
    var username = $('#selUser option:selected').text();
    var userid = $('#selUser').val();

    $('#result').html("id : " + userid + ", name : " + username);


4. Demo

Click on the Dropdown and search a value. Click on a button to display selected option.

5. Conclusion

I hope this tutorial, helps you to create dropdown element with search box using select2 plugin.

You can also populate data in select2 dropdown with AJAX.

I already have written a tutorial on this which you can view it here.

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  1. Mandaliya Jay said:

    How To Search Full String In PHP by using JavaScript Jquery Ajax Or PHP
    String1 is Nil Der Hiteshbhai
    String2 is jeet Rathod Himmatbhai
    I want My Search Button in DropDown Box
    If Am I Search Nil Der Than Ok But When am i Try to search Nil Hiteshbhai it Should not work so solve this query…….

    February 12, 2018
    • Yogesh Singh said:

      For this, you can explode the search string (Nil Hiteshbai) by space (‘ ‘) to get an Array.

      Array[0] = ‘Nil’;
      Array[1] = ‘Hiteshbai’;

      Loop on the array to create search query –
      SELECT * FROM `users` where name like ‘%Nil%’ or name like ‘%Hiteshbhai%’

      February 12, 2018

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