DropDown with Search using jQuery

by Vincy. Last modified on July 12th, 2022.

Search is a useful feature for an HTML drop-down list. Especially it will increase user convenience to select items from the drop-down having a long list. In this tutorial, we are going to list country dropdowns with a search option. In a previous tutorial, we have seen countries and its dependent dropdown list.

In this tutorial, we are having a list of items in a Javascript array. We are using the jQuery select2 library to supply these list and to display the dropdown with a search.

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jQuery Dropdown with Search

This code contains an HTML select element referred by its id. With this id reference, it invokes the select2 function to show this dropdown list with a search box.


While invoking this function we are passing an array of a country list to the target dropdown element.

		<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-2.1.1.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
		<link href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/select2/4.0.1/css/select2.min.css" rel="stylesheet" />
		<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/select2/4.0.1/js/select2.min.js"></script>
		<script type="text/javascript">
			$(document).ready(function() {
				var country = ["Australia", "Bangladesh", "Denmark", "Hong Kong", "Indonesia", "Netherlands", "New Zealand", "South Africa"];
				  data: country
		<h1>DropDown with Search using jQuery</h1>
			<select id="country" style="width:300px;">
			<!-- Dropdown List Option -->

We can also pass remote data to the dropdown from the database or any other data source dynamically. There are many options to provide drop-down list search with added features.

For example, we can control the minimum number of input characters we have to type for start searching.

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Written by Vincy, a web developer with 15+ years of experience and a Masters degree in Computer Science. She specializes in building modern, lightweight websites using PHP, JavaScript, React, and related technologies. Phppot helps you in mastering web development through over a decade of publishing quality tutorials.

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