:selected Selector


selected selector

Description: Selects all elements that are selected.

  • version added: 1.0jQuery( ":selected" )

The :selected selector works for <option> elements. It does not work for checkboxes or radio inputs; use :checked for them.

Additional Notes:

  • Because :selected is a jQuery extension and not part of the CSS specification, queries using :selected cannot take advantage of the performance boost provided by the native DOM querySelectorAll() method. To achieve the best performance when using :selected to select elements, first select the elements using a pure CSS selector, then use .filter(":selected").

Example:

Attaches a change event to the select that gets the text for each selected option and writes them in the div. It then triggers the event for the initial text draw.

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<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>selected demo</title>
<style>
div {
color: red;
}
</style>
<script src="//code.jquery.com/jquery-1.10.2.js"></script>
</head>
<body>
<select name="garden" multiple="multiple">
<option>Flowers</option>
<option selected="selected">Shrubs</option>
<option>Trees</option>
<option selected="selected">Bushes</option>
<option>Grass</option>
<option>Dirt</option>
</select>
<div></div>
<script>
$( "select" )
.change(function() {
var str = "";
$( "select option:selected" ).each(function() {
str += $( this ).text() + " ";
});
$( "div" ).text( str );
})
.trigger( "change" );
</script>
</body>
</html>

Demo: