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jQuery - get selected option text and value from dropdown html select

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In this article, we would like to show you how to get selected option text and value from dropdown HTML select using jQuery.

1. Using option:selected

In jQuery, we can get the selected option from dropdown using option:selected.

// get value
var value = $('#my-dropdown-id option:selected').val();
// get text
var text = $('#my-dropdown-id option:selected').text();

 Interactive code example

// ONLINE-RUNNER:browser;

<!doctype html>
<html>
<head>
    <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.0.0/jquery.min.js"></script>
</head>
<body>
<select id="my-dropdown-id">
    <option value="1">Blue</option>
    <option value="2" selected>Green</option>
    <option value="3">Red</option>
    <option value="4">Yellow</option>
</select>
<script>

    $(document).ready(function() {

        var value = $('#my-dropdown-id option:selected').val();
        console.log("value: " + value); // green

        var text = $('#my-dropdown-id option:selected').text();
        console.log("text : " + text); // Green
    });

</script>
</body>
</html>

2. Using find

In jQuery, we can get the selected option from dropdown using find.

// get value
var value = $('#my-dropdown-id').find(":selected").val();
// get text
var text = $('#my-dropdown-id').find(":selected").text();	

Interactive code example

// ONLINE-RUNNER:browser;

<!doctype html>
<html>
<head>
    <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.0.0/jquery.min.js"></script>
</head>
<body>
<select id="my-dropdown-id">
    <option value="1">Blue</option>
    <option value="2" selected>Green</option>
    <option value="3">Red</option>
    <option value="4">Yellow</option>
</select>
<script>

    $(document).ready(function() {

        var value = $('#my-dropdown-id').find(":selected").val();
        console.log("value: " + value); // green

        var text = $('#my-dropdown-id').find(":selected").text();
        console.log("text : " + text); // Green
    });

</script>
</body>
</html>

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