jQuery - get selected option value from dropdown select

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

Quick solution:

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


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


Practical example

// ONLINE-RUNNER:browser;

<!doctype html>
    <script src=""></script>
  <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>
    $(document).ready(function() {
        var value1 = $('#my-dropdown-id option:selected').val();
        console.log("value1: " + value1);

        var value2 = $('#my-dropdown-id').find(":selected").val();
        console.log("value2: " + value2);

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