jQuery - how to get selected option text from dropdown select

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There is more then 1 way to get selected option text from dropdown select using jQuery.

The most popular methods:

// method 1
var text = $('#my-dropdown-id option:selected').text();

// method 2
var text = $('#my-dropdown-id').find(":selected").text();

Code 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 text1 = $('#my-dropdown-id option:selected').text();
        console.log("text1: " + text1);

        var text2 = $('#my-dropdown-id').find(":selected").text();
        console.log("text2: " + text2);


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