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How to Add Checkboxes Inside Select Options with JavaScript?

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Sometimes, we want to add checkboxes inside select options with JavaScript.

In this article, we’ll look at how to add checkboxes inside select options with JavaScript.

Add Checkboxes Inside Select Options with JavaScript

To add checkboxes inside select options with JavaScript, we can wrap our select drop down in a div and then add a div below the select element to show the drop-down choices.

For instance, we can write the following HTML:

<form>
  <div class="multiselect">
    <div class="selectBox">
      <select>
        <option>Select an option</option>
      </select>
      <div class="overSelect"></div>
    </div>
    <div id="checkboxes">
      <label for="one">
        <input type="checkbox" id="one" />First checkbox</label>
      <label for="two">
        <input type="checkbox" id="two" />Second checkbox</label>
      <label for="three">
        <input type="checkbox" id="three" />Third checkbox</label>
    </div>
  </div>
</form>

We add the select element with the div with ID checkboxes with the choices.

The input with type checkbox are the checkboxes.

Then we can add the following CSS to make the choices look like they’re part of the drop-down:

.multiselect {
  width: 200px;
}

.selectBox {
  position: relative;
}

.selectBox select {
  width: 100%;
  font-weight: bold;
}

.overSelect {
  position: absolute;
  left: 0;
  right: 0;
  top: 0;
  bottom: 0;
}

#checkboxes {
  display: none;
  border: 1px #dadada solid;
}

#checkboxes label {
  display: block;
}

#checkboxes label:hover {
  background-color: #1e90ff;
}

To do that, we div with ID overSelect absolute.

And we make the div with ID selectBox have relative position.

Also, we make the div with ID checkboxes hidden by setting the display property to none .

Finally, we add the following JavaScript code to toggle the div with ID checkboxes on and off:

let expanded = false;

const showCheckboxes = () => {
  const checkboxes = document.getElementById("checkboxes");
  if (!expanded) {
    checkboxes.style.display = "block";
    expanded = true;
  } else {
    checkboxes.style.display = "none";
    expanded = false;
  }
}

const selectBox = document.querySelector('.selectBox')
selectBox.addEventListener('click', showCheckboxes)

We add the expanded variable to track the display state of the checkbox.

And we get the div with ID checkboxes with document.getElementById .

If expanded is false , then we set display to 'block' .

Otherwise, we set display to 'none' .

We also update expanded accordingly in each case.

Finally, we get the div with class selectBox with document.querySelector , call addEventListener with 'click' to add a click listener to it, and use showCheckboxes as the click listener.

Now when we click on the select element, we should see the drop-down with the checkboxes that we created.

Conclusion

To add checkboxes inside select options with JavaScript, we can wrap our select drop down in a div and then add a div below the select element to show the drop-down choices.

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