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How to fix select not rendering with Materialize CSS?

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If the <select> element is not rendering correctly with Materialize CSS, there could be several reasons for this issue.

Here are some common troubleshooting steps and potential fixes:

Ensure Materialize CSS is properly loaded

Make sure you have included the Materialize CSS file correctly in your HTML file. You should include both the CSS and JavaScript files. You can use a CDN or download the files and reference them locally.

<!-- CSS -->

<!-- JavaScript -->
<script src=""></script>

Initialize select elements

Materialize CSS requires you to initialize select elements using JavaScript. After the page has loaded, call the M.FormSelect.init() method to initialize all select elements.

  document.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", function () {
    var elems = document.querySelectorAll("select");
    var instances = M.FormSelect.init(elems);

Check for JavaScript errors

Open your browser’s developer tools (usually by pressing F12) and check the console for any JavaScript errors. Fixing these errors can often resolve rendering issues.

Inspect CSS styles

Use the browser’s developer tools to inspect the select element and see if any CSS styles are conflicting or overriding the Materialize CSS styles. Make sure there are no custom styles interfering with the rendering of select elements.

Check HTML markup

Ensure that your <select> element is properly structured and does not contain any syntax errors. Here’s an example of a correct <select> element with Materialize CSS classes:

<div class="input-field">
    <option value="" disabled selected>Choose your option</option>
    <option value="1">Option 1</option>
    <option value="2">Option 2</option>
    <option value="3">Option 3</option>
  <label>Materialize Select</label>

Update Materialize CSS

Ensure that you are using the latest version of Materialize CSS. Newer versions may include bug fixes and improvements that could resolve rendering issues.

By following these steps and ensuring that Materialize CSS is properly initialized and configured, you should be able to fix any rendering issues with select elements.

By John Au-Yeung

Web developer specializing in React, Vue, and front end development.

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