Learn JavaScript – How to Get a Select Value in a Dropdown List?

How to recover in JavaScript, the value of an option in a dropdown list? Before anything else, we must remember that we can retrieve different information from that option. Let´s take a look at the terminology used to name different things related to an option.

Consider the example below:

The above option has the following information:

  • Index = 0
  • Value = Hello
  • Text = Hello World


JavaScript – How to recover the value of a selected option in a dropdown list

Keeping in mind what we stated above, we know that we can recover the index, the value or text. If you have the example below:

When running the following code:

The return would be the value 2.

If we want to recover the text of the option selected, the following code can be used:

And the returned value would be test2.

JavaScript – Using jQuery

If you can use jQuery, this operation becomes simpler. The code to retrieve the value or text of the selected option can be created following the model below:

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I, Dr. Michael J. Garbade is the co-founder of the Education Ecosystem (aka LiveEdu), ex-Amazon, GE, Rebate Networks, Y-combinator. Python, Django, and DevOps Engineer. Serial Entrepreneur. Experienced in raising venture funding. I speak English and German as mother tongues. I have a Masters in Business Administration and Physics, and a Ph.D. in Venture Capital Financing. Currently, I am the Project Lead on the community project -Nationalcoronalvirus Hotline I write subject matter expert technical and business articles in leading blogs like Opensource.com, Dzone.com, Cybrary, Businessinsider, Entrepreneur.com, TechinAsia, Coindesk, and Cointelegraph. I am a frequent speaker and panelist at tech and blockchain conferences around the globe. I serve as a start-up mentor at Axel Springer Accelerator, NY Edtech Accelerator, Seedstars, and Learnlaunch Accelerator. I love hackathons and often serve as a technical judge on hackathon panels.