Converts Select Multiple Items Into Dropdown Lists With Checkboxes

jquery-multi-select is to convert <select multiple> elements into dropdown lists with a checkbox for each <option> and this plugin converts a regular multi-selection box into an easy-to-use dropdown menu with checkboxes to simplify selecting multiple options.

More advantages:

  • Supports optgroup and classes.
  • Custom patterns.
  • Allows you to select options from media.

Read More – [Zepto] A Simple and Fully Accessible Checkboxes and Radio Buttons | icheck

How to make use of it:

1. Add the multi-select.js script to the webpage.

<script src="/path/to/cdn/jquery.slim.min.js"></script>
<script src="/path/to/src/jquery.multi-select.js"></script>

2. Let’s say you have a multi-select listing like this:

<select id="languages" name="languages" multiple>
  <option value="JavaScript">JavaScript</option>
  <option value="C++">C++</option>
  <option value="Python">Python</option>
  <option value="Ruby">Ruby</option>
  <option value="PHO">PHP</option>
  <option value="Pascal">Pascal</option>

3. Call .multiSelect() on the chosen ingredient and we’re accomplished.


4. Style the plugin within the CSS as follows:

.multi-select-container {
  display: inline-block;
  position: relative;

.multi-select-menu {
  position: absolute;
  left: 0;
  top: 0.8em;
  float: left;
  min-width: 100%;
  background: #fff;
  margin: 1em 0;
  padding: 0.4em 0;
  border: 1px solid #aaa;
  box-shadow: 0 1px 3px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2);
  display: none;

.multi-select-menu input {
  margin-right: 0.3em;
  vertical-align: 0.1em;

.multi-select-button {
  display: inline-block;
  font-size: 0.875em;
  padding: 0.2em 0.6em;
  max-width: 20em;
  white-space: nowrap;
  overflow: hidden;
  text-overflow: ellipsis;
  vertical-align: -0.5em;
  background-color: #fff;
  border: 1px solid #aaa;
  border-radius: 4px;
  box-shadow: 0 1px 3px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2);
  cursor: default;

.multi-select-button:after {
  content: "";
  display: inline-block;
  width: 0;
  height: 0;
  border-style: solid;
  border-width: 0.4em 0.4em 0 0.4em;
  border-color: #999 transparent transparent transparent;
  margin-left: 0.4em;
  vertical-align: 0.1em;

.multi-select-container--open .multi-select-menu { display: block; }

.multi-select-container--open .multi-select-button:after {
  border-width: 0 0.4em 0.4em 0.4em;
  border-color: transparent transparent #999 transparent;

Read More – jQuery Check All Checkboxes Plugin | checkAll.js

5. Possible plugin choices with default values.


  // Custom templates
  'containerHTML': '<div class="multi-select-container">',
  'menuHTML': '<div class="multi-select-menu">',
  'buttonHTML': '<span class="multi-select-button">',
  'menuItemsHTML': '<div class="multi-select-menuitems">',
  'menuItemHTML': '<label class="multi-select-menuitem">',
  'presetsHTML': '<div class="multi-select-presets">',

  // sets some HTML (eg: <div class="multi-select-modal">) to enable the modal overlay.
  'modalHTML': undefined,

  // Active CSS class
  'activeClass': 'multi-select-container--open',

  // Text to show when no option is selected
  'noneText': '-- Select --',

  // Text to show when all options are selected
  'allText': undefined,

  // an array of preset option groups
  // presets: [{
  //   name: 'All categories',
  //   all: true // select all
  // },{
  //   name: 'My categories',
  //   options: ['a', 'c']
  // }]
  'presets': undefined,

  // CSS class added to the container, when the menu is about to extend beyond the right edge of the position Within element
  'positionedMenuClass': 'multi-select-container--positioned',

  // If you provide a jQuery object here, the plugin will add a class (see positionedMenuClass option) to the container when the right edge of the dropdown menu is about to extend outside the specified element, giving you the opportunity to use CSS to prevent the menu extending, for example, by allowing the option labels to wrap onto multiple lines.
  'positionMenuWithin': undefined,

  // The plugin will attempt to keep this distance, in pixels, clear between the bottom of the menu and the bottom of the viewport, by setting a fixed height style if the menu would otherwise approach this distance from the bottom edge of the viewport.
  'viewportBottomGutter': 20,

  // minimal height
  'menuMinHeight': 200

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