How to Add Search Functionality in Dropdown List Using jQuery

In this tutorial i will let you know how to create dropdown list with Rich UI. Normally HTML provide simple SELECT element to create dropdown list.In this tutorial you will learn how to create dropdown list with search functionality with help of excellent 'chosen' jquery plugin, you can download chosen from Here.


Also checkout other tutorials of select2,

Simple Example of jQuery Searchable DropDown list Using Chosen

Step 1: First we will add library file of chosen plugin.


Here we have include chosen.css and chosen.js file with jQuery dependency.

Step 2: Now we will add HTMl drop-down list.

We have create simple HTMl option list and added class chzn-select.
Step 3: Finally call chosen library method to apply css and functionality on dropdown list.

We have applied chosen method on all select elements,You can apply on '#selectid' or '.ClassName'.

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Please feel free to send queries to me using below comment section.

  • Anuj Kumar

    hi, thanks for the tutorial, but i am not able to type anything in input field as you show in your example image. what to do now.

    • you need to set z-index value.

  • kuldeep


    i have download that but not get anu choosen.css and chosen.js file.
    while i run index.html under public fiolder it run but search functionality missing what i do.
    please help me……….


  • i am not sure but chosen may be hv width property.

  • Wali Ahmed

    Sir Thanks for this.. it really helped.. I just need your support to make it respnosive.. I have applied it to AdminLTE and the form is fully responsive except the Drop-down.. So please help

    • U can use lte theme select as well

      • Wali Ahmed

        I’m using AdminLTE theme’s select, but I’m using the CSS class provided by you, may be it is causing unresponsiveness.. I need you to please tell me how can I make it responsive. Thank you

        • remove my css and check, its responsive then add one by one css class and debug