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Johntk February 2016

Pass currently selected list item from bootstrap plugin selectpicker into JS

I'm new to JS, I'm trying to access a selected value from a select list using the selectpicker plugin from bootstrap.

Currently my code gives me the entire list rather than just the currently selected item.

<div class="form-group">
                <select class="selectpicker" name="applicationSelect">
                    <option value="1">app 1</option>
                    <option value="2">app 2</option>
                    <option value="3">app 3</option>

Then in my script.js file I have:

var appName = $('select[name=applicationSelect]').val(1).text();

The retrieved value will then be based onto an Ajax event, but I'm struggling to find a working example doing what I'm trying to do.

How do I retrieve only the currently selected item?


Lucas Rodriguez February 2016

This should do the trick:


If you specify val() with a parameter, you are actually setting the value. Without parameters, the method will just return the current value.

You can find more information here.

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