How To Set Select Option Value Dynamically in jQuery

Parvez Alam
2 min readSep 8


This post will discuss setting the select option dynamically using jQuery. We’ll create a dropdown using HTML and add an option value dynamically using jQuery.The jQuery .val() method will be used to add value options.

We’ll also let you know how to create a dropdown list dynamically using jQuery.

jQuery is a popular JavaScript library that has many inbuilt methods to modify DOM, It also simplifies the process of manipulating and updating select box options dynamically. I

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In this article, we’ll explore how to set select option values dynamically in jQuery. Using jQuery, we’ll create a country select box and select US as an option in the select element.

Create HTML Select Element

Let’s create a country name select box using html. A select box is defined using the element and contains multiple elements within it. Each element represents a choice that users can select. The sample select box example:

<select id="country"> <option value="IN">India</option> <option value="US">United States</option> <option value="NZ">New Zealand</option> </select>

Dynamicall Create Dropdown List using jQuery

We can also create a dropdown list dynamically using jQuery. Here, I’ll show you how to dynamically create a dropdown list based on an array of countries.

// define countries array var countries = [ { code: 'IN', name: 'India' }, { code: 'US', name: 'United States' }, { code: 'NZ', name: 'New Zealand' }, ]; // Function to populate the dropdown with dynamic options function populateDropdown() { var select = $('#country'); // Loop through the countries array and add options $.each(countries, function(index, country) { select.append($('<option>', { value: country.code, text: })); }); } // Call the populateDropdown function to add dynamic options populateDropdown();

We have defined an array called countries, After that created a function called populateDropdown to add options to the dropdown dynamically.

Setting Select Option Value Dynamically:

Now, We’ll select “US” value dynamically in HTML selection using the .val() method. This method allows you to change the selected option based on the condition.

var country = $('#country'); country.val('US');

Line 1: You need to select the element you want to manipulate. This can be achieved by targeting the element’s id.

Line 2: Let’s set the select box to choose “US” by providing its value ( ‘US’) as an argument to the .val() method.

Dynamic Value Setting in jQuery

You can also set the select option value dynamically based on conditions in your JavaScript code.

var country = $('#country'); var newValue = 'NZ'; if(country_name == 'New Zealand") country.val(newValue);


We have learned to select the element using jQuery and selector(like id). You can easily change the selected option based on your requirements using the .val() method.

Originally published at on September 8, 2023.



Parvez Alam

Hey, I am Parvez Alam. A software developer since 2009. I love learning and sharing knowledge.