Easy Select Plugin

One day I was asked to add a text input component with an ability to choose a value from fixed list. After searching the web, I found several jQuery plugins that was able to solve my needs and much more. But, those components required many dependencies and weighed so much for my simple need. So I decided to write my own plugin. Easy Select requires jQuery only and takes 3kb minified (before gzip).

Select a continent:

See another demo.

Getting Started

  1. Download the plugin from here.
  2. Add a reference to jquery.easy-select.js and easy-select.css in your page (located in /dist folder). You can use the minified version instead by using jquery.easy-select.min.js and easy-select.min.css.
  3. In order to use the plugin on text input element:

    Text input element
    <input type="text" class="my-input" />
    easy-select usage
        items: [
            1: 'Option 1',
            2: 'Option 2',
            3: 'Option 3'


Easy select has a few options:


Type: Array of objects
Default: []
Array of items for the select box.


Type: String
Default: id
The name of the attribute that represents the item id.


Type: String
Default: text
The name of the attribute that represents the item text.


Type: Function
Default: null
A callback function that triggered every time a new item gets selected.


Easy select has also a few useful methods. In order to use them you need to access the API object:

Accessing easy-select API object


In order to get the selectd text you can read the value of your text input. getValue() method returns the value (or id) of the selected item.

Usage example


setItems() method lets you change the items list during runtime. This method is useful when you want to load data asynchronously.

Usage example
$.get('url/to/data').done(function(items) {


destroy() method destroys the plugin by removing unnecessary elements and unbinding events.

Usage example


  1. Visit our git repository: https://github.com/naorye/easy-select
  2. Fork it!
  3. Create your feature branch: git checkout -b my-new-feature
  4. Make your changes on the src folder, never on the dist folder
  5. You can use grunt build and grunt preview commands in order to see your changes on the demo
  6. Commit your changes: git commit -m 'Add some feature'
  7. Push to the branch: git push origin my-new-feature
  8. Submit a pull request

I hope you will find a good use for it.