How to Add Option in Selection List using JavaScript

How to Add Option in Selection List using JavaScript


In this tutorial we will create a How to Add Option in Selection List using JavaScript. This tutorial purpose is to teach how to add new options into html select tag. This will cover all the important functions that provide the basic of adding an option. I will provide a sample program to show the actual coding of this tutorial.

This tutorial is simple and easy to understand just follow the instruction I provided and you can do it without a problem. This program can be use to any kind of system if you want to add another in a select tag dynamically. I will give my best to provide you the easiest way of creating this program Adding option in Select Tag. So let's do the coding.

Before we get started:

This is the link for the template that i used for the layout design

Creating The Interface

This is where we will create a simple interface for our application. This code will display a form select element and button. To create this simply copy and write it into your text editor, then save it as index.html.
  1. <!DOCTYPE html>
  2. <html lang="en">
  3. <head>
  4. <meta charset="UTF-8" name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1"/>
  5. <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/bootstrap.css"/>
  6. </head>
  7. <nav class="navbar navbar-default">
  8. <div class="container-fluid">
  9. <a class="navbar-brand" href="">Sourcecodester</a>
  10. </div>
  11. </nav>
  12. <div class="col-md-3"></div>
  13. <div class="col-md-6 well">
  14. <h3 class="text-primary">How to Add Option in Selection List using JavaScript</h3>
  15. <hr style="border-top:1px dotted #ccc;"/>
  16. <div class="col-md-4">
  17. <div class="form-group">
  18. <label>Enter a movie name</label>
  19. <input type="text" id="option" class="form-control"/>
  20. <br />
  21. <button type="button" class="btn btn-success btn-block" onclick="addSelectList()"><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-plus"></span> Add</button>
  22. </div>
  23. </div>
  24. <div class="col-md-4"></div>
  25. <div class="col-md-4">
  26. <div class="form-group">
  27. <h4>My Movie List</h4>
  28. <select id="select" class="form-control">
  29. <option value="">Choose an option</option>
  30. </select>
  31. </div>
  32. </div>
  33. </div>
  34. <script src="script.js"></script>
  35. </body>
  36. </html>

Creating JavaScript Function

This is where the main function of the application is. This code will let you dynamically add new options into select list tag. To do this just copy and write these block of codes inside the text editor and save it as script.js.
  1. function addSelectList(){
  2. let select = document.getElementById('select');
  3. let option = document.getElementById('option');
  5. if(option.value == ""){
  6. alert("Required Field!");
  7. }else{
  8. let newOption = document.createElement("option");
  9. let newOptionValue = document.createTextNode(option.value);
  11. newOption.appendChild(newOptionValue);
  12. select.insertBefore(newOption, select.lastChildNode);
  14. option.value = "";
  15. select.value = "";
  16. }
  17. }

In the code we will create a method called addSelectList(), this will be the only function we will needed to add options. In the first line of code inside the method we will create two variables, this two will only bind a selection element. Next we will add a conditional statement that will only prevent you to add a null value, otherwise it will continue to run the code.

In the next couple of code we create a variable that will create a new element called newOption, this will act a the parent node. Next is we create a variable that will set the value of the child element called newOptionValue. Within this two variable we just only append the child element value into the parent element in order to add new option in the select tag.


The How to Add Option in Selection List using JavaScript source code that I provide can be download below. Please kindly click the download button.

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