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The JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown is a quick replacement for the HTML select tag for selecting multiple values. HTML MultiSelect Dropdown is a textbox control that allows the user to type or select multiple values from a list of predefined options. It has several out-of-the-box features such as data binding, filtering, grouping, tagging with custom values, and checkbox mode.

Data binding

You can bind data from a variety of data sources like an array of primitive data, JSON data collections, or a remote data source using various kinds of adaptors such as OData, OData V4, URL, JSON, and Web API. This uses JavaScript data manager to manage data and has customization option for data request and processing.

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown with data binding

Render modes

Various render modes are available to visualize selected items.

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown with chip mode

Chip mode (box mode)

Selected items are displayed as a chip (box) type in the Multi Select input box.

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown with delimiter mode

Delimiter mode

The selected items are displayed with a delimiter character in the MultiSelect input box.

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown with default rendering mode.

Hybrid mode(default mode)

By default, the selected items are displayed as chip type when the control is in focus. Otherwise, they’re displayed with a delimiter character.

Filtering and searching

The JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown has built-in filtering support with a rich set of filtering configurations available.

HTML5 MultiSelect Dropdown with custom filtering Fuzzy search.

Custom filtering

The JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown filter query can be customized. You can also use your own filter libraries to filter data like Fuzzy search.

HTML5 MultiSelect Dropdown filter with diacritic symbols.

The JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown control has built-in diacritic character sensitivity support. This behavior can be turned on or off.

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown with case sensitivity.

Filter settings

The filter search can be customized with case sensitivity, and the number of characters needed to make the filter search can be set.

UI customization with templates

Use templates to change the appearance of the selection pop-up list items, the header and footer of the selection pop-up list, and the Multi select Dropdown in HTML5 input box selected values.

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown with header template in pop-up list.

Header template

Design your own header for a pop-up list using a header template.

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown with item template in pop-up list.

Item template

Define the custom appearance of each list item using an item template.

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown with footer template in pop-up list.

Design your own custom footer for a pop-up list using footer template.

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown with value template.

Value template

Define the custom appearance of selected values using a value template.

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown with no record template in pop-up list.

Empty record template

Configure the custom look of a pop-up list when no items are available to display in the filter search functionality.

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown list items with icons.

MultiSelect items icons

Each list item of a pop-up list can be configured with a custom icon or image to improve readability and visualization.

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown with check boxes.

MultiSelect Dropdown check box

The HTML5/JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown control has check box support. Enabling a check box on each item helps the user handle multiple selected values. It also has Select All option.

Selection limit

You can limit the number of items that can be selected in a drop-down.

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown with value selection limit.

Chip customization

You can customize the selected chip (value) element appearance on value selection action.

Tagging custom value

Tag the new values that are not present in the predefined list.

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown with tagging of custom values.

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown Item Grouping.

Grouping with category

Group the popup list items with the corresponding category which masks easy to pick the item quickly from the dropdown, also increase the visual experience of the user.

Pop-up dimension

The width and height of a pop-up option list are customizable.

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown with pop-up dimension adjustment.

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown with HTML form validation.

HTML form support

The HTML5/JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown is a form control, seamlessly supporting HTML forms and obtaining values on form submission.

Sortable list items

You can display items in the ascending or descending order in a popup list.

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown with item sorting.

Responsive MultiSelect Dropdown

A responsive mode gives an adaptive, redesigned UI appearance for mobile devices and recognizes touch gestures.

Developer-friendly APIs

Developers can customize all UI elements and control their behaviors using the control’s rich set of client-side APIs.

Built-in themes

The HTML5 MultiSelect control is shipped with several built-in themes such as Material, Bootstrap, Fabric (Office 365), Tailwind CSS, and High Contrast. Customize any one of these built-in themes or create new themes by either simply overriding SASS variables or using our Theme Studio application.


  • Fully supports WAI-ARIA accessibility that makes list view accessible to on-screen readers and assistive devices.

  • Follows WAI-ARIA best practices best practices for implementing keyboard interaction.

  • Follows WCAG 2.0standard in design for the UI element visuals such as foreground color, background color, line spacing, text, and images.

  • Supports right-to-left (RTL) direction for users working in right-to-left languages like Hebrew, Arabic, or Persian.

Other supported frameworks

The MultiSelect Dropdown component is also available in Blazor, React, Angular, and Vue frameworks. Check out the different MultiSelect Dropdown platforms from the links below,

JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown Code Example

Easily get started with the JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown using a few simple lines of HTML and TS code example as demonstrated below. Also explore our JavaScript MultiSelect Dropdown Example that shows you how to render and configure a MultiSelect Dropdown in JavaScript.

<div id='container' style="margin:0 auto; width:300px;">
    <!--element which is going to render the MultiSelect-->
    <input type="text" tabindex="1" id='select' />
import { MultiSelect } from '@syncfusion/ej2-dropdowns';

// initialize MultiSelect component
let msObject: MultiSelect = new MultiSelect();

// render initialized MultiSelect


Frequently Asked Questions

  • A quick replacement of the HTML select element with multiple selection.
  • Built-in check box support with a Select All option for easy interactions.
  • Built-in support for filtering, hierarchical data binding, grouping, tagging, selection limits, and UI customization with templates.
  • Supports standard Syncfusion themes which include Bootstrap v5 and Tailwind CSS.
  • Allows multiple render modes, floating labels options, sortable list items, and customizable popup dimension.
  • Highly customizable interface with web accessibility features.
  • Simple configuration and API.
  • Supports all modern browsers.
  • Mobile-touch friendly and responsive.
  • One of the best JavaScript MultiSelect DropDown in the market that offers feature-rich UI to interact with the software.
  • Extensive demos and documentation to learn quickly and get started with JavaScript MultiSelect DropDown.

You can find our JavaScript MultiSelect DropDown demo here.

No, this is a commercial product and requires a paid license. However, a free community license is also available for companies and individuals whose organizations have less than $1 million USD in annual gross revenue, 5 or fewer developers, and 10 or fewer total employees.

A good place to start would be our comprehensive getting started documentation.

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