jQuery Nice Select

A lightweight jQuery plugin that replaces native select elements with customizable dropdowns.

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1. Include jQuery and the plugin.

<script src="path/to/jquery.js"></script> 
<script src="path/to/jquery.nice-select.js"></script>

2. Include the plugin styles, either the compiled CSS...

<link rel="stylesheet" href="path/to/nice-select.css">

...or, ideally, import the SASS source (if you use SASS) in your main stylesheet for easier customization.

@import 'nice-select'; // Or 'nice-select-prefixed'. See 'Notes' section.

3. Finally, initialize the plugin.

$(document).ready(function() {

All done. That will turn this:

...into this:

There are no settings (a native select doesn't have settings), although there are a couple of special features, documented below.

Display text

You can specify an alternate text for each option, which will be displayed on the dropdown when that option is selected.

Add a data-display attribute to the desired options. For example:

  <option data-display="Select">Nothing</option>
  <option value="1">Some option</option>
  <option value="2">Another option</option>
  <option value="3" disabled>A disabled option</option>
  <option value="4">Potato</option>

Custom classes

Every class you assign to a select element will be copied to the generated dropdown. That way you can customize different versions of it to your needs just by adding new CSS.

These are some examples included in the plugin stylesheet:



Updates the custom dropdown to reflect any changes made to the original select element.



Removes the custom dropdown and unbinds all its events.