Good-looking UI widget to replace the native select[multiple] widget
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Fed-up with the poor usability of the native HTML select mutiple element? If so, use jQuery.selectmultiple and allow users to understand how they can choose multiple options without using the [Ctrl] or [Cmd] key!


  • jQuery 1.7.2+
  • jQuery UI 1.8.20+
    • jquery.ui.core.js
    • jquery.ui.mouse.js
    • jquery.ui.widget.js
    • jquery.ui.sortable.js

NB: An older version of jQuery UI might work (no testing done). However, jQuery 1.7.0 will be required due to the new event based syntax.


Include the plugin-script along with the jQuery and the required jQuery UI dependencies (see above), e.g.

<script src="lib/jquery-1.7.2.min.js"></script>
<script src="lib/jquery-ui-1.8.20.custom.min.js"></script>
<script src="jquery.selectmultiple.js"></script>

Then inside a javascript file (or inline in a script tag), call the selectmultiple() method on the wrapped set you wish to update, e.g.



Alternatively you can include the module with require.js or similar:

require(['jquery', 'jquery.selectmultiple'], function ($) {
  $(function () {

NB This relies on jQuery UI being available under the name 'jquery.ui'.


Any options passed to the widget, will be passed as options to the underlying sortable widget to allow for customization of that widget.

Supported browsers

  • Internet Explorer 6+
  • Firefox 12.0 on Ubuntu 11.10, OS X Lion 10.7.3
  • Chromium 18.0.1025.168 on Ubuntu 11.10
  • Chrome 18.0.1025.168 on OS X Lion 10.7.3
  • Safari 5.1.5 (7534.55.3) on OS X Lion 10.7.3