:selected Selector

selected selector

Description: Selects all elements that are selected.

  • version added: 1.0jQuery( ":selected" )

The :selected selector works for <option> elements. It does not work for checkboxes or radio inputs; use :checked for them.

Additional Notes:

  • Because :selected is a jQuery extension and not part of the CSS specification, queries using :selected cannot take advantage of the performance boost provided by the native DOM querySelectorAll() method. To achieve the best performance when using :selected to select elements, first select the elements using a pure CSS selector, then use .filter(":selected").


Attaches a change event to the select that gets the text for each selected option and writes them in the div. It then triggers the event for the initial text draw.

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <title>selected demo</title>
  div {
    color: red;
  <script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.5.0.js"></script>
<select name="garden" multiple="multiple">
  <option selected="selected">Shrubs</option>
  <option selected="selected">Bushes</option>
$( "select" )
  .change(function() {
    var str = "";
    $( "select option:selected" ).each(function() {
      str += $( this ).text() + " ";
    $( "div" ).text( str );
  .trigger( "change" );


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