Web developers and designers always need SelectBox and Drop-down menus when building their site, so I’ve compiled a list of 16 of the best jQuery Selectbox/Drop-down Plugins.
Update 12/12/2013: Added 16. Selectric.
Update 25/05/2013: Added 14. bootstrap-select & 15. jQuery selectBox.
Update 25/07/2012: Added 13. Multiple Select Box Plugin.
Update 15/07/2012: Added 12. ddSlick.
Update 05/04/2012: Added 11. Chosen.
If you needed to develop a unique UI control that would allow users to select from a complex hierarchical tree of options, then this plugin is for you.
While there are many similar plugins, the key differentiator with the LinkSelect plugin is that is designed to fit in limited real estate.
3. Image Combo Box
If you tired with your old fashion selectbox try this one. Image combo box. You can add an icon with each option. It works with your existing “select” element.
4. jQuery Chained Select
To chain combobox state to combobox country and combobox city to combobox state you must write the following code.
The QuickSelect plugin allows you to create a text input with a list of specified options, and as you type, those options show up in a list below the input box. You can choose to have it top result into the input box as you type, or select an option using the arrow keys.
6. jQuery Selectbox Plugin
Custom select box replacement inspired by jQuery UI source.
7. Droplist Filter
8. jQuery Searchable DropDown Plugin
A jQuery plugin which extends normal dropdown (select) elements to be searchable.
9. Search Box with Filter
This search box reveals a drop down menu after the user clicks into the input field. The menu is meant to act as a filter with several checkbox options that allow the user to select specific categories for his search.
10. Sexy Combo jQuery Plugin
A jQuery plugin that allows you to turn default browser selectboxes into much more attractive and usable comboboxes.
11. Chosen jQuery Plugin
12. ddSlick jQuery Plugin
Good drop down plugin, adds images and description to otherwise boring drop downs.
13. jQuery Multiple Select Box Plugin
A custom select for @twitter Bootstrap using button dropdown.
15. jQuery selectBox
A styleable replacement for SELECT elements
16. jQuery Selectric
Selectric is a jQuery plugin designed to help at stylizing and manipulating HTML selects.