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    Selectize is the hybrid of a textbox and <select> box. It's jQuery based and it has autocomplete and native-feeling keyboard navigation; useful for tagging, contact lists, etc.
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    Selectize is an extensible jQuery-based custom <select>; UI control. It's useful for tagging, contact lists, country selectors, and so on. It clocks in at around ~7kb (gzipped). The goal is to provide a solid & usable experience with a clean and powerful API.


    • Smart Option Searching / Ranking Options are efficiently scored and sorted on-the-fly (using sifter). Want to search an item's title and description? No problem.
    • Caret between items Order matters sometimes. Use the and arrow keys to move between selected items.
    • Select & delete multiple items at once Hold down option on Mac or ctrl on Windows to select more than one item to delete.
    • Díåcritîçs supported Great for international environments.
    • Item creation Allow users to create items on the fly (async saving is supported; the control locks until the callback is fired).
    • Remote data loading For when you have thousands of options and want them provided by the server as the user types.
    • Clean API & code Interface with it and make modifications easily. Pull requests welcome!
    • Extensible Plugin API for developing custom features (uses microplugin).
    • Touch Support Plays nice with iOS 5+ devices.


    • jquery (1.7 and greater), as peer dependency
      • Note: it is installed automatically in development, or in projects using NPM 1 or 2. When using NPM from version 3 on, just a warning is thrown and the user needs to manually install an explicit version in their own project (e.g. npm install --save jquery@3.5.1).
    • sifter (bundled in "standalone" build)
    • microplugin (bundled in "standalone" build)


    Installation and files

    All pre-built files needed to use Selectize can be found in the "dist" folder.

    If you're looking to get started with minimal fuss, include standalone/selectize.min.js (bundles Sifter and Microplugin dependencies – also available un-minified for debugging, just remove the .min part) and css/selectize.default.css.

    Selectize is available at cdnjs.



    The available options are documented here.

    IE8 Support

    To support Internet Explorer 8, es5-shim must be added your page.

    <!--[if lt IE 9]><script src=""></script><![endif]-->

    Custom Builds

    By default, all plugins are included. To hand-pick what plugins (if any) to include, run grunt with the "--plugins" flag. After this completes, grab the files you need from the "dist" folder.

    # dependencies
    npm install
    # build selectize
    grunt --plugins=
    grunt --plugins=*
    grunt --plugins=remove_button,restore_on_backspace


    When issuing a pull request:

    • please do not include/commit changes in the dist/ folder to avoid merge conflicts. A good way to include the right files is to use git gui or git add when committing to select the files you want to add to your commit.

    • please include tests with your feature so that we're not tempted to break it in the future!

    Add an entry to the top of the CHANGELOG, and update the documentation in docs/ as needed. (Refactors and documentation changes don't need a changelog entry.)

    Squash your commits together in one or a few complete, logical commits, with a concise and descriptive message. One commit means one feature/bugfix/thing that has changed, or a diff bringing the code one step forward to a better, working state.

    Once your commit is nice and clean, and you want to discard the other changes, you can use git checkout . (that will erase changes to tracked files) and git clean [-i/--interactive] (to erase untracked files). However, be careful with those commands, as their function is to erase things/changes.


    Please ensure all the tests pass:

    npm test # phantomjs
    BROWSERS=Firefox npm test
    BROWSERS=Firefox,Chrome npm test
    BROWSERS=Firefox,Chrome,Safari npm test

    Local environment

    To run Selectize locally:

    npm start

    You can then run the examples in http://localhost:4000/examples/.

    However, be careful not to add the dist/ files in your commit, as Grunt automatically regenerates the files in dist/ as the source is changed.


    Copyright © 2013–2016 Brian Reavis & Contributors\ Copyright © 2020-2021 Selectize Team & Contributors

    Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at:

    Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

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