Dynamically Adding Drop down using JQuery

Audience: Beginners

This article is targeted to beginners in Jquery.

In this article, we will see

1. Creating Drop Down dynamically

2. Adding options to Drop down dynamically.


So, on $(document).ready(function() {}; , we will create drop down and add options to that at runtime. We are going to add two drop downs


<script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-latest.min.js">
<script type="text/javascript">
$(document).ready(function() {

alert("Hello World!!!");

var data = {     'Country': 'India',     'Country1': 'USA', 'Country2': 'Australia',     'Country3': 'Srilanka'}  ;

var s = $('<select />');

for(var val in data)
 $('<option />', {value: val, text: data[val]}).appendTo(s);


var data1 = {     'City': 'New Delhi',     'City2': 'WDC' ,'City3': 'Adilade','City4': 'Colombo'}  ;

var s1 = $('<select />');

for(var val in data1)
 $('<option />', {value: val, text: data1[val]}).appendTo(s1);




1. Creating dropdown by


2. Adding option by below script


3. Adding dropdown to body of HTML. You can add anywhere you want like div or form




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Dhananjay Kumar

Dhananjay Kumar is Developer Evangelist for Infragistics. He is a 8 times Microsoft MVP and well respected Developer Advocate in India.He is the author of 900+ Blog Posts, and can often be found speaking around India at conferences and hosting free workshops for programmers across the country. So far, he has hosted 60 free workshops on various topics like JavaScript, Angular, WCF, ASP.NET MVC, C#, Azure etc. Follow him on twitter @debug_mode for all the updates about his blog posts and workshops. You can send him email at debugmode [at] outlook [dot] com

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