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HTML <option> tag

HTML <option> tag is used to define options in a dropdown list within <select> or <datalist> element. A dropdown list must have at least one <option> element.

The related <option> of a dropdown list can be grouped using <optgroup> element which helps to understand a large list.

Tips: The <option> tag can be used without any attribute, but it should be used with value attribute which specifies what send to the server.


Following are some specifications about the HTML <option> tag

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Start tag/End tag Both Start and End tag
Usage Forms and Inputs


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HTML option tag


Tag-specific attributes:

Attribute Value Description
disabled disabled If it is set then that option will be disabled.
label text It defines the name for the list item.
selected selected If it is set, then it will be selected by default in the list.
value text It specifies the data which is sent to the server.

Global attribute:

HTML <option> tag supports the global attributes in HTML

Event attribute:

HTML <option> tag supports the event attributes in HTML.

Supporting Browsers

Elementchrome browser Chromeie browser IEfirefox browser Firefoxopera browser Operasafari browser Safari
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