HTML <select> multiple Attribute

HTML select Tag Reference HTML <select> tag

Example

A drop-down list that allows multiple selections:

<select multiple>
  <option value="volvo">Volvo</option>
  <option value="saab">Saab</option>
  <option value="opel">Opel</option>
  <option value="audi">Audi</option>
</select>

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Definition and Usage

The multiple attribute is a boolean attribute.

When present, it specifies that multiple options can be selected at once.

Selecting multiple options vary in different operating systems and browsers:

  • For windows: Hold down the control (ctrl) button to select multiple options
  • For Mac: Hold down the command button to select multiple options

Because of the different ways of doing this, and because you have to inform the user that multiple selection is available, it is more user-friendly to use checkboxes instead.


Browser Support

Attribute
multiple Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

NONE.


Differences Between HTML and XHTML

In XHTML, attribute minimization is forbidden, and the multiple attribute must be defined as <select multiple="multiple">.


Syntax

<select multiple>

HTML select Tag Reference HTML <select> tag

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