Fetching the selected value of a 'select' element in JavaScript.

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Question Description

I'm currently trying to fetch a value from a 'select' element using JavaScript/JQuery, but for some reason I'm encountering some errors, so I'm obviously not doing it right!

<select id="obejectlistid">

<option selectedID="square">Square </option>

<option selectedID="circle">Circle</option>

<option selectedID="triangle">Triangle</option>


This is the HTML code I'm using, and the JavaScript code is below. I'm wondering if there's any way to fetch the selected value in a select element (drop down list) using JavaScript/JQuery?

function onAddNewShape() {

var object_list = document.getElementById("objectlist");

var shape = object_list.options[object_list.selectedIndex].value;



Tutor Answer

School: UC Berkeley

Hi here is the working solution for you.

<script type="text/javascript">
function onAddNewShape() {

var get_id = document.getElementById("objectlist");
var result = get_id.options[get_id.selectedIndex].value;
<select id="objectlist" onchange="onAddNewShape

<option selectedID="square">Square </option>
<option selectedID="circle">Circle</option>
<option selectedID="triangle">Triangle</option>

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