HTML <option> tag

Updated: 10/11/2017 by Computer Hope

HTML option tagWhen writing in HTML, the <option> tag is used to designate an item within the <optgroup>, <datalist>, or <select> elements. These options can be selected using a drop-down menu, or via autocomplete if the user starts typing one of them. The following sections contain information about the <option> tag, including an example of it in use, as well as related attributes and browser compatibility.

Note: The <option> tag belongs to a group of tags called form elements.

Example code

<div>Choose your favorite color from this list:</div>
<input list="colors" />
<datalist id="colors">
<option value="Red">
<option value="Green">
<option value="Blue">
<option value="Orange">
<option value="Purple">

Example result

Choose your favorite color from this list:

If you hover your mouse cursor over the right side of the box, a down arrow will appear. Click this arrow to choose your favorite color.


Within an HTML tag, an attribute dictates certain aspects of an HTML element. Attributes are made up of a name and value pair; all tags support standard attributes. The following table shows all of the current unique HTML attributes for the <option> tag, as well as a description of each.

Attribute Description
disabled Disables the option
label Designates a short label for an option
selected Designates that the option should be selected as soon as the page loads
value Designates a value to best sent to the server then the option is selected


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Additional form elements

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