Bootstrap DropDown With Search Using jQuery

Using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript/jQuery will allow you to develop a Bootstrap dropdown with search capability. Here is an illustration:


<div class="dropdown">
  <button class="btn btn-secondary dropdown-toggle" type="button" id="dropdownMenuButton" data-toggle="dropdown" aria-haspopup="true" aria-expanded="false">
    Select a fruit
  <div class="dropdown-menu" aria-labelledby="dropdownMenuButton">
    <input class="form-control search" type="text" placeholder="Search...">
    <div class="dropdown-menu-inner">
      <a class="dropdown-item" href="#">Apple</a>
      <a class="dropdown-item" href="#">Banana</a>
      <a class="dropdown-item" href="#">Orange</a>
      <a class="dropdown-item" href="#">Grape</a>


.dropdown-menu-inner {
  max-height: 200px;
  overflow: auto;

.dropdown-menu .search {
  margin: 5px;
  width: calc(100% - 10px);


$(document).ready(function() {
  $(".dropdown-menu .search").on("keyup", function() {
    var value = $(this).val().toLowerCase();
    $(".dropdown-menu-inner a").filter(function() {
      $(this).toggle($(this).text().toLowerCase().indexOf(value) > -1)


  • In a div with the class “dropdown-menu-inner,” the HTML code produces a dropdown button and menu with an input box for the search function and a number of fruit alternatives.
  • The dropdown menu’s maximum height is defined by the CSS code, which also gives the search input box some additional appearance.
  • In response to user input entered into the search box, the JavaScript/jQuery code filters the dropdown selections by adding or deleting the “show” class. The filter function on the anchor tags within the div with class “dropdown-menu-inner” is used to do this.

This is just one method for using jQuery to build a Bootstrap dropdown with search. Several alternative approaches exist as well, based on your own requirements and tastes.

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