Configuration

An object defining configuration options for the SelectBox widget.

acceptCustomValue

Specifies whether or not the widget allows an end-user to enter a custom value.

Type: Boolean
Default Value: false

accessKey

Specifies a shortcut key that sets focus on the widget element.

Type: String
Default Value: null

The accessKey option value is passed to the accesskey attribute of the actual HTML element of the widget.

activeStateEnabled

A Boolean value specifying whether or not the widget changes its state when interacting with a user.

Type: Boolean
Default Value: true

This option is used when the widget is displayed on a platform whose guidelines include the active state change for widgets.

attr

Specifies HTML attributes applied to the inner input element of the widget.

Type: Object
Default Value: {}

dataSource

A data source used to fetch data to be displayed by the widget.

Default Value: null

This option accepts one of the following.

  • Array of objects
    A simple JavaScript array containing a collection of plain objects.

  • URL
    A URL to JSON data or to a service returning data in JSON format.

  • DataSource or its configuration object
    A DataSource is an object that provides a handy API for data processing. A DataSource is a stateful object, which means that it saves data processing settings and applies them each time data is loaded. All underlying data access logic of a DataSource is isolated in a Store. A Store provides an API for reading and modifying data. Unlike the DataSource, a Store is a stateless object.

NOTE
If the data source is specified using the dataSource option, use the items option only for reading. Updating data items using the items option may cause unexpected results.

To display widget items, a default template can be used. This template is based on the data source fields that are listed in the Default Item Template section of the widget's API. Alternatively, you can implement a custom item template.

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deferRendering

Specifies whether widget content is rendered when the widget is shown or when rendering the widget.

Type: Boolean
Default Value: true

If this option is set to true, widget content is rendered when showing the widget. Otherwise, widget content is rendered when rendering the widget.

disabled

A Boolean value specifying whether or not the widget can respond to user interaction.

Type: Boolean
Default Value: false

Create an observable variable and assign it to this option to specify the availability of the widget at runtime.

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displayExpr

Specifies the name of the data source item field whose value is displayed by the widget.

Default Value: undefined

If the data source item is a simple object holding a value (string, numeric, Boolean, etc.), assign 'this' to the displayExpr option. If the item is a plain object item, assign the required field name or path to the option.

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displayValue

Returns the value currently displayed by the widget.

Type: String
Default Value: undefined

The value you pass to this option does not affect widget behavior. Pass an observable variable to this option to get the value currently displayed by the widget.

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fieldEditEnabled

Deprecated

Use the acceptCustomValue option instead.

fieldTemplate

The template to be used for rendering the widget text field.

Type: template
Function parameters:
selectedItem: Object

The data that is bound to the selected item.

fieldElement: Object

An HTML element of the field to be rendered.

Return Value: String|DOM Node|jQuery

A template name or a template container.

Default Value: null

This option enables you to render the widget text field depending on selected item values.

A binding context of an item template is the data source object that corresponds to the currently selected item.

So, in Knockout approach, you can bind template elements to the item's fields directly (see the code below). To access another binding context within a field template, use the Knockout binding variables.

In AngularJS approach, if you need to access item object's fields within a template, use a variable whose name is assigned to the dx-item-alias directive (see the code below). Add the directive to the widget element to specify an alias to the root object of an item. Without this directive, item object fields are beyond reach. To access another binding context within a field template, use Angular binding variables.

AngularJS Approach
HTML
<div data-options="dxTemplate: { name:'myField' }" dx-item-alias="itemObj">
    <div dx-text-box: { value: itemObj.name + ' (' + itemObj.capital + ')' } "></div>
</div>
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<div data-options="dxTemplate: { name:'myField' }">
    <div data-bind="dxTextBox: { value: name + ' (' + capital + ')' } "></div>
</div>
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focusStateEnabled

Specifies whether or not the widget can be focused.

Type: Boolean
Default Value: true

height

Specifies the height of the widget.

Return Value: Number|String

The widget height.

Default Value: undefined

The option can hold a value of the following types.

  • number
    The height of the widget in pixels

  • string
    A CSS measurement of the widget height (e.g., "55px", "80%", "auto" and "inherit")

  • function
    A function returning the widget height, e.g.,

    JavaScript
    height: function () {
        return baseHeight - 10 + "%";
    });

hint

Specifies the text of the hint displayed for the widget.

Type: String
Default Value: undefined

hoverStateEnabled

A Boolean value specifying whether or not the widget changes its state when being hovered by an end user.

Type: Boolean
Default Value: true

isValid

Specifies whether the editor's value is valid.

Type: Boolean
Default Value: true

In Knockout approach, you may need to use an editor to inform end users that an error occurred during the validation of a ViewModel field. In this instance, set the editor's isValid option to the isValid property value of the dxValidator that validated the ViewModel's field. In addition, set the editor's validationError option to the validationError property value of the dxValidator object.

In the code below, the login specified by an end user is validated on the level of the ViewModel. If validation of the login value fails, a validation message is displayed on the Login editor.

HTML
<div data-bind="dxTextBox: {
    value: login,
    isValid: login.dxValidator.isValid,
    validationError: login.dxValidator.validationError,
    placeholder: 'Login'
}"></div>
JavaScript
var viewModel = {
    login: ko.observable("").extend({
        dxValidator: {
            validationRules: [{
                type: 'required',
                message: 'Login is required'
            }]
        }
    }),
    //...
}
NOTE
The editor's isValid option, as well as the validationError option, should also be specified when using a custom validation engine. In this instance, the validation result will be displayed for the editor by the means of the DevExtreme Validation UI.
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items

An array of items displayed by the widget.

Type: Array

You can use the dataSource option instead. Unlike the items option, the dataSource option can take on the DataSource configuration object as well as a simple array.

NOTE
If you need to modify the data source specified using the items option at runtime, do it only with the help of the items option. Updating data items using the dataSource option may cause unexpected results.

To display widget items, a default template can be used. This template is based on the data source fields that are listed in the Default Item Template section of the widget's API. Alternatively, you can implement a custom item template.

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itemTemplate

The template to be used for rendering items.

Type: template
Function parameters:
itemData: Object

The item object to be rendered.

itemIndex: Number

The index of the item to be rendered.

itemElement: jQuery

An HTML element of the item to be rendered.

Return Value: String|DOM Node|jQuery

A template name or a template container.

Default Value: 'item'

A binding context of an item template is the data source object that corresponds to the currently rendered item.

In Knockout approach, you can bind template elements to the item object's fields directly. To access another binding context within an item template, use Knockout binding variables.

In AngularJS approach, if you need to access item object fields within a template, use a variable whose name is assigned to the dx-item-alias directive. Add the directive to the widget element to specify an alias to the root object of an item. Without this directive, item object fields are beyond reach. To access another binding context within an item template, use Angular binding variables.

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maxLength

Specifies the maximum number of characters you can enter into the textbox.

Type: String|Number
Default Value: null

If the number of entered characters reaches the value assigned to this option, the widget does not allow you to enter any more characters.

minSearchLength

The minimum number of characters that must be entered into the text box to begin a search.

Type: Number
Default Value: 0

This option makes sense only if the searchEnabled option is set to true.

noDataText

The text or HTML markup displayed by the widget if the item collection is empty.

Type: String
Default Value: 'No data to display'

onChange

A handler for the change event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

jQueryEvent: jQuery.Event

Specifies the jQuery event that caused action execution.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action when a change within the widget's input element is committed by an end user.

onClosed

A handler for the closed event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action after a drop-down editor has been hidden.

onContentReady

A handler for the contentReady event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

Default Value: null

If data displayed by the widget is specified using a DataSource instance, the contentReady event fires each time the load() method of the DataSource instance is called as well as when widget content is ready. In this case, when you create the widget, the contentReady event is raised twice: when the widget's content is ready (at this moment, the widget does not display items) and when the DataSource is loaded (the widget displays the loaded items).

onCopy

A handler for the copy event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

jQueryEvent: jQuery.Event

Specifies the jQuery event that caused the action execution.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action after the widget's input is copied.

onCustomItemCreating

A handler for the customItemCreating event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

text: String

A text of the widget text field.

Return Value: Object|jQuery.Promise

The item object or the jQuery Deferred object resolved when the item is created.

Default Value: null
NOTE
This event fires only if the acceptCustomValue option is enabled. Note that your handler for the customItemCreating event should return an item or a Promise of jQuery Deferred object resolved when a custom item is created.

onCut

A handler for the cut event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

jQueryEvent: jQuery.Event

Specifies the jQuery event that caused the action execution.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action after the widget's input is cut.

onDisposing

A handler for the disposing event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action when the widget is being removed.

NOTE
The function assigned to this option is executed only if the widget is removed using the remove(), empty(), or html() jQuery methods.

onEnterKey

A handler for the enterKey event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

jQueryEvent: jQuery.Event

Specifies the jQuery event that caused the action execution.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action after the 'Enter' key is pressed within the widget's input element.

onFocusIn

A handler for the focusIn event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

jQueryEvent: jQuery.Event

Specifies the jQuery event that caused the action execution.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action after the widget's input is focused.

onFocusOut

A handler for the focusOut event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

jQueryEvent: jQuery.Event

Specifies the jQuery event that caused the action execution.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action after the widget's input element loses focus.

onInitialized

A handler for the initialized event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action when the widget is initialized.

onInput

A handler for the input event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

jQueryEvent: jQuery.Event

Specifies the jQuery event that caused action execution.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action when a value within the widget's input element is changed by an end user.

onItemClick

A handler for the itemClick event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

itemData: Object

The data that is bound to the clicked item.

itemElement: Object

An HTML element of the item.

itemIndex: Number|Object

The index of the clicked item. If the widget items are grouped, the index represents an object defining the group and item indexes: { group: 0, item: 0 }.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action when a widget item is clicked.

To navigate to a specific URL when the itemClick event fires, assign that URL directly to this option.

onKeyDown

A handler for the keyDown event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

jQueryEvent: jQuery.Event

Specifies the jQuery event that caused action execution.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action when a key is pressed down within the widget's input element.

onKeyPress

A handler for the keyPress event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

jQueryEvent: jQuery.Event

Specifies the jQuery event that caused the action execution.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action when the keypress DOM event is raised for the current input element.

onKeyUp

A handler for the keyUp event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

jQueryEvent: jQuery.Event

Specifies the jQuery event that caused action execution.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action when a key is released within the widget's input element.

onOpened

A handler for the opened event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action when the drop-down editor is shown.

onOptionChanged

A handler for the optionChanged event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

name: String

Specifies the name of the option whose value is changed.

fullName: String

Specifies a full name of the option whose value is changed. The full name is formed by concatenating the names of the options that are presented in the hierarchy of the given option. The names are delimited by commas.

value: any

Specifies a new value for the option.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action after an option of the component is changed.

onPaste

A handler for the paste event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

jQueryEvent: jQuery.Event

Specifies the jQuery event that caused the action execution.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action after the widget's input is pasted.

onSelectionChanged

A handler for the selectionChanged event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

selectedItem: Object

Provides access to the currently selected item.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action when the selection changes.

onValueChanged

A handler for the valueChanged event.

Type: function
Function parameters:

Provides function parameters.

Object structure:
component: Object

Provides access to the widget instance.

element: jQuery

An HTML element of the widget.

model: Object

Provides access to the data that is available for binding against the element. Available only in the Knockout approach.

value: Object

The widget's new value.

previousValue: Object

The widget's previous value.

jQueryEvent: jQuery.Event

Specifies the jQuery event that caused the action execution.

Default Value: null

Assign a function to perform a custom action when the editor value changes.

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opened

Specifies whether or not the drop-down editor is displayed.

Type: Boolean
Default Value: false

pagingEnabled

Deprecated

Use the dataSource.paginate option instead.

Specifies whether or not the widget displays items by pages.

Type: Boolean
Default Value: undefined

placeholder

The text that is provided as a hint in the select box editor.

Type: String
Default Value: 'Select'

readOnly

A Boolean value specifying whether or not the widget is read-only.

Type: Boolean
Default Value: false

rtlEnabled

Specifies whether or not the current component supports a right-to-left representation.

Type: Boolean
Default Value: false

If you need to switch the display of this DevExtreme component to right-to-left, enable a specifically designed configuration option - rtlEnabled. When this option is set to true, the text flows from right to left, and the layout the component's elements is reversed. To switch the entire application/site to a right-to-left representation, use the static DevExpress.rtlEnabled field.

searchEnabled

Specifies whether or not the widget supports searching.

Type: Boolean
Default Value: false

searchExpr

Specifies the name of a data source item field or an expression whose value is compared to the search criterion.

Type: getter|Array
Default Value: null

In most cases, you should pass the name of a field by whose value data items are searched. If you need to search elements by several field values, assign an array of field names to this option.

JavaScript
searchExpr: ["firstName", "lastName"]

For more information on searching, refer to the Search Api section of the Data Layer article. For information on getters, refer to the Getters and Setters section of the Data Layer article.

searchMode

Specifies the binary operation used to filter data.

Type: String
Default Value: 'contains'
Accepted Values: 'contains' | 'startswith'

searchTimeout

Specifies the time delay, in milliseconds, after the last character has been typed in, before a search is executed.

Type: Number
Default Value: 500

selectedItem

Gets the currently selected item.

Type: Object
Read-only
Default Value: null
NOTE
This option is read-only.

showClearButton

Specifies whether to display the Clear button in the widget.

Type: Boolean
Default Value: false

The Clear button sets the widget value to null.

showDataBeforeSearch

Specifies whether or not the widget displays unfiltered values until a user types a number of characters exceeding the minSearchLength option value.

Type: Boolean
Default Value: false

If this option is disabled, the widget does not display values until the number of typed characters exceeds the minSearchLength value, otherwise it displays all values regardless of the specified filtering condition.

showSelectionControls

Specifies whether or not to display selection controls.

Type: Boolean
Default Value: false

spellcheck

Specifies whether or not the widget checks the inner text for spelling mistakes.

Type: Boolean
Default Value: false

tabIndex

Specifies the widget tab index.

Type: Number
Default Value: 0

text

The read-only option that holds the text displayed by the widget input element.

Type: String
Read-only

validationError

Holds the object that defines the error that occurred during validation.

Type: Object
Default Value: undefined

In Knockout approach, you may need to use an editor to inform end users that an error occurred during the validation of a ViewModel field. In this instance, set the editor's isValid option to the isValid property value of the dxValidator that validated the ViewModel's field. In addition, set the editor's validationError option to the validationError property value of the dxValidator object.

In the code, the login specified by an end user is validated on the level of the ViewModel. If validation of the login value fails, a validation message is displayed on the Login editor.

HTML
<div data-bind="dxTextBox: {
    value: login,
    isValid: login.dxValidator.isValid,
    validationError: login.dxValidator.validationError,
    placeholder: 'Login'
}"></div>
JavaScript
var viewModel = {
    login: ko.observable("").extend({
        dxValidator: {
            validationRules: [{ type: 'required', message: 'Login is required' }]
        }
    }),
    //...
}

The editor's validationError option, as well as the isValid option, should also be specified when using a custom validation engine. In this instance, the validation result will be displayed for the editor by the means of the DevExtreme Validation UI.

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validationMessageMode

Specifies how the message about the validation rules that are not satisfied by this editor's value is displayed.

Type: String
Default Value: 'auto'
Accepted Values: 'auto' | 'always'

The following option values are possible:

  • auto
    The tooltip with the message is displayed when the editor is in focus.
  • always
    The tooltip with the message is not hidden when the editor loses focus.

value

The currently selected value in the widget.

Type: String
Default Value: null

If select box items represent objects, the value option returns the value of the specified field of the currently selected item object. The field whose value is returned by the value option is specified via the valueExpr option.

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valueChangeEvent

Specifies DOM event names that update a widget's value.

Type: String
Default Value: 'change'

The option takes on a string value representing a DOM event name or several DOM event names separated by a space. It is recommended that you use the "keyup", "blur", "change" and "focusout" events. However, you can use other DOM events for your own discretion.

NOTE
This option makes sense only if the fieldEditEnabled option is set to true.

valueExpr

Specifies the name of a data source item field whose value is held in the value configuration option.

Default Value: 'this'

If the options value is "this", the widget returns the entire selected object from the value option. Note that the "this" value is not supported by a widget bound to an ODataStore.

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visible

A Boolean value specifying whether or not the widget is visible.

Type: Boolean
Default Value: true

width

Specifies the width of the widget.

Return Value: Number|String

The widget width.

Default Value: undefined

The option can hold a value of the following types.

  • numeric
    The widget width in pixels.
  • string
    A CSS measurement of the widget width (e.g., "55px", "80%", "auto" and "inherit").
  • function
    The function returning the widget width. For example, see the following code.

    JavaScript
    width: function () { 
        return baseWidth - 10 + "%";
    }