HTML <option> hidden Attribute

The hidden attribute on an <option> tag hides that option element. Althought the option is not visible, its position on the page is maintained.

Example

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A hidden attribute on an <option> tag.
The Los Angeles option is not visible.

<select>
  <option>-- Select city -- </option>
  <option hidden>Los Angeles</option>
  <option>New York</option>
  <option>Houston</option>
  <option>Chicago</option>
</select>

Using hidden

The hidden attribute hides the <option> element.

You can specify either 'hidden' (without value) or 'hidden="hidden"'. Both are valid.

A hidden <option> element is not visible, but it maintains its position on the page.

Removing the hidden attribute makes it re-appear.


Syntax

<option hidden>
or
<option hidden="hidden">

Values

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Value Description
hidden Use 'hidden' or hidden='hidden'. Both are valid.

More Examples

Clicking the button toggles the hidden attribute on the Los Angeles <option> element.


<select>
  <option>-- Select city -- </option>
  <option id="myoption">Los Angeles</option>
  <option>New York</option>
  <option>Houston</option>
  <option>Chicago</option>
</select>

<br />
<button onclick="toggle(this)">Hide option</button>

<script>
  let toggle = button => {
    let element = document.getElementById("myoption");
    let hidden = element.getAttribute("hidden");
    
    if (hidden) {
       element.removeAttribute("hidden");
       button.innerText = "Hide option";
    } else {
       element.setAttribute("hidden", "hidden");
       button.innerText = "Show option";
    }
  }
</script>

Code explanation

Initially, all <option> elements are visible.

Clicking the button calls JavaScript which toggles the hidden attribute on the Los Angeles option.

With the hidden attribute applied this option is invisible.


Browser support

Here is when hidden support started for each browser:

Chrome
1.0 Sep 2008
Firefox
1.0 Sep 2002
IE/Edge
1.0 Aug 1995
Opera
1.0 Jan 2006
Safari
1.0 Jan 2003

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