The HTMLSelectElement.item() method returns the Element corresponding to the HTMLOptionElement whose position in the options list corresponds to the index given in parameter, or null if there are none.

In JavaScript, using the array bracket syntax with an unsigned long, like selectElt[idx] is equivalent to selectElt.namedItem(idx).


var item = collection.item(idx);
var item = collection[idx];


  • idx is an unsigned long.

Return value


  <select id="myFormControl" type="textarea">
    <option id="o1">Opt 1</option>
    <option id="o2">Opt 2</option>
elem1 = document.forms[0]["myFormControl"][1]; // Returns the HTMLOptionElement representing #o2


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'HTMLSelectElement.item()' in that specification.
Living Standard No change since the latest snapshot, HTML5.
The definition of 'HTMLSelectElement.item()' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition, snapshot of HTML Living Standard

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes4 Yes Yes ?
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes ? Yes4 Yes ? ?

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