The HTMLSelectElement.item() method returns the Element corresponding to the HTMLOptionElement whose position in the options list corresponds to the index given in the 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>


// Returns the HTMLOptionElement representing #o2
elem1 = document.forms[0]['myFormControl'][1];


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

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support YesEdge Full support YesFirefox Full support 4IE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari ? WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android ? Edge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?


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