The HTML <datalist> element contains a set of <option> elements that represent the values available for other controls.

Content categories Flow content, phrasing content.
Permitted content Either phrasing content or zero or more <option> elements.
Tag omission None, both the starting and ending tag are mandatory.
Permitted parents Any element that accepts phrasing content.
Permitted ARIA roles None
DOM interface HTMLDataListElement

Attributes

This element has no other attributes than the global attributes, common to all elements.

Examples

<label>Choose a browser from this list:
<input list="browsers" name="myBrowser" /></label>
<datalist id="browsers">
  <option value="Chrome">
  <option value="Firefox">
  <option value="Internet Explorer">
  <option value="Opera">
  <option value="Safari">
  <option value="Microsoft Edge">
</datalist>

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<datalist>' in that specification.
Living Standard  
HTML5
The definition of '<datalist>' in that specification.
Recommendation  

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support20 Yes4109.5 No
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic support3333 Yes4 No ? No

See also