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The HTML <optgroup> element creates a grouping of options within a <select> element.

Content categories None.
Permitted content Zero or more <option> elements.
Tag omission The start tag is mandatory. The end tag is optional if this element is immediately followed by another <optgroup> element, or if the parent element has no more content.
Permitted parents A <select> element.
Permitted ARIA roles None
DOM interface HTMLOptGroupElement

Note: Optgroup elements may not be nested.


This element includes the global attributes.

If this Boolean attribute is set, none of the items in this option group is selectable. Often browsers grey out such control and it won't receive any browsing events, like mouse clicks or focus-related ones.
The name of the group of options, which the browser can use when labeling the options in the user interface. This attribute is mandatory if this element is used.


  <optgroup label="Group 1">
    <option>Option 1.1</option>
  <optgroup label="Group 2">
    <option>Option 2.1</option>
    <option>Option 2.2</option>
  <optgroup label="Group 3" disabled>
    <option>Option 3.1</option>
    <option>Option 3.2</option>
    <option>Option 3.3</option>



Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<optgroup>' in that specification.
Living Standard  
The definition of '<optgroup>' in that specification.
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<optgroup>' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support1 Yes15.5 Yes Yes
disabled1 Yes18 Yes Yes
label1 Yes15.5 Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 ? Yes ?
disabled Yes Yes Yes4 ? Yes ?
label Yes Yes Yes4 ? Yes ?

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