shiny (version 1.0.3)

selectInput: Create a select list input control


Create a select list that can be used to choose a single or multiple items from a list of values.


selectInput(inputId, label, choices, selected = NULL, multiple = FALSE,
  selectize = TRUE, width = NULL, size = NULL)

selectizeInput(inputId, ..., options = NULL, width = NULL)



The input slot that will be used to access the value.


Display label for the control, or NULL for no label.


List of values to select from. If elements of the list are named, then that name rather than the value is displayed to the user. This can also be a named list whose elements are (either named or unnamed) lists or vectors. If this is the case, the outermost names will be used as the "optgroup" label for the elements in the respective sublist. This allows you to group and label similar choices. See the example section for a small demo of this feature.


The initially selected value (or multiple values if multiple = TRUE). If not specified then defaults to the first value for single-select lists and no values for multiple select lists.


Is selection of multiple items allowed?


Whether to use selectize.js or not.


The width of the input, e.g. '400px', or '100%'; see validateCssUnit.


Number of items to show in the selection box; a larger number will result in a taller box. Not compatible with selectize=TRUE. Normally, when multiple=FALSE, a select input will be a drop-down list, but when size is set, it will be a box instead.


Arguments passed to selectInput().


A list of options. See the documentation of selectize.js for possible options (character option values inside I() will be treated as literal JavaScript code; see renderDataTable() for details).


A select list control that can be added to a UI definition.


By default, selectInput() and selectizeInput() use the JavaScript library selectize.js ( to instead of the basic select input element. To use the standard HTML select input element, use selectInput() with selectize=FALSE.

In selectize mode, if the first element in choices has a value of "", its name will be treated as a placeholder prompt. For example: selectInput("letter", "Letter", c("Choose one" = "", LETTERS))

See Also


Other input elements: actionButton, checkboxGroupInput, checkboxInput, dateInput, dateRangeInput, fileInput, numericInput, passwordInput, radioButtons, sliderInput, submitButton, textAreaInput, textInput


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## Only run examples in interactive R sessions
if (interactive()) {

# basic example
  ui = fluidPage(
    selectInput("variable", "Variable:",
                c("Cylinders" = "cyl",
                  "Transmission" = "am",
                  "Gears" = "gear")),
  server = function(input, output) {
    output$data <- renderTable({
      mtcars[, c("mpg", input$variable), drop = FALSE]
    }, rownames = TRUE)

# demoing optgroup support in the `choices` arg
  ui = fluidPage(
    selectInput("state", "Choose a state:",
      list(`East Coast` = c("NY", "NJ", "CT"),
           `West Coast` = c("WA", "OR", "CA"),
           `Midwest` = c("MN", "WI", "IA"))
  server = function(input, output) {
    output$result <- renderText({
      paste("You chose", input$state)
# }

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