I now have a plugin pack that includes a new, improved version of the ImageSelect plugin – please head over to to download it. Don’t use the old version!

ImageSelect is a jQuery plugin that allows the user to select an image by means of a nice looking dropdown.


Current version (1.1.0)


Click here to see the demo.


You must have a <select> containing one or more <option>s. Each option must contain the URL to the image you want to display, as the option text. The option value can be whatever you like.


<select name="logo"> <option value="1">/images/whatever.jpg</option> <option value="2">/images/something.png</option> <option value="3">/images/misc.gif</option> </select>

Then you just need to include the javascript, stylesheet and images, and modify the css to make sure the image path(s) are correct for you.

<script src="/imageselect/imageselect.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<link href="/imageselect/imageselect.css" media="screen" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

And finally, you just need to call .ImageSelect on the jQuery wrapped select element:


See below for more detailed integrations.


You must call ImageSelect on a jQuery wrapped <select> element:

You can pass in options as an object:

Or specify the method you want:

Or both:


  • method – The method to call. If omitted, the ‘init’ method will be called by default
  • options – This is an object containing various options (see below).


  • init – Initialises the plugin using the selected element(s).
  • open – Shows the dropdown portion of the element (or hides via animation if already shown, works more like toggle() really).
  • close – Hides the dropdown portion of the element (no animation).
  • remove – Removes the control and reverts to the original select input.
  • update – Updates the displayed image selection. You must supply the url in an object, e.g. $('select[name=logo]').update({url:'/images/logo.jpg'}).


  • width – The width of the select. Default is 200.
  • height – The height of the select (with the dropdown hidden). Default is 75.
  • dropdownWidth – The width of the dropdown list part of the select. Default is 350.
  • dropdownHeight – The height of the dropdown list part of the select (overflow will scroll). Default is 250.
  • z – The z-index to use for the dropdown. Default is 99999.
  • backgroundColor – The background colour of the control. Default is ‘#ffffff’.
  • borderColor – Border colour of the control (including dropdown). Default is ‘#cccccc’.
  • lock – Which dimension to lock, width or height. Default is ‘height’.


Coming in the next version…

Bugs/Feature Requests

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