javascript - value - Setting “checked” for a checkbox with jQuery?

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I'd like to do something like this to tick a checkbox using jQuery:




Does such a thing exist?

jQuery 1.6+

Use the new .prop() method:

$('.myCheckbox').prop('checked', true);
$('.myCheckbox').prop('checked', false);

jQuery 1.5.x and below

The .prop() method is not available, so you need to use .attr().

$('.myCheckbox').attr('checked', true);
$('.myCheckbox').attr('checked', false);

Note that this is the approach used by jQuery's unit tests prior to version 1.6 and is preferable to using


since the latter will, if the box was initially checked, change the behaviour of a call to .reset() on any form that contains it - a subtle but probably unwelcome behaviour change.

For more context, some incomplete discussion of the changes to the handling of the checked attribute/property in the transition from 1.5.x to 1.6 can be found in the version 1.6 release notes and the Attributes vs. Properties section of the .prop() documentation.

Any version of jQuery

If you're working with just one element, you can always just modify the HTMLInputElement's .checked property:

$('.myCheckbox')[0].checked = true;
$('.myCheckbox')[0].checked = false;

The benefit to using the .prop() and .attr() methods instead of this is that they will operate on all matched elements.

Here's the complete answer using jQuery

I test it and it works 100% :D

    // when the button (select_unit_button) is clicked it returns all the checed checkboxes values 
    $("#select_unit_button").on("click", function(e){

             var arr = [];

                 arr[i] = $(this).val(); // u can get id or anything else

              //console.log(arr); // u can test it using this in google chrome

As @livefree75 said:

jQuery 1.5.x and below

You can also extend the $.fn object with new methods:

(function($)  {
      check : function()  {
         return this.filter(":radio, :checkbox").attr("checked", true);
      uncheck : function()  {
         return this.filter(":radio, :checkbox").removeAttr("checked");

But in new versions of jQuery, we have to use something like this:

jQuery 1.6+

    (function($)  {
          check : function()  {
             return this.filter(":radio, :checkbox").prop("checked", true);
          uncheck : function()  {
             return this.filter(":radio, :checkbox").prop("checked",false);

Then you can just do:


Assuming that the question is...

How do I check a checkbox-set BY VALUE?

Remember that in a typical checkbox set, all input tags have the same name, they differ by the attribute value: there are no ID for each input of the set.

Xian's answer can be extended with a more specific selector, using the following line of code:

$("input.myclass[name='myname'][value='the_value']").prop("checked", true);

For jQuery 1.6+

$('.myCheckbox').prop('checked', true);
$('.myCheckbox').prop('checked', false);

For jQuery 1.5.x and below

$('.myCheckbox').attr('checked', true);
$('.myCheckbox').attr('checked', false);

To check,


Here is a way to do it without jQuery

function addOrAttachListener(el, type, listener, useCapture) {
  if (el.addEventListener) {
    el.addEventListener(type, listener, useCapture);
  } else if (el.attachEvent) {
    el.attachEvent("on" + type, listener);

addOrAttachListener(window, "load", function() {
  var cbElem = document.getElementById("cb");
  var rcbElem = document.getElementById("rcb");
  addOrAttachListener(cbElem, "click", function() {
    rcbElem.checked = cbElem.checked;
  }, false);
}, false);
<label>Click Me!
  <input id="cb" type="checkbox" />
  <input id="rcb" type="checkbox" />

Here is the code and demo for how to check multiple check boxes...

$("#check").on("click", function () {

    var chk = document.getElementById('check').checked;
    var arr = document.getElementsByTagName("input");

    if (chk) {
        for (var i in arr) {
            if (arr[i].name == 'check') arr[i].checked = true;
    } else {
        for (var i in arr) {
            if (arr[i].name == 'check') arr[i].checked = false;

I couldn't get it working using:

$("#cb").prop('checked', 'true');
$("#cb").prop('checked', 'false');

Both true and false would check the checkbox. What worked for me was:

$("#cb").prop('checked', 'true'); // For checking
$("#cb").prop('checked', '');     // For unchecking

If using mobile and you want the interface to update and show the checkbox as unchecked, use the following:

$("#checkbox1").prop('checked', false).checkboxradio("refresh");

If you are using PhoneGap doing application development, and you have a value on the button that you want to show instantly, remember to do this

$('span.ui-[controlname]',$('[id]')).text("the value");

I found that without the span, the interface will not update no matter what you do.

Plain JavaScript is very simple and much less overhead:

var elements = document.getElementsByClassName('myCheckBox');
for(var i = 0; i < elements.length; i++)
    elements[i].checked = true;

Example here

This is probably the shortest and easiest solution:

$(".myCheckBox")[0].checked = true;


$(".myCheckBox")[0].checked = false;

Even shorter would be:

$(".myCheckBox")[0].checked = !0;
$(".myCheckBox")[0].checked = !1;

Here is a jsFiddle as well.

This selects elements that have the specified attribute with a value containing the given substring "ckbItem":

$('input[name *= ckbItem]').prop('checked', true);

It will select all elements that contain ckbItem in its name attribute.

To check a checkbox using jQuery 1.6 or higher just do this:

checkbox.prop('checked', true);

To uncheck, use:

checkbox.prop('checked', false);

Here' s what I like to use to toggle a checkbox using jQuery:

checkbox.prop('checked', !checkbox.prop('checked'));

If you're using jQuery 1.5 or lower:

checkbox.attr('checked', true);

To uncheck, use:

checkbox.attr('checked', false);

To check and uncheck

$('.myCheckbox').prop('checked', true);
$('.myCheckbox').prop('checked', false);

Try this:

$('#checkboxid').get(0).checked = true;  //For checking

$('#checkboxid').get(0).checked = false; //For unchecking

We can use elementObject with jQuery for getting the attribute checked:


We can use this for all jQuery versions without any error.

Update: Jquery 1.6+ has the new prop method which replaces attr, e.g.:


When you checked a checkbox like;

$('.className').attr('checked', 'checked')

it might not be enough. You should also call the function below;

$('.className').prop('checked', 'true')

Especially when you removed the checkbox checked attribute.

You can do

$('.myCheckbox').attr('checked',true) //Standards compliant


$("form #mycheckbox").attr('checked', true)

If you have custom code in the onclick event for the checkbox that you want to fire, use this one instead:


You can uncheck by removing the attribute entirely:


You can check all checkboxes like this:


$("#mycheckbox")[0].checked = true;
$("#mycheckbox").attr('checked', true);

The last one will fire the click event for the checkbox, the others will not. So if you have custom code in the onclick event for the checkbox that you want to fire, use the last one.