How to get Selected Text from select2 when using <input>

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As of Select2 4.x, it always returns an array, even for non-multi select lists.

var data = $('your-original-element').select2('data')
alert(data[0].text);
alert(data[0].id);

For Select2 3.x and lower

Single select:

var data = $('your-original-element').select2('data');
if(data) {
  alert(data.text);
}

Note that when there is no selection, the variable 'data' will be null.

Multi select:

var data = $('your-original-element').select2('data')
alert(data[0].text);
alert(data[0].id);
alert(data[1].text);
alert(data[1].id);

From the 3.x docs:

data Gets or sets the selection. Analogous to val method, but works with objects instead of ids.

data method invoked on a single-select with an unset value will return null, while a data method invoked on an empty multi-select will return [].

~ Answered on 2013-11-06 14:26:54


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