jQuery: Test if checkbox is NOT checked


I'm having trouble figuring this out. I have two checkboxes (in the future will have more):

  • checkSurfaceEnvironment-1
  • checkSurfaceEnvironment-2

Basically, I want to write an if statement and test if one of them is checked and another is NOT checked. What's the easiest way to accomplish the following:

if ( $("#checkSurfaceEnvironment-1").attr('checked', true) &&
     $("#checkSurfaceEnvironment-2").is('**(NOT??)** :checked') ) {
        // do something

This question is tagged with jquery if-statement

~ Asked on 2012-07-11 19:37:05

The Best Answer is


One reliable way I use is:

if($("#checkSurfaceEnvironment-1").prop('checked') == true){
    //do something

If you want to iterate over checked elements use the parent element

    if ($(this).prop('checked')==true){ 
        //do something

More info:

This works well because all checkboxes have a property checked which stores the actual state of the checkbox. If you wish you can inspect the page and try to check and uncheck a checkbox, and you will notice the attribute "checked" (if present) will remain the same. This attribute only represents the initial state of the checkbox, and not the current state. The current state is stored in the property checked of the dom element for that checkbox.

See Properties and Attributes in HTML

~ Answered on 2012-07-11 19:39:47


if (!$("#checkSurfaceEnvironment-1").is(":checked")) {
    // do something if the checkbox is NOT checked

~ Answered on 2012-11-08 07:11:16

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