Questions › How can I determine the SelectedValue of a RadioButtonList in JavaScript?

I have an ASP.NET web page with a databound RadioButtonList. I do not know how many radio buttons will be rendered at design time. I need to determine the SelectedValue on the client via JavaScript. I've tried the following without much luck:

var reasonCode = document.getElementById("RadioButtonList1");
var answer = reasonCode.SelectedValue;  

("answer" is being returned as "undefined") Please forgive my JavaScript ignorance, but what am I doing wrong?

Thanks in advance.

12 Answers :
John Foster answered

ASP.NET renders a table and a bunch of other mark-up around the actual radio inputs. The following should work:-

 var list = document.getElementById("radios"); //Client ID of the radiolist
 var inputs = list.getElementsByTagName("input");
 var selected;
 for (var i = 0; i < inputs.length; i++) {
      if (inputs[i].checked) {
          selected = inputs[i];
  if (selected) {
Bob OMalley replied
This answer works best if you don't know how many radio buttons you will have displayed on the page. Thanks!;
TruthOf42 replied
I was really hoping for a more simpler answer, but I was unable to find anything better;
Golnaz Saraji replied
thank you so much! helped me to stop my confusion :);
Zara answered

Try this to get the selected value from the RadioButtonList.

var selectedvalue = $('#<%= yourRadioButtonList.ClientID %> input:checked').val()
mRizvandi replied
its a simple way by using jquery. thanks;
MikeW answered

I always View Source. You will find each radio button item to have a unique id you can work with and iterate through them to figure out which one is Checked.

Edit: found an example. I have a radio button list rbSearch. This is in an ascx called ReportFilter. In View Source I see


So you can either loop through document.getElementById("ReportFilter1_rbSearch_" + idx ) or have a switch statement, and see which one has .checked = true.

Richard Everett answered

RadioButtonList is an ASP.NET server control. This renders HTML to the browser that includes the radio button you are trying to manipulate using JavaScript.

I'd recommend using something like the IE Developer Toolbar (if you prefer Internet Explorer) or Firebug (if you prefer FireFox) to inspect the HTML output and find the ID of the radio button you want to manipulate in JavaScript.

Then you can use document.getElementByID("radioButtonID").checked from JavaScript to find out whether the radio button is selected or not.

baretta answered

The HTML equivalent to ASP.NET RadioButtonList, is a set of <input type="radio"> with the same name attribute(based on ID property of the RadioButtonList).

You can access this group of radio buttons using getElementsByName. This is a collection of radio buttons, accessed through their index.

alert( document.getElementsByName('RadioButtonList1') [0].checked );
MikeW replied
I didn't know that - nice one!;
Skuld answered
function CheckRadioListSelectedItem(name) {

    var radioButtons = document.getElementsByName(name);
    var Cells = radioButtons[0].cells.length;

    for (var x = 0; x < Cells; x++) {
        if (document.getElementsByName(name + '_' + x)[0].checked) {
            return x;

    return -1;
Erik Dekker answered

For a 'RadioButtonList with only 2 values 'yes' and 'no', I have done this:

var chkval=document.getElemenById("rdnPosition_0")

Here rdnposition_0 refers to the id of the yes ListItem. I got it by viewing the source code of the form.

Then I did chkval.checked to know if the value 'Yes' is checked.

Erik Dekker replied
The OP said: 'I do not know how many radio buttons will be rendered at design time'--> So he can't use static id's like that, because you don't know how many elements there will be. Now _0 is 'Yes' but when you change the buttons, _0 can be 'No'. Bad solution for maintainability;
Giulio Caccin answered

I would like to add the most straightforward solution to this problem:

var reasons= document.getElementsByName("<%=RadioButtonList1.UniqueID%>");
var answer;
for (var j = 0; j < reasons.length; j++) {
    if (reason[j].checked) {
        answer = reason[j].value;

UniqueID is the property that gave you the name of the inputs inside the control, so you can just check them really easily.

Mana replied
Awesome, this worked nicely for me, have been struggling with this for some time now, had problems finding my radiobuttonlist-control because it was inside a ContentPlaceHolder which messes the ID on rendering. By setting the ID with use of UniqueID worked perfectly. Thanks.;
Alex Reitbort answered


Tomalak replied
Are you sure that reasonCode will actually contain the form field? I would expect it to be the outer container element of the RadioButtonList.;
Sergii answered

From here:

if (RadioButtonList1.SelectedIndex > -1)


Label1.Text = "You selected: " + RadioButtonList1.SelectedItem.Text;


Benry replied
Those code samples are server side "runat=server". He's looking for client side code, which of course doesn't follow the ASP.NET object model.;
IsiahSlim answered

I've tried various ways of determining a RadioButtonList's SelectedValue in Javascript with no joy. Then I looked at the web page's HTML and realised that ASP.NET renders a RadioButtonList control to a web page as a single-column HTML table!

<table id="rdolst" border="0">
    <td><input id="rdolst_0" type="radio" name="rdolst" value="Option 1" /><label for="rdolst_0">Option 1</label></td>
    <td><input id="rdolst_1" type="radio" name="rdolst" value="Option 2" /><label for="rdolst_1">Option 2</label></td>

To access an individual ListItem on the RadioButtonList through Javascript, you need to reference it within the cell's child controls (known as nodes in Javascript) on the relevant row. Each ListItem is rendered as the first (zero) element in the first (zero) cell on its row.

This example loops through the RadioButtonList to display the SelectedValue:

var pos, rdolst;

for (pos = 0; pos < rdolst.rows.length; pos++) {
    if (rdolst.rows[pos].cells[0].childNodes[0].checked) {
        //^ Returns value of selected RadioButton

To select the last item in the RadioButtonList, you would do this:

rdolst.rows[rdolst.rows.length - 1].cells[0].childNodes[0].checked = true;

So interacting with a RadioButtonList in Javascript is very much like working with a regular table. Like I say I've tried most of the other solutions out there but this is the only one which works for me.

Vural Acar answered

I wanted to execute the ShowShouldWait script only if the Page_ClientValidate was true. At the end of the script, the value of b is returned to prevent the postback event in the case it is not valid.

In case anyone is curious, the ShouldShowWait call is used to only show the "please wait" div if the output type selected is "HTML" and not "CSV".

onclientclick="var isGood = Page_ClientValidate('vgTrxByCustomerNumber');if(isGood){ShouldShowWait('optTrxByCustomer');} return isGood"