jQuery MultiSelect Widget

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Looking for a jQuery MultiSelect Widget that can handle thousands of items.

Really like this: http://www.quasipartikel.at/multiselect/ but the performance on it after a few hundred items is terrible.


2012-04-03 20:30
by Ryan Mulready
I'd suggest you design it differently; a 1000+ multi-select sounds awful to use - Mathletics 2012-04-03 20:35


I don't think there's a Javascript widget in existence that won't bring your browser to a grinding halt if you try to select thousands of items. First of all, who is going to want to scroll through a list of thousands of items?

If your potential list of items is really long, I'd recommend something like jQuery UI Autocomplete that can use AJAX to send a much smaller subset of items based on key strokes. Here's an example that allows multiple selections: http://jqueryui.com/demos/autocomplete/#multiple-remote

However, you're not going to want to use this to choose "thousands of items". You may argue that you need a control that allows you to click on an item, scroll down a few hundred rows, then Ctrl-click to choose them all. That's where a better design comes in. How are those hundreds of rows related? Can you create a hierarchy of groups to choose from? As I said before, any control you attempt to do this sort of thing with is going to perform horribly.

2012-04-03 20:56
by Dan A.
Good response, I wish my boss agreed with your theory on performance ; - Ryan Mulready 2012-04-03 21:12
@ResidualEnvy Well, your boss certainly doesn't have to agree with me if he/she enjoys unnecessary pain. ;) Unfortunately, I know first-hand how awful long multi-select lists can perform. I used to maintain an application that used these on a search screen. cringeDan A. 2012-04-03 21:19


This widget works surprising well with approx. 5000 items. I tested in FireFox...


2012-08-15 22:00
by Gil Birman