Country Select JS

A jQuery plugin for selecting a country, based on the excellent International Telephone Input plugin. It adds a flag dropdown to any input, which lists all the countries in English and the predominant national language next to their flags.

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Try it for yourself using the included demo.html.


  • Automatically select the country as the user types
  • Navigate the country dropdown by typing a country’s name, or using up/down keys
  • Selecting a country from the dropdown will update the country name in the input
  • Dropdown appears above or below the input depending on available space/scroll position
  • Lots of initialisation options for customisation, as well as public methods for interaction
  • Can optionally update a related field with the two-letter ISO country code on selection

Getting Started

  1. Download the latest version

  2. Link the stylesheet (note that this references the image flags.png)

<link rel="stylesheet" href="build/css/countrySelect.css">
  1. Add the plugin script and initialise it on your input element

<input type="text" id="country">

<script src=""></script>
<script src="build/js/countrySelect.min.js"></script>
  1. Optional: add an extra input field (with type hidden or text) named the same as your selector input appended with “_code”. This will automatically be updated with the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code for the selected country.

<input type="text" id="country" />
<input type="hidden" id="country_code" />

<script src=""></script>
<script src="build/js/countrySelect.min.js"></script>


Pass an (optional) object as a parameter to the countrySelect method when initializing the selector.

  defaultCountry: "jp",
  onlyCountries: ['us', 'gb', 'ch', 'ca', 'do', 'jp'],
  preferredCountries: ['ca', 'gb', 'us'],
  responsiveDropdown: true

Note: any options that take country codes should be lower case ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 codes

Type: String Default: ""
Set the default country by it’s country code. Otherwise it will just be the first country in the list.

Type: Array Default: undefined
Display only the countries you specify. Takes an array of country codes.

Type: Array Default: undefined
Display only the countries not specified. Takes an array of country codes.

Type: Array Default: ["us", "gb"]
Specify the countries to appear at the top of the list.

Type: Boolean Default: false
Set the dropdown’s width to be the same as the input. This is automatically enabled for small screens.

Type: Object Default: {}
Allows to translate the countries by its given iso code e.g.:

{ 'de': 'Deutschland' }

Public Methods

Remove the plugin from the input, and unbind any event listeners.


Get the country data for the currently selected flag.

var countryData = $("#country").countrySelect("getSelectedCountryData");

Returns something like this:

  name: "Afghanistan (‫افغانستان‬‎)",
  iso2: "af",

Change the country selection (e.g. when the user is entering their address).

$("#country").countrySelect("selectCountry", "gb");

Insert a country name, and update the selected flag accordingly.

$("#country").countrySelect("setCountry", "United States");

Static Methods

Get all of the plugin’s country data.

var countryData = $.fn.countrySelect.getCountryData();

Returns an array of country objects:

  name: "Afghanistan (‫افغانستان‬‎)",
  iso2: "af",
}, ...]

Set all of the plugin’s country data.



Image path
Depending on your project setup, you may need to override the path to flags.png in your CSS.

.country-select-input .flag {background-image: url("path/to/flags.png");}

Full width input
If you want your input to be full-width, you need to set the container to be the same i.e.

.country-select-input {width: 100%;}

Input margin
For the sake of alignment, the default CSS forces the input’s vertical margin to 0px. If you want vertical margin, you should add it to the container (with class country-select-input).

Displaying error messages
If your error handling code inserts an error message before the <input> it will break the layout. Instead you must insert it before the container (with class country-select-input).

Dropdown position
The dropdown should automatically appear above/below the input depending on the available space. For this to work properly, you must only initialise the plugin after the <input> has been added to the DOM.


Contributions and improvements to the library are welcome! For instructions on contributing to a project on Github, see this guide: Fork A Repo.

If you are treating the library as a Node package, the following will be relevant to you.

To start a local devserver with source code live reload install the dependencies with:

$ npm install

And run:

$ gulp

To transpile the scss source, minify and prepare your changes at src to build run:

$ gulp build



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