Moving Items from one ListBox to another ListBox using Jquery

Jquery can do this real quick and with good user experience. You might need to style it up a bit.

UI code:

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="Test.aspx.cs" Inherits="Test" %>

 <!DOCTYPE html>

 <html xmlns="">
 <head runat="server">
  <script src="Scripts/jquery-1.7.1.js"></script>


 $(document).ready(function () {

 var productLineId = $("#ddlProductLine").val();
  var lBox = $('select[id$=lbCountriesAll]');
  var lBox2 = $('select[id$=lbSelectedCountries]');

 $("#btnSelect").click(function (e) {

 var selectedValues = $('#lbCountriesAll option:selected');
  if(selectedValues.length == 0)
  alert('Please select a country.');

 if (selectedValues.length > 3) {
  alert('You cannot select more than 3 countries.');
  else {
  var children = $('#lbSelectedCountries').children();
  if (children.length >= 3) {
  alert('You cannot select more than 3 countries.');
  else {


 $("#btnUnSelect").click(function (e) {

 var selectedValues = $('#lbSelectedCountries option:selected');
  if (selectedValues.length == 0) {
  alert('Please select a country.');





  <form id="form1" runat="server">



 <asp:ListBox ID="lbCountriesAll" runat="server" Width="200px" Height="350px" SelectionMode="Multiple" ></asp:ListBox></td>

  <asp:Button ID="btnSelect" runat="server" Text=">>"></asp:Button><br />
  <asp:Button ID="btnUnSelect" runat="server" Text="<<"></asp:Button>
  <asp:ListBox ID="lbSelectedCountries" runat="server" Width="200px" Height="350px" SelectionMode="Multiple"></asp:ListBox></td>



The above code will transfer the items from one Listbox to another and can also limit the number of items a user can transfer. You can remove that code if you do not need it.

Code Behind:The code below only binds the Listbox with some countries.

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
 if (!IsPostBack)
 lbCountriesAll.DataSource = GetCountries();
 lbCountriesAll.DataTextField = "Name";
 lbCountriesAll.DataValueField = "ID";



public static List<Country> GetCountries()
 List<Country> Countries = new List<Country>()
 new Country() { ID=4, Name="Afghanistan"},
 new Country() { ID=918, Name="Åland Islands"},
 new Country() { ID=8, Name="Albania"},
 new Country() { ID=12, Name="Algeria"},
 new Country() { ID=16, Name="American Samoa"},
 new Country() { ID=20, Name="Andorra"},
 new Country() { ID=24, Name="Angola"},
 new Country() { ID=660, Name="Anguilla"},
 new Country() { ID=10, Name="Antarctica"},
 new Country() { ID=28, Name="Antigua and Barbuda"},
 new Country() { ID=32, Name="Argentina"},
 new Country() { ID=51, Name="Armenia"},
 new Country() { ID=533, Name="Aruba"},
 new Country() { ID=36, Name="Australia"},
 new Country() { ID=40, Name="Austria"},
 new Country() { ID=31, Name="Azerbaijan"},
 new Country() { ID=44, Name="Bahamas, The"},
 new Country() { ID=48, Name="Bahrain"},
 new Country() { ID=50, Name="Bangladesh"},
 new Country() { ID=52, Name="Barbados"},
 new Country() { ID=112, Name="Belarus"},
 new Country() { ID=56, Name="Belgium"},
 new Country() { ID=84, Name="Belize"},
 new Country() { ID=204, Name="Benin"},
 new Country() { ID=60, Name="Bermuda"},
 new Country() { ID=64, Name="Bhutan"},
 new Country() { ID=68, Name="Bolivia"},
 new Country() { ID=912, Name="Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba"},
 new Country() { ID=70, Name="Bosnia and Herzegovina"},
 new Country() { ID=72, Name="Botswana"},
 new Country() { ID=74, Name="Bouvet Island"},
 new Country() { ID=76, Name="Brazil"},
 new Country() { ID=86, Name="British Indian Ocean Territory"},
 new Country() { ID=96, Name="Brunei"},
 new Country() { ID=100, Name="Bulgaria"},
 new Country() { ID=854, Name="Burkina Faso"},
 new Country() { ID=108, Name="Burundi"}


return Countries;


I am using a web application to demonstrate here. You can use the same code in MVC too, only thing you need to change is the URL you are pointing to in $.ajax call. It would point to an action method from a controller class.
Similarly, you can use the same code with HTML 5 app, only the Url will point to some Http service.

I hope it helps!



About saxenapraveen

I have 14 years of experience in enterprise software development,designing and leading team to provide reliable and scalable solutions for cloud and device ready businesses.

Posted on March 1, 2013, in .NET, ASP.NET MVC, Asp.Net WebForms, Javascript, Jquery, Jquery. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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