How to Insert an Item Combobox in PHP


Combo boxes or drop-down menus are a staple in online forms. Combo boxes often show a list of common choices, such as a list of countries or states, to make it easier and faster for users to fill out a form. Using the Web programming language PHP, you can create a combo box with items generated by PHP itself. The use of PHP arrays, let you define items to be placed in a combo box. The same method can also be used to populate a combo box with items from a database.

  • Open a new file in Notepad.

  • Type in the PHP code to place combo box items in an array:


    $items = array ('apple','banana','orange');


  • Add the HTML code for the combo box:

    <select name="select">

    <option value="Choose a fruit" selected>Choose a fruit</option>

  • Insert the array items within the combo box using a PHP loop:


    for each ($items as $value) {


    <option value="<?php echo $value; ?>"><?php echo $value; ?></option>





  • Save it as a PHP file.

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