jQuery: Selector Reference

Selector Pattern Example Description
Element name $('div') Selects all <div> elements
:first $('div:first') Selects first <div> element in a DOM hierarchy.
:last $('div:last') Selects last <div> element in a DOM hierarchy.
Multiple elements $('p, div, code') Selects <p>,<div> and <code> elements
parent descendant $('div p') Selects all <p> elements which is descendant of <div>
parent child $('div > p') Selects <p> element which is child of <div>
* $(*) Selects all elements
#Id $("#myDiv") Selects element whose id is myDiv
element#id $("div#myDiv") Selects <div> element whose Id is myDiv
#id, #id $("#myDiv1, #myDiv2") Selects multiple elements whose id is myDiv1 or myDiv2.
.class $(".myCSSClass") Selects all the elements with class=myCSSClass.
.class .class $(".myCSSClass1, .myCSSClass2 ") Finds all elements whose class attribute is set to myCSSClass1 or myCSSClass2
element.class $("div.myCSSClass") Finds all <div> elements with class=myCSSClass
:first-child $("p:first-child") Selects all <p> elements which is the first child of its parent element. (parent element can be anything)
:last-child $("p:last-child") Selects all <p> elements which is the last child of its parent element. (parent element can be anything)
:nth-child(n) $("p:nth-child(5)") Selects all <p> elements which is the 5th child of its parent element. (parent element can be anything)
:nth-last-child(n) $("p:nth-last-child(2)") Selects all <p> elements which is the 2nd last child of its parent element. (parent element can be anything)
:only-child $("p:only-child") Selects all <p> elements which is the only child of its parent element. (parent element can be anything)
[attribute] $('[class]') Selects all the elements with the class attribute(whatever the value).
[element[attribute] $("div[class]") Selects all the <div> elements that have a class attribute(whatever the value).
element[attribute = value] $("div[class='myCls']") Selects all the <div> elements whose class attributes are equal to myCls.
element[attribute |= value] $("div[class|= 'myCls']") Selects all the <div> elements whose class attributes are either equal to myCls or starting with myCls string followed by a hyphen (-).
element[attribute *= "value"] $("div[class *= 'myCls']") Selects <div> elements whose class attributes contains myCls.
element[attribute ~= "value"] $("div[class ~= 'myCls']") Selects div elements whose class attributes contains myCls, delimited by spaces.
element[attribute $= "value"] $("div[class $= 'myCls']") Selects <div> elements whose class attribute value ends with myCls. The comparison is case sensitive.
element[attribute != "value"] $("div[class != 'myCls']") Selects <div> elements which do not have class attribute or value does not equal to myCls.
element[attribute ^= "value"] $("div[class ^= 'myCls']") Selects <div> elements whose class attribute value starts with myCls.
:contains("value") $("div:contains('tutorialsteacher')" Selects all <div> elements that contains the text 'tutorialsteacher'
:input $(":input") Selects all input elements.
:button $(":button") Selects all input elements where type="button".
:radio $(":radio") Selects all input types where type="radio"
:text $(":radio") Selects all input elements where type="text" .
":checkbox" $(":checkbox") Selects all checkbox elements.
:submit $(":submit") Selects all input elements where type="submit".
:password $(":password") Selects all input elements where type="password".
:reset $(":reset") Selects all input elements where type="reset".
:image $(':image') Selects all input elements where type="image".
:file $(':file') Selects all input elements where type="file".
:enabled $(':enabled') Selects all enabled input elements.
:disabled $(':disabled') Selects all disabled input elements.
:selected $(':selected') Selects all selected input elements.
:checked $(':checked') Selects all checked input elements.
:hidden $(':hidden') Selects all hidden elements.
:visible $(':visible') Selects all visible elements.
:odd $('tr:odd') Selects all odd rows. (1,3,5,7..)
:even $('tr:even') Selects all even rows.(0,2,4,6..)