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Select Item

This help article showcases how to operate with the items of a RadCheckBoxList on the server side or client side.

Select Item Server Side

To select a particular item of a RadCheckBoxList, you should set the Selected property of the target item to true.

Example 1: Select a ButtonListItem from the markup.

<telerik:RadCheckBoxList ID="RadCheckBoxList" runat="server">
        <telerik:ButtonListItem Text="Item 1" Value="0" Selected="true" />
        <telerik:ButtonListItem Text="Item 2" Value="1" />

Example 2: Select a ButtonListItem from the code behind.

protected void Page_Init(object sender, EventArgs e)
    RadCheckBoxList1.Items[0].Selected = true;
Protected Sub Page_Init(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
    RadCheckBoxList1.Items(1).Selected = True
End Sub

For a data-bound scenario you can use the SelectedIndex of the control (Example 3).

Example 3: Data bind the selected state of a RadCheckBoxList.

<telerik:RadGrid RenderMode="Lightweight" runat="server" ID="RadGrid1" Width="150px">
    <MasterTableView AutoGenerateColumns="false">
            <telerik:GridTemplateColumn DataField="SelectToggleStateField" HeaderText="SelectToggleStateField">
                    <telerik:RadCheckBoxList ID="RadCheckBoxList1" runat="server" SelectedIndex='<%#Eval("SelectState") %>'>
                            <telerik:ButtonListItem Text="Item 1" Value="0" />
                            <telerik:ButtonListItem Text="Item 2" Value="1" />
                            <telerik:ButtonListItem Text="Item 3" Value="2" />
public void Page_Init(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
    if (!IsPostBack)
        DataTable dt = new DataTable();
        dt.Columns.Add("SelectState", typeof(int));
        RadGrid1.DataSource = dt;
Public Sub Page_Init(sender As Object, e As System.EventArgs)
    If Not IsPostBack Then
        Dim dt As New DataTable()
        dt.Columns.Add("SelectState", GetType(Integer))
        RadGrid1.DataSource = dt
    End If
End Sub

The SelectedIndex property will not take effect if directly assigned with a value in the markup. The SelectedIndex property takes effect only when set from the code behind or integrated in a data-bound scenario in the markup (Example 3).

Get Selected Item Server Side

To get all selected items, you can loop over the Items collection and check for the item's Selected property.

To get the first selected item and first selected index you can use the SelectedItem and SelectedIndex properties of the RadCheckBoxList control.

Example 4: Get the selected items of the RadCheckBoxList from the code behind.

<telerik:RadCheckBoxList ID="RadCheckBoxList1" runat="server" OnSelectedIndexChanged="RadCheckBoxList1_SelectedIndexChanged">
        <telerik:ButtonListItem Text="Item 1" Value="0" />
        <telerik:ButtonListItem Text="Item 2" Value="1" Selected="true" />
        <telerik:ButtonListItem Text="Item 3" Value="2" />
protected void RadCheckBoxList1_SelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
    //get all selected items via a loop
    foreach (ButtonListItem item in RadCheckBoxList1.Items)
            Response.Write(string.Format("item with text {0} and value {1} is selected<br />", item.Text, item.Value));

    //get the first selected item through exposed properties
    int selectedIndex = RadCheckBoxList1.SelectedIndex;
    ButtonListItem selectedButtonListItem = RadCheckBoxList1.SelectedItem;
Protected Sub RadCheckBoxList1_SelectedIndexChanged(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
    'get all selected items via a loop
    For Each item As ButtonListItem In RadCheckBoxList1.Items
        If item.Selected Then
            Response.Write(String.Format("item with text {0} and value {1} is selected<br />", item.Text, item.Value))
        End If

    'get the first selected item through exposed properties
    Dim selectedIndex As Integer = RadCheckBoxList1.SelectedIndex
    Dim selectedButtonListItem As ButtonListItem = RadCheckBoxList1.SelectedItem
End Sub

The SelectedItem reference provides all its properties (e.g., Value, Text, Selected and Enabled).

Select Item Client Side

You can select a particular item of a RadCheckBoxList by passing the corresponding index in the set_selectedIndex() method of the control.

Another approach is to loop through the items via the get_items() method and use the set_selected() method each Telerik.Web.UI.ButtonListItem item provides.

Example 6: Select an item on the client side.

var checkboxlist = $find("<%=RadCheckBoxList1.ClientID%>");
//select item by index

//select item by another condition via its own methods
var items = checkboxlist.get_items();
for (var i = 0; i < items.length; i++) {
    if (items[i].get_text() == "Item 3") {
    else {

Get Selected Item Client Side

You can obtain the selected items, first selected item and first selected item index of RadCheckBoxList through the get_selectedItems(), get_selectedItem(), and get_selectedIndex() methods.

The get_selectedItems() method returns an array of Telerik.Web.UI.ButtonListItem items.

The get_selectedIndices() method provides an array of numbers that correspond to the indexes of the selected items.

Example 7: Reference items, selected item and selected index of the RadCheckBoxList through its client-side API.

var checkboxlist = $find("<%=RadCheckBoxList1.ClientID%>");
var items = checkboxlist.get_items();
//loop over all the items and use their selected state
var selItems = cbl.get_selectedItems();
for (var i = 0; i < selItems.length; i++) {
    console.log(String.format("text: {0} with value: {1}", selItems[i].get_text(), selItems[i].get_value()));
//get the first selected item
var selectedItem = checkboxlist.get_selectedItem();
var selectedIndex = checkboxlist.get_selectedIndex();

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