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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 CheckBoxListItem from the markup.

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

Example 2: Select a CheckBoxListItem 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:CheckBoxListItem Text="Item 1" Value="0" />
                            <telerik:CheckBoxListItem Text="Item 2" Value="1" />
                            <telerik:CheckBoxListItem 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 the selected item and selected index you can use the SelectedItem and SelectedIndex properties of the RadCheckBoxList control.

Example 4: Get SelectedIndex and SelectedItem of the RadCheckBoxList from the code behind.

<telerik:RadCheckBoxList ID="RadCheckBoxList1" runat="server" OnSelectedIndexChanged="RadCheckBoxList1_SelectedIndexChanged">
        <telerik:CheckBoxListItem Text="Item 1" Value="0" />
        <telerik:CheckBoxListItem Text="Item 2" Value="1" Selected="true" />
        <telerik:CheckBoxListItem Text="Item 3" Value="2" />
protected void RadCheckBoxList1_SelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
    int selectedIndex = RadCheckBoxList1.SelectedIndex;
    CheckBoxListItem selectedCheckBoxListItem = RadCheckBoxList1.SelectedItem;
Protected Sub RadCheckBoxList1_SelectedIndexChanged(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
    Dim selectedIndex As Integer = RadCheckBoxList1.SelectedIndex
    Dim selectedCheckBoxListItem As CheckBoxListItem = RadCheckBoxList1.SelectedItem
End Sub

The selected item 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.

Example 6: Select an item on the client side.

var checkboxlist = $find("<%=RadCheckBoxList1.ClientID%>");

Get Selected Item Client Side

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

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();
var selectedItem = checkboxlist.get_selectedItem();
var selectedIndex = checkboxlist.get_selectedIndex();

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