jQuery Checkboxes: Select All, Select None, and Invert Selection

A demonstration of selecting checkboxes using jQuery.We start off with a bunch of checkboxes:

<fieldset id="group_1">
    <input type="checkbox" name="numbers[]" value="0" />
    <input type="checkbox" name="numbers[]" value="1" />
    <input type="checkbox" name="numbers[]" value="2" />
    <input type="checkbox" name="numbers[]" value="3" />
    <input type="checkbox" name="numbers[]" value="4" />
    <input type="checkbox" name="numbers[]" value="5" />
    <input type="checkbox" name="numbers[]" value="6" />
    <input type="checkbox" name="numbers[]" value="7" />
    <input type="checkbox" name="numbers[]" value="8" />
    <input type="checkbox" name="numbers[]" value="9" />

Now, we add some links:

<a rel="group_1" href="#select_all">Select All</a>
<a rel="group_1" href="#select_none">Select None</a>
<a rel="group_1" href="#invert_selection">Invert Selection</a>

The rel attribute is equal to the ID of the containing element of the checkbox group. In this example the containing element is a fieldset, but it could be a DIV, P, UL, etc.

Now, we add behaviors using jQuery:

<script type="text/javascript">
    $(document).ready( function() {

        // Select all
        $("A[href='#select_all']").click( function() {
            $("#" + $(this).attr('rel') + " INPUT[type='checkbox']").attr('checked', true);
            return false;

        // Select none
        $("A[href='#select_none']").click( function() {
            $("#" + $(this).attr('rel') + " INPUT[type='checkbox']").attr('checked', false);
            return false;

        // Invert selection
        $("A[href='#invert_selection']").click( function() {
            $("#" + $(this).attr('rel') + " INPUT[type='checkbox']").each( function() {
                $(this).attr('checked', !$(this).attr('checked'));
            return false;


To add the same functionality to another group of checkboxes, create more links and adjust the rel attribute accordingly:

<a rel="group_2" href="#select_all">Select All</a>
<a rel="group_2" href="#select_none">Select None</a>
<a rel="group_2" href="#invert_selection">Invert Selection</a>
<a rel="group_3" href="#select_all">Select All</a>
<a rel="group_3" href="#select_none">Select None</a>
<a rel="group_3" href="#invert_selection">Invert Selection</a>
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