Quick dropdowns: selectRange, selectYear, selectMonth

Today I want to share a small trick which I’ve found out only recently. Let’s say you need to have a select dropdown field with number range from X to Y – for example, birth year from 1900 to 2015. How would you do it?

In general PHP, you can write HTML and for loop:

<select name="year">
<? for ($year=1900; $year <= 2015; $year++): ?>
  <option value="<?=$year;?>"><?=$year;?></option>
<? endfor; ?>

Of course, in Laravel you have Form::select and you can pass array to it:

$years = [];
for ($year=1900; $year <= 2015; $year++) $years[$year] = $year;


{!! Form::select('year', $years) !!}

But seems also quite long for such a simple operation, right? Luckily, there is a better and more elegant way – meet function selectRange().

{!! Form::selectRange('year', 1900, 2015) !!}

And that’s it, here’s the dropdown result:


As you probably understood, selectRange() has three parameters – field name, range start number and end number. Unfortunately, there’s no parameter for step – so if you want to build a dropdown with numbers repeating every 2, every 5 or something – this function won’t work for you, you have to build it manually.

Bonus: selectYear() and selectMonth()

Also there are two extra similar functions in illuminate/html package.

Actually, there’s even shorter way to have a dropdown for years – with special function selectYear().

{!! Form::selectYear('year', 1900, 2015) !!}

It will produce the same result as the function selectRange() above.

And final tip – if you want to have dropdown of months – simple: selectMonth().

{!! Form::selectMonth('month') !!}

Here’s how the result looks:


So there you go – a few sweet helpers to make your code prettier and shorter.

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  1. it nice to see this, cos i work on API most of the time and instead of view i use JSON… but, Just a suggestion …
    You need to explicitly say to use some extra package https://laravelcollective.com/ cos this is true only in version 4.x but in 5.x version of Laravel it was removed from the core framework.

  2. How can i add a initial text with
    ` $currentYear=date(“Y”);
    selectYear(‘dateOfBirth’, 1900, $currentYear, ”, array(‘class’ => ‘form-control ‘,’id’ => ‘dateOfBirth’))`
    Currently I can only get the values from 1900 to 2017
    I need to add a text **Select Year** in the select field. How to make it with selectYear()

    • Here is how I did it, this will allow me to select the date of birth for a person age from16 years old 80 years.

      echo Form::selectRange(‘year’, \Carbon\Carbon::now()->year – 80, \Carbon\Carbon::now()->year – 16, null, [‘class’ => ‘form-control’,’required’ => ”]);


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