kjb kjb - 3 months ago 77x
jQuery Question

Prevent select2 from flipping the dropdown upward

As per title, is there a way to force select2 to always create a dropdown instead of a drop-up?

There also appears to be some javascript that is either causing the flip when you scroll above the dropdown, adding a new CSS class "select2-drop-above", or both.

EDIT: I should've specified that I'm pulling the library in via select2-rails. I'm hoping there is a way around this that doesn't involve pulling the whole select2 lib in myself and editing the select2.js file directly.


Modifying the plugin is not preferred as you mention. I had a similar issue and couldn't find an way to use select2 options to force the dropdown to stay below. The solution I ended up with is the following:

$("#mySelect2").select2({ ...options... })
    .on('select2-open', function() {

        // however much room you determine you need to prevent jumping
        var requireHeight = 600;
        var viewportBottom = $(window).scrollTop() + $(window).height();

        // figure out if we need to make changes
        if (viewportBottom < requireHeight) 
            // determine how much padding we should add (via marginBottom)
            var marginBottom = requireHeight - viewportBottom;

            // adding padding so we can scroll down
            $(".aLwrElmntOrCntntWrppr").css("marginBottom", marginBottom + "px");

            // animate to just above the select2, now with plenty of room below
            $('html, body').animate({
                scrollTop: $("#mySelect2").offset().top - 10
            }, 1000);

This code determines if there is enough room to place the dropdown at the bottom and if not, creates it by adding margin-bottom to some element on the page. It then scrolls to just above the select2 so that the dropdown won't flip.