Livewire Nice Select

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Nice Select is a lightweight jQuery plugin that replaces native select elements with customizable dropdowns. I wanted to make a reactive dropdown with livewire and using the nice select plugin. But it wasn’t working as expected. Livewire was not able to bind the <select> to a property.

This happened because nice select is a jQuery plugin and emits jQuery events, and not native DOM events. Livewire normally listens for a native change event when wire:model is attached to an element.

To make this work what I end up doing was to register an event listener manually. It was done like so:

 1 <div wire:ignore\>
 2<select class\="nice-select"\>
 3  <option data-display\="Select"\>Nothing</option\>
 4  <option value\="1"\>Some option</option\>
 5  <option value\="2"\>Another option</option\>
 6  <option value\="3" disabled\>A disabled option</option\>
 7  <option value\="4"\>Potato</option\>
14    $(document).ready(function() {
15        $('.nice-select').niceSelect();
16        $('.nice-select').on('change', function (e) {
17            @this.set('selectedModel',;
18        });
19    });

So right now everytime the select element changes livewire will recieve the event and set the $selectedModel property to the value of the select element. And also to tell Livewire to skip the DOM-diffing for certain parts of the DOM I used wire:ignore directive on the parent div.