jQuery check/uncheck radio button onclick

I have this code to check/uncheck a radio button onclick.

I know it is not good for the UI, but I need this.

$('#radioinstant').click(function() {     
  var checked = $(this).attr('checked', true);
    $(this).attr('checked', false);
    $(this).attr('checked', true);

The above function is not working.

If I click on the button, nothing changes. It remain checked. Why? Where is the error? I am not a jQuery expert. I am on jQuery 1.3.2

Just to be clear #radioinstant is the ID of the radio button.


If all you want to do is have a checkbox that checks, don’t worry about doing it with JQuery. That is default functionality of a checkbox on click. However, if you want to do additional things, you can add them with JQuery. Prior to jQuery 1.9, you can use use $(this).attr('checked'); to get the value instead of $(this).attr('checked', true);, as the second will set the value.

Here is a fiddle demonstration that shows the default checkbox functionality vs. what you are doing with JQuery.

Note: After JQuery 1.6, you should use $(this).prop; instead of $(this).attr in all three places (thanks @Whatevo for pointing this out and see here for further details).


Sorry, missed the requirement that it had to be a radio button. You still may want to consider the checkbox, but here is the updated code for the radio input version. It works by setting the previousValue as an attribute on the checkbox, as I don’t think prop is supported in 1.3.2. You could also do this in a scoped variable, as some people don’t like setting random attributes on fields. Here is the new example.


As Josh pointed out, the previous solution only worked with one radio button. Here’s a function that makes a group of radios deselectable by their name, and a fiddle:

var makeRadiosDeselectableByName = function(name){
    $('input[name=' + name + ']').click(function() {
        if($(this).attr('previousValue') == 'true'){
            $(this).attr('checked', false)
        } else {
            $('input[name=' + name + ']').attr('previousValue', false);

        $(this).attr('previousValue', $(this).attr('checked'));

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