Javascript – How to toggle the check state of a radio input element on click


How to (un)check a radio input element on click of the element or its container?

I have tried the code below, but it does not uncheck the radio.


<div class="is">
    <label><input type="radio" name="check" class="il-radio" /> Is </label>
    <img src="picture" />


$(".is label, .is ").click(function () {
    if (!$(this).find(".il-radio").attr("checked")) {
        $(this).find(".il-radio").attr("checked", "checked");
    } else if ($(this).find(".il-radio").attr("checked") == "checked") {

Best Solution

You have to prevent the default behaviour. Currently, on click, the following happens:

  1. click event fires for the container (
  2. click event fires for the label.
  3. Since your function toggles a state, and the event listener is called twice, the outcome is that nothing seems to happen.

Corrected code (

$(".is").click(function(event) {
    var radio_selector = 'input[type="radio"]',

    // Ignore the event when the radio input is clicked.
    if (!$( {
        $radio = $(this).find(radio_selector);
        // Prevent the event to be triggered
        // on another element, for the same click
        // We manually check the box, so prevent default
        $radio.prop('checked', !$':checked'));
$(".il-radio").on('change click', function(event) {
    // The change event only fires when the checkbox state changes
    // The click event always fires

    // When the radio is already checked, this event will fire only once,
    //   resulting in an unchecked checkbox.
    // When the radio is not checked already, this event fires twice
    //   so that the state does not change
    this.checked = !this.checked;