Building a React Material-UI Select Dropdown Component: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

Material-UI is a popular React library that provides a set of customizable, accessible, and responsive UI components that implement Google’s Material Design guidelines. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the process of creating a Material-UI Select dropdown component in a React application.


To follow this tutorial, you should have:

  • A basic understanding of React and JavaScript
  • Node.js and npm installed on your local development environment
  • A code editor like Visual Studio Code
  1. Setting Up the React Project

First, let’s create a new React project using create-react-app:

npx create-react-app material-ui-select-example

Change into the project directory:

cd material-ui-select-example
  1. Installing Material-UI

Next, install the Material-UI core and icons packages:

npm install @mui/material @emotion/react @emotion/styled
npm install @mui/icons-material
  1. Creating the Select Dropdown Component

Create a new file called SelectDropdown.js inside the src folder of your project. We’ll build our Select dropdown component in this file.

Start by importing the necessary Material-UI components and icons:

import React from 'react';
import MenuItem from '@mui/material/MenuItem';
import FormControl from '@mui/material/FormControl';
import Select from '@mui/material/Select';
import InputLabel from '@mui/material/InputLabel';

Next, create a functional React component for the Select dropdown:

const SelectDropdown = () => {
  const [selectedValue, setSelectedValue] = React.useState('');

  const handleChange = (event) => {

  return (
    <FormControl fullWidth variant="outlined">
      <InputLabel htmlFor="demo-simple-select">Choose an option</InputLabel>
        label="Choose an option"
          name: 'demo-simple-select',
          id: 'demo-simple-select',
        <MenuItem value="option1">Option 1</MenuItem>
        <MenuItem value="option2">Option 2</MenuItem>
        <MenuItem value="option3">Option 3</MenuItem>

export default SelectDropdown;

In this component, we:

  • Initialize a state variable, selectedValue, to store the selected value
  • Create a handleChange function to update the selectedValue state when the user selects an option
  • Use the Material-UI FormControl, InputLabel, Select, and MenuItem components to render the Select dropdown
  1. Using the Select Dropdown Component

Now, we’ll use the SelectDropdown component in our main App component. Open the src/App.js file and replace its content with the following:

import React from 'react';
import './App.css';
import SelectDropdown from './SelectDropdown';
import Container from '@mui/material/Container';
import Box from '@mui/material/Box';

function App() {
  return (
    <Container maxWidth="sm">
      <Box sx={{ mt: 4 }}>
        <SelectDropdown />

export default App;

We import the SelectDropdown component, as well as the Material-UI Container and Box components for basic layout and styling. Then, we render the SelectDropdown component inside a Box, which is nested within a Container.

  1. Running the Application

Finally, run the application using the following command:

npm start

This command will start the development server, and your browser should automatically open the application at http://localhost:3000. You’ll see the Material-UI Select dropdown component on the page, and you can interact with it to see how it works.


In this tutorial, we demonstrated how to create a Material-UI Select dropdown component in a React application. By using Material-UI components, you can quickly build visually appealing and responsive UI elements that follow Google’s Material Design guidelines. This will help you create more consistent and user-friendly interfaces for your web applications.


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