I'm not able to copy an Input Field value to multiple fields using Javascript

I have been working on this system for a while now, and I've run into a small problem.

What I want to do: Copy all the data entered in an input field with id 'totalentered' into all the input fields with id 'totalclasses'

What is happening instead: There are multiple fields with the id 'totalclasses', generated using a while loop in PHP. However, the data is only being copied to the first input field with id 'totalclasses', rest of them remaining unchanged.

I'm just not able to figure out what's wrong. Here's my HTML+PHP code

<input type="text" class="form-control" placeholder="Total Classes Taken" id="totalentered">
<!--PHP Code, deleted because it would make reading this post too tiresome-->
<th scope="row"><?=$row['rollnumber']?></th>
<td><?php echo $selectedmonth; ?></td>
<td><input data-parsley-type="digits" type="text" class="form-control" placeholder="Classes Attended" name="attended<?= $cnt; ?>" id="attended"></td>
<td><input data-parsley-type="digits" type="text" class="form-control" placeholder="Total Classes Taken" id="totalclasses" name="totalclasses<?= $cnt; ?>"></td>
<input type="hidden" name="student_id<?= $cnt; ?>" value="<?=$student_id?>">
<input type="hidden" name="testmarks<?= $cnt; ?>" value="0">
<input type="hidden" name="assignmentmarks<?= $cnt; ?>" value="0">
<input type="hidden" name="submitted" value="true">

Here's my JavaScript code which should be doing the job:

<script type="text/javascript">
        $(document).ready(function() {
        $(function() {                                       // <== Doc Ready
            $("#totalentered").change(function() {           // When the total number of classes are changed
                $('#totalclasses').val(this.value);          // copy it over to the individual student for convenience

Anyone who can help me out with what's wrong? Thanks in advance!

I also agree that you should not use more than one id with the same name in your HTML. The great thing about jquery though is that you can use a number of ways to lookup an element. For instance:

<input myInput="great">Some text</a>
$( "input[myInput|='great']" ).val(this.value); //Search for an attribute name value pair
$( "input[myInput]" ).val(this.value); //Just search for an attribute name
$( "input[myInput*='eat']" ).val(this.value ); //star based search

You can see a full list of all available css selectors here:


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You should not have multiple elements with the same id. In your PHP code, change the totalclasses into a class attribute.

Then replace




From the jQuery docs:

Each id value must be used only once within a document. If more than one element has been assigned the same ID, queries that use that ID will only select the first matched element in the DOM. This behavior should not be relied on, however; a document with more than one element using the same ID is invalid.

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Write id in input field as id="totalclasses"

<script type="text/javascript">
    $(document).ready(function() {
    $(function() {                                       
        $("#totalentered").change(function() { 
            var cnt = "<?php echo $cnt ?>";
            $('#totalclasses' + cnt).val(this.value);         

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  • There are multiple fields with the id 'totalclasses' - The id attribute must be unique, so you will need to change this.
  • Any idea what alterations I can make, to get the desired result? I need it to be replicated into all those fields which are being generated...
  • Use class instead ... Id will work only for first element
  • Also, I forgot to mention, it was working when I originally wrote this code for multiple fields with the same ID, for some unknown reason.
  • @AshishKumar the class is same even for fields which aren't supposed to have that data, for styling purposes - that's the reason I didn't use class
  • Thanks - this was perfect.
  • Class is same even for fields which aren't supposed to have that data, for styling purposes - that's the reason I didn't use class...