Can a Knockout observable be data bound to the value of a radio button?

Is it possible to bind a Knockout observable property to a radio button using a value binding?

Here's what I'm trying to do, but the value ends up being the string "[Object object]" instead of the actual instance of my observable property:

<input type="radio" name="vehicleGroup" data-bind="checked: vehicleGroupViewModel().selectedGroupOption , value:vehicleGroupViewModel().car" />

<input type="radio" name="vehicleGroup" data-bind="checked: vehicleGroupViewModel().selectedGroupOption , value:vehicleGroupViewModel().truck" />

Here's the view models I'm using:

var VehicleGroupViewModel = function(){
    var self = this;
    this.selectedVehicleGroup = ko.observable();
    this.selectedGroupOption = ko.observable();
    this.selectedGroupOption.subscribe(function (newVal) {
    this.selectedGroup = ko.observable(); = ko.observable(new VehicleViewModel());
    this.truck = ko.observable(new VehicleViewModel());

var VehicleViewModel = function(){ = ko.observable();

So in the end I would like either the Car or Truck VehicleViewModel to be in the selectedVehicleGroup observable.



As documented here only Select nodes have the ability to bind an arbitrary JavaScript object to a value. Other inputs require a string value, which is why your value is returning "[Object object]".

You can still do what you want but you will have to manually map a key and find the appropriate object yourself. Here is a fiddle that demonstrates:


FYI for other readers coming to the accepted answer, KO v3 added the checkedValue binding which now makes this possible.


I needed this too. My solution was similar to John Earles except I used a computed instead of subscribe:

self.selectedVehicleGroup = ko.computed(function(){
    return ko.utils.arrayFirst(self.availableGroups(), function (group) { return == self.selectedGroupOption(); });


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