How do I attach events to dynamic HTML elements with jQuery? [duplicate]

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Suppose I have some jQuery code that attaches an event handler to all elements with class .myclass.

For example:

    $(".myclass").click( function() {
        // do something

And my HTML might be as follows:

<a class="myclass" href="#">test1</a>
<a class="myclass" href="#">test2</a>
<a class="myclass" href="#">test3</a>

That works with no problem.
However, consider if the .myclass elements were written to the page at some future time.

For example:

<a id="anchor1" href="#">create link dynamically</a>
<script type="text/javascript">
    $("#anchor1").click( function() {
        $("#anchor1").append('<a class="myclass" href="#">test4</a>');

In this case, the test4 link is created when a user clicks on a#anchor1.

The test4 link does not have the click() handler associated with it, even though it has class="myclass".

Basically, I would like to write the click() handler once and have it apply to both content present at page load, and content brought in later via AJAX / DHTML. Any idea how I can fix this?

First answer

I am adding a new answer to reflect changes in later jQuery releases. The .live() method is deprecated as of jQuery 1.7.


As of jQuery 1.7, the .live() method is deprecated. Use .on() to attach event handlers. Users of older versions of jQuery should use .delegate() in preference to .live().

For jQuery 1.7+ you can attach an event handler to a parent element using .on(), and pass the a selector combined with ‘myclass’ as an argument.


So instead of…

$(".myclass").click( function() {
    // do something

You can write…

$('body').on('click', 'a.myclass', function() {
    // do something

This will work for all a tags with ‘myclass’ in the body, whether already present or dynamically added later.

The body tag is used here as the example had no closer static surrounding tag, but any parent tag that exists when the .on method call occurs will work. For instance a ul tag for a list which will have dynamic elements added would look like this:

$('ul').on('click', 'li', function() {
    alert( $(this).text() );

As long as the ul tag exists this will work (no li elements need exist yet).

Second answer

After jQuery 1.7 the preferred methods are .on() and .off()

Sean’s answer shows an example.

Now Deprecated:

Use the jQuery functions .live() and .die(). Available in
jQuery 1.3.x

From the docs:

To display each paragraph’s text in an
alert box whenever it is clicked:

$("p").live("click", function(){
  alert( $(this).text() );

Also, the livequery plugin does this and has support for more events.

Third answer

If you’re adding a pile of anchors to the DOM, look into event delegation instead.

Here’s a simple example:

$('#somecontainer').click(function(e) {   
  var $target = $(;   
  if ($target.hasClass("myclass")) {
    // do something
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