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

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).

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