jQuery Load Complete Guide For Beginners and Experts

jQuery Load Complete Guide For Beginners and Experts

The jQuery Load method is the simplest yet powerful enough to fulfil all your AJAX needs. It can load data from any server files or database and places this into the matching element. All this is done with no page reloading.

jQuery Load Syntax

Its syntax is given below:


Parameter’s Description
  • url – The Required Parameter containing the URL to which the AJAX request is made. It could be any file like HTML, TXT, JS, ASP, PHP, CGI, etc.
  • data – The Optional Parameter that can be in the form of object or string. The parameter’s values are send with the request in the form of HTTP POST.
  • callback – The Optional Parameter, a function that is executed when the AJAX request completes. It’s syntax is Function(string response, string status, jqXHR jqXHR ).

The jqXHR object is a superset of the XMLHTTPRequest object. Use it if you receive an error during jQuery AJAX call, to find out the status and statusText of the error.

Example 1: Using jQuery Load to Fetch Contents of a Text File

Let’s use load() function to get the contents from a text file.

<button id="loadTextFile">Try</button>
<div id="textData"></div>
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.1.0/jquery.min.js"></script>
    $(document).ready(function () {
        $("#loadTextFile").click(function (e) {

Here in the button click event I called the load function which initiates the AJAX request to the “file.text” and then shows its content inside the “textData” div.


Capturing jQuery Load Error

If the jQuery Load functions gives some error (e.g. when initiating AJAX request to a non existing file) then I can use its 3rd optional parameter (callback function) to find the cause of this error.

<button id="loadNoTextFile">Try</button>
<div id="textNoData"></div>
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.1.0/jquery.min.js"></script>
$(document).ready(function () {
    $("#loadNoTextFile").click(function (e) {
        $("#textNoData").load("no-file.txt", function (response, status, xhr) {
            if (status == "error")
                $("#textNoData").html("Error: " + xhr.status + ": " + xhr.statusText);

I tried to make jQuery AJAX call to a non-existing file (nofile.txt) and used the callback function to know what caused this error. It will show “Error: 404: Not Found” message in the “textNoData” div.

The callback function is very helpful in debugging the code.


Example 2: Using jQuery Load to Fetch Contents of a HTML File

Suppose I want to fetch the contents of a HTML file from jQuery AJAX. Here I can use the load function to do this job. See the below code:

<button id="loadHtmlFile">Try</button>
<div id="htmlData"></div>
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.1.0/jquery.min.js"></script>
$(document).ready(function () {
    $("#loadHtmlFile").click(function (e) {

In the above code the whole HTML of the “file.html” is fetched and is shown inside the “htmlData” div.


Fetching a portion of DOM from an HTML File

Sometimes we are interested in fetching only a certain area of the DOM. It can be a table, paragraph, div or any other element. In that case, I can give the id or the class of the element to be fetches, after the file name.

In the below image I have marked a paragraph element that needs to be fetched.

jQuery Load to fetch a DOM portion of an HTML file

This thing can be easily done, by providing it’s id after the file name, in the jQuery load function.
The code for this is given below:

$("#htmlData").load("file.html #second");


Example 3: Using jQuery Load to Fetch Data From Database

In Database driven websites you can use jQuery Load for fetching data from the DB and then show it inside some control. This procedure involves 3 parts.

  • Fetching a portion of DOM from an server side page (.php, .aspx, etc) using load function.
  • In the server side page, get the data from the DB.
  • Put this data inside a control like div. This div is fetched by the jQuery load function.

To understand this let us create a small Sports Application in asp.net.

Sports Application – a DB powered & using jQuery Load Function

In this application there are 2 pages – a “HTML” and “.aspx” ones.

There are 2 dropdowns in the HTML page – one for the sports person’s name and other for the sports he/she plays.

After selecting the options from both the dropdowns and clicking the button, I call the jQuery Load function and pass the dropdown values to the .aspx page.

The .aspx page queries the DB and gets the sports person’s information. It then updates a div with this information.

Finally the load function fetches this div and shows the information to the user.

The below image describes this procedure.

jquery load working

The html page code is shown below:

<div id="message"></div>
<select id="sportSelect">
    <option value="Select">Select Sports</option>
    <option value="Tennis">Tennis</option>
    <option value="Football">Football</option>
    <option value="Cricket">Cricket</option>
<select id="playerSelect">
    <option value="Select">Select Sports Person</option>
    <option value="Maria Sharapova">Maria Sharapova</option>
    <option value="Cristiano Ronaldo">Cristiano Ronaldo</option>
    <option value="Sachin Tendulkar">Sachin Tendulkar</option>
<button id="loadDatabase">Try</button>
<div id="dbData"></div>

Now with jQuery Load I make AJAX request to the “result.aspx” page and fetches div with id “playerData” from it.

I also passed the values of the 2 dropdowns using the optional “data” parameter. I have also used the optional “callback” function to show alert in case of an error.

The div with id “dbData” will show the player’s information.

This jQuery code is given below:

$("#dbData").load("result.aspx #playerData", { "sport": "" + $("#sportSelect").val() + "", "player": "" + $("#playerSelect").val() + "" }, function (response, status, xhr) {
    if (status == "error")
        alert("Error: " + xhr.status + ": " + xhr.statusText);

Now let’s move towards the code of “results.aspx” page. It has only a div with id “playerData” where the player information will be set.

<div id="playerData" runat="server">

In the .cs page to get the dropdown values use the code like this:

string sport = Request.Form["sport"];
string player = Request.Form["player"];

Once I have the dropdown values, I can simply do a basic query in my DB and get the player’s information.

The .cs page code is given below:

List<MyDataBase> myDataBase;
protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    if (!IsPostBack)
void SearchDatabase()
    string sport = Request.Form["sport"];
    string player = Request.Form["player"];

        string information = myDataBase.FirstOrDefault(x => x.sport == sport & x.player == player).information;
        playerData.InnerHtml = information;
    catch (Exception ex) {
        playerData.InnerHtml = "NO DATA";
void LoadData()
    myDataBase = new List<MyDataBase>();
    myDataBase.Add(new MyDataBase() { sport = "Tennis", player = "Maria Sharapova", information = "Maria Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player. A United States resident since 1994,[4] Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five separate occasions, for a total of 21 weeks. She is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam. She is also an Olympic medalist, having earned silver for Russia in women's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London." });
    myDataBase.Add(new MyDataBase() { sport = "Football", player = "Cristiano Ronaldo", information = "Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He is a forward and serves as captain for Portugal. In 2008, he won his first Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. Ronaldo then won the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2013 and 2014. He received his fourth Ballon d'Or in 2016, the most for a European player in the history of the award. One year earlier, Ronaldo had scored his 500th senior career goal for club and country." });
    myDataBase.Add(new MyDataBase() { sport = "Cricket", player = "Sachin Tendulkar", information = "Sachin Tendulkar is a former Indian cricketer and captain, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time.[4] He took up cricket at the age of eleven, made his Test debut on 15 November 1989 against Pakistan in Karachi at the age of sixteen, and went on to represent Mumbai domestically and India internationally for close to twenty-four years. He is the only player to have scored one hundred international centuries, the first batsman to score a double century in a One Day International, the holder of the record for the number of runs in both ODI and Test cricket, and the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket." });

class MyDataBase
    public string sport { get; set; }
    public string player { get; set; }
    public string information { get; set; }

Explanation: You will note that in the above code I am using a “list” instead of DB. I am performing a linq query to fetch the respective player’s information. At the last, putting this information inside the “playerData” div.

The most important thing to note here is that the load function fetches the playerData div content and show it in the HTML page.

Try the code of this Sports Application and download it from the links below:


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