How To Add Attribute In Jquery

Adding attributes to HTML elements is a common task when working with web development. With jQuery, we can easily manipulate the DOM and add or modify attributes of HTML elements. This blog post will guide you through the process of adding attributes to elements using jQuery.


Make sure to include the jQuery library in your project. You can either download it and include it locally or use a CDN. Here’s an example of how to include it using Google’s CDN:

<script src=""></script>

Using the .attr() Method

jQuery provides the .attr() method to add, modify or retrieve the value of an attribute of a selected element. It has the following syntax:

$(selector).attr(attributeName, value);

Where the selector is the element you want to add the attribute to, attributeName is the name of the attribute, and value is the value you want to set for the attribute.

Adding a Single Attribute

Let’s say we have a simple HTML button:

<button id="myButton">Click me</button>

We can add the title attribute to the button using the following jQuery code:

$('#myButton').attr('title', 'This is a button');

Now, when hovering over the button in the browser, the tooltip “This is a button” will appear.

Adding Multiple Attributes

It’s also possible to add multiple attributes at once using an object. For example, let’s add a data-value attribute and change the title attribute for the same button:

    'title': 'This is a modified button',
    'data-value': '123'

Now, our button has two attributes: title with a new value and data-value with the value of “123”.

A Real-world Example

Let’s say we have a list of items, and we want to add a custom data-id attribute to each list item:

<ul id="myList">
    <li>Item 1</li>
    <li>Item 2</li>
    <li>Item 3</li>

We can use the following jQuery code to add the data-id attribute with a unique value to each list item:

$('#myList li').each(function(index) {
    $(this).attr('data-id', index + 1);

Now, each list item has a data-id attribute with a unique value.


Adding attributes with jQuery is simple and efficient with the .attr() method. It allows you to add and modify attributes for elements effortlessly, making DOM manipulation a breeze. Keep in mind that there are other methods for specific attributes, such as .addClass() for adding CSS classes or .prop() for manipulating properties. However, the .attr() method is versatile and will usually get the job done.