How To Add Event Listener In Jquery


Event listeners are a fundamental concept in web development, allowing developers to respond to user interactions and other events on the webpage. In this blog post, we’ll learn how to add event listeners in jQuery, a popular JavaScript library that simplifies the process of working with DOM (Document Object Model) elements and events.

Basics of Event Listeners in jQuery

In jQuery, you can easily add event listeners with the on() method. The basic syntax of the on() method is:

$(selector).on(event, handler);

Where selector is a string containing a CSS-style selector that matches the elements you want to add the event listener to, event is a string representing the event type (e.g., ‘click’, ‘submit’, etc.), and handler is a function that will be called when the event is triggered.

For example, let’s say we want to show an alert when a button with the class .my-button is clicked. We can add a click event listener like this:

                $(document).ready(function() {
                    $('.my-button').on('click', function() {
                        alert('Button clicked!');

In this example, we first wait for the document to be fully loaded with the $(document).ready() function. Then, we use the on() method to attach a click event listener to all elements with the class .my-button. When one of those elements is clicked, the anonymous function we provided as the event handler is called, and an alert is shown.

Event Delegation in jQuery

Event delegation is a useful technique that allows you to attach event listeners to elements that may not exist yet when the page is loaded. This is particularly useful when working with dynamically generated content.

In jQuery, you can use event delegation with the on() method by passing an additional selector as a parameter. The syntax for event delegation is:

$(parent).on(event, childSelector, handler);

Where parent is a selector for the parent element that will delegate the event, childSelector is a selector for the child elements that should trigger the event, and handler is the event handler function as before.

Let’s take a look at an example. Suppose you have a list that dynamically adds new list items, and you want to show an alert when a list item is clicked. You can use event delegation to achieve this:

                $(document).ready(function() {
                    $('#my-list').on('click', 'li', function() {
                        alert('List item clicked: ' + $(this).text());

In this example, we attach the click event listener to the parent element with the ID #my-list, and delegate the event to all its child li elements. When a list item is clicked, the event handler is called, and an alert is shown with the text content of the clicked item.


In this blog post, we learned how to add event listeners in jQuery using the on() method, as well as how to use event delegation for dynamically generated content. This knowledge will help you create more interactive and responsive web applications with ease. Happy coding!

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