How To Get Php Data In Javascript

If you’re working with PHP and JavaScript, there might be situations where you need to access PHP data within your JavaScript code. In this blog post, we will walk you through different ways to achieve this.

Method 1: Echoing PHP variables in JavaScript

The simplest way to make PHP data available in JavaScript is by echoing the PHP variables directly into your JavaScript code. Here’s an example:

Example 1:

    var jsVar = "<?php echo $phpVar; ?>";
    console.log(jsVar); // Output: Hello, World!

Keep in mind that this method only works for simple data types like strings and numbers. If you want to pass complex data types like arrays or objects, you’ll need to use JSON.

Example 2:

    var jsArray = JSON.parse('<?php echo json_encode($phpArray); ?>');
    console.log(jsArray); // Output: ["apple", "banana", "cherry"]

Method 2: Using AJAX to fetch PHP data

If you want to get PHP data without refreshing the page, you can use AJAX to request the data from the server. Here’s an example using the Fetch API and a separate PHP file to handle the request:

Example 3:

Create a file called data.php with the following content:

<p>Now, in your HTML file, add the following JavaScript code:</p>

        .then(response => response.json())
        .then(data => {
            console.log(data.message); // Output: Hello from PHP!
            console.log(data.numbers); // Output: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Method 3: Using data attributes

Another way to pass data from PHP to JavaScript is by using data attributes in your HTML. This method is especially useful for small amounts of data related to specific HTML elements.

Example 4:

<div id="myDiv" data-message="&lt;?php echo htmlspecialchars($phpData); ?&gt;">
    Click me!
    var myDiv = document.getElementById("myDiv");
    myDiv.addEventListener('click', function() {
        var message = this.getAttribute('data-message');
        console.log(message); // Output: Hello, World!

In the example above, we store the PHP data in a data attribute called data-message, which can then be accessed using JavaScript.


In this blog post, we’ve shown you three different ways to get PHP data in JavaScript: by echoing PHP variables directly, using AJAX to fetch data from the server, and using data attributes in HTML. Depending on your specific needs, you can choose the method that best fits your use case.