How To Stop Jquery Each Loop

jQuery provides a simple and efficient way to loop through elements or arrays using the .each() function. However, there might be situations when you need to terminate the loop before it iterates through all the elements. In this blog post, we will learn how to stop a jQuery .each() loop using the return statement.

Understanding jQuery .each()

Before we dive into stopping the loop, let’s briefly understand how the jQuery .each() function works. It is used to loop through an array or a collection of elements and execute a callback function for each matched element. The syntax for the .each() function is as follows:

$('selector').each(function(index, element) {
    // Code to be executed for each element

Here, the selector is used to target the elements on which the loop should be executed, index is the loop’s current iteration, and element is the current element being processed.

Stopping the jQuery Each Loop

To stop the jQuery .each() loop, you can use the return false statement within the callback function. This will terminate the loop immediately and prevent it from iterating through the remaining elements. For example:

$('div').each(function(index, element) {
    if (index == 2) {
        // Stop the loop if the index is 2
        return false;
    // Other code to be executed for each element

In this example, the loop will stop as soon as the index value reaches 2, and it will not execute the code for the remaining elements.

Example: Stopping the Loop Based on a Condition

Let’s say we have a collection of div elements with different background colors, and we want to stop the loop when we find a div with a specific background color. The code would look like this:

    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <script src=""></script>

<div style="background-color: red;">Red</div>
<div style="background-color: green;">Green</div>
<div style="background-color: blue;">Blue</div>
<div style="background-color: yellow;">Yellow</div>
<div style="background-color: purple;">Purple</div>

$(document).ready(function() {
    $('div').each(function(index, element) {
        if ($(element).css('background-color') == 'rgb(0, 128, 0)') {
            // Stop the loop if the background color is green
            return false;
        console.log('Element at index ' + index + ' has been processed');

In this example, the loop will stop as soon as a div with a green background color is encountered. The console output will show that the loop has processed only the first two elements, and the remaining elements will be ignored.


Stopping a jQuery .each() loop is quite simple using the return false statement. This can be helpful in scenarios where you need to stop the loop based on a specific condition. Keep this in mind when working with jQuery to make your code more efficient and optimized.