How To Stop Jquery Execution

In this blog post, we will learn how to stop jQuery execution. Sometimes, you may want to stop the execution of a particular event, animation, or AJAX request based on specific conditions. This can be useful for preventing unnecessary actions or improving the user experience on your website. Let’s discuss different methods to stop jQuery execution.

1. Using return false

One way to stop the execution of a jQuery event is to use return false in the event handler. When you return false, it prevents the default behavior of the event and stops the event propagation. For example, consider this HTML anchor:

<a href="" id="example-link">Click me</a>

Let’s say you want to stop the click event from redirecting the user to the specified URL:

$("#example-link").on("click", function() {
    return false;

In this example, the user will see the “Clicked!” alert, but they will not be redirected to the specified URL because of the return false statement.

2. Using event.preventDefault()

Another method to stop jQuery execution is to call event.preventDefault() in the event handler. This stops the default behavior of the event without affecting the event propagation. Consider our previous HTML anchor example:

$("#example-link").on("click", function(event) {

Just like the previous example, the user will see the “Clicked!” alert, but they will not be redirected to the specified URL.

3. Stopping jQuery Animations

To stop a jQuery animation, you can use the .stop() method. This method stops the currently running animation on the selected element(s) and clears the animation queue. For example:


If you want to stop all animations on the page, you can use the * (asterisk) selector:


4. Aborting AJAX Requests

To stop an ongoing AJAX request, you can use the .abort() method. First, you need to store the reference to the AJAX request object when initiating the request. Then, you can call the .abort() method on that object. For example:

var ajaxRequest = $.ajax({
    url: "data.json",
    dataType: "json",
    success: function(data) {

// To abort the AJAX request

This will stop the AJAX request before it finishes, and the success function will not be executed.


There are several ways to stop jQuery execution, depending on the type of action you want to stop. Whether it’s stopping event handlers, animations, or AJAX requests, jQuery provides simple methods to help you achieve your desired outcome. Remember to use these techniques wisely to make your website more efficient and user-friendly.