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jQuery Ajax POST example with PHP


I am trying to send data from a form to a database. Here is the form I am using:

<form name="foo" action="form.php" method="POST" id="foo">
    <label for="bar">A bar</label>
    <input id="bar" name="bar" type="text" value="" />
    <input type="submit" value="Send" />

The typical approach would be to submit the form, but this causes the browser to redirect. Using jQuery and Ajax, is it possible to capture all of the form’s data and submit it to a PHP script (an example, form.php)?



Basic usage of .ajax would look something like this:


<form id="foo">
    <label for="bar">A bar</label>
    <input id="bar" name="bar" type="text" value="" />

    <input type="submit" value="Send" />


// Variable to hold request
var request;

// Bind to the submit event of our form

    // Prevent default posting of form - put here to work in case of errors

    // Abort any pending request
    if (request) {
    // setup some local variables
    var $form = $(this);

    // Let's select and cache all the fields
    var $inputs = $form.find("input, select, button, textarea");

    // Serialize the data in the form
    var serializedData = $form.serialize();

    // Let's disable the inputs for the duration of the Ajax request.
    // Note: we disable elements AFTER the form data has been serialized.
    // Disabled form elements will not be serialized.
    $inputs.prop("disabled", true);

    // Fire off the request to /form.php
    request = $.ajax({
        url: "/form.php",
        type: "post",
        data: serializedData

    // Callback handler that will be called on success
    request.done(function (response, textStatus, jqXHR){
        // Log a message to the console
        console.log("Hooray, it worked!");

    // Callback handler that will be called on failure (jqXHR, textStatus, errorThrown){
        // Log the error to the console
            "The following error occurred: "+
            textStatus, errorThrown

    // Callback handler that will be called regardless
    // if the request failed or succeeded
    request.always(function () {
        // Reenable the inputs
        $inputs.prop("disabled", false);


Note: Since jQuery 1.8, .success(), .error() and .complete() are deprecated in favor of .done(), .fail() and .always().

Note: Remember that the above snippet has to be done after DOM ready, so you should put it inside a $(document).ready() handler (or use the $() shorthand).

Tip: You can chain the callback handlers like this: $.ajax().done().fail().always();

PHP (that is, form.php):

// You can access the values posted by jQuery.ajax
// through the global variable $_POST, like this:
$bar = isset($_POST['bar']) ? $_POST['bar'] : null;

Note: Always sanitize posted data, to prevent injections and other malicious code.

You could also use the shorthand .post in place of .ajax in the above JavaScript code:

$.post('/form.php', serializedData, function(response) {
    // Log the response to the console
    console.log("Response: "+response);

Note: The above JavaScript code is made to work with jQuery 1.8 and later, but it should work with previous versions down to jQuery 1.5.


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    A VERY IMPORTANT note, because I spent/wasted/invested a lot of time trying to use this example. You need to either bind the event inside a $(document).ready block OR have the FORM loaded before the bind is executed. Otherwise, you spend a lot of time trying to figure out WHY in hell the binding isn’t called.

    Oct 22, 2013 at 22:50

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    @PhilibertPerusse Like with any event binding you obviously need the element to exist in the DOM before trying to bind to it, or if you use a delegated bind.

    – mekwall

    Oct 23, 2013 at 10:11

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    Yes, I understand that now. But I found many examples that always put a $(document).ready block around so that the example is self-contained. I wrote the comment for a future user who may, like me, stumble on this and end-up reading the comment thread and this beginner ‘tip’

    Oct 23, 2013 at 19:11

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    If you are applying this to your own code, note that the ‘name’ attributes are critical to the inputs otherwise serialize() will skip them.

    – Ben Flynn

    Apr 16, 2014 at 4:13


To make an Ajax request using jQuery you can do this by the following code.


<form id="foo">
    <label for="bar">A bar</label>
    <input id="bar" name="bar" type="text" value="" />
    <input type="submit" value="Send" />

<!-- The result of the search will be rendered inside this div -->
<div id="result"></div>


Method 1

 /* Get from elements values */
 var values = $(this).serialize();

        url: "test.php",
        type: "post",
        data: values ,
        success: function (response) {

           // You will get response from your PHP page (what you echo or print)
        error: function(jqXHR, textStatus, errorThrown) {
           console.log(textStatus, errorThrown);

Method 2

/* Attach a submit handler to the form */
$("#foo").submit(function(event) {
    var ajaxRequest;

    /* Stop form from submitting normally */

    /* Clear result div*/

    /* Get from elements values */
    var values = $(this).serialize();

    /* Send the data using post and put the results in a div. */
    /* I am not aborting the previous request, because it's an
       asynchronous request, meaning once it's sent it's out
       there. But in case you want to abort it you can do it
       by abort(). jQuery Ajax methods return an XMLHttpRequest
       object, so you can just use abort(). */
       ajaxRequest= $.ajax({
            url: "test.php",
            type: "post",
            data: values

    /*  Request can be aborted by ajaxRequest.abort() */

    ajaxRequest.done(function (response, textStatus, jqXHR){

         // Show successfully for submit message
         $("#result").html('Submitted successfully');

    /* On failure of request this function will be called  */ (){

        // Show error
        $("#result").html('There is error while submit');

The .success(), .error(), and .complete() callbacks are deprecated as of jQuery 1.8. To prepare your code for their eventual removal, use .done(), .fail(), and .always() instead.

MDN: abort() . If the request has been sent already, this method will abort the request.

So we have successfully send an Ajax request, and now it’s time to grab data to server.


As we make a POST request in an Ajax call (type: "post"), we can now grab data using either $_REQUEST or $_POST:

  $bar = $_POST['bar']

You can also see what you get in the POST request by simply either. BTW, make sure that $_POST is set. Otherwise you will get an error.

// Or

And you are inserting a value into the database. Make sure you are sensitizing or escaping All requests (whether you made a GET or POST) properly before making the query. The best would be using prepared statements.

And if you want to return any data back to the page, you can do it by just echoing that data like below.

// 1. Without JSON
   echo "Hello, this is one"

// 2. By JSON. Then here is where I want to send a value back to the success of the Ajax below
echo json_encode(array('returned_val' => 'yoho'));

And then you can get it like:

 ajaxRequest.done(function (response){

There are a couple of shorthand methods. You can use the below code. It does the same work.

var ajaxRequest= $.post("test.php", values, function(data) {
  .fail(function() {
  .always(function() {



    I would like to share a detailed way of how to post with PHP + Ajax along with errors thrown back on failure.

    First of all, create two files, for example form.php and process.php.

    We will first create a form which will be then submitted using the jQuery .ajax() method. The rest will be explained in the comments.


    <form method="post" name="postForm">
                <input type="text" name="name" id="name" placeholder="Bruce Wayne">
                <span class="throw_error"></span>
                <span id="success"></span>
       <input type="submit" value="Send" />

    Validate the form using jQuery client-side validation and pass the data to process.php.

    $(document).ready(function() {
        $('form').submit(function(event) { //Trigger on form submit
            $('#name + .throw_error').empty(); //Clear the messages first
            //Validate fields if required using jQuery
            var postForm = { //Fetch form data
                'name'     : $('input[name=name]').val() //Store name fields value
            $.ajax({ //Process the form using $.ajax()
                type      : 'POST', //Method type
                url       : 'process.php', //Your form processing file URL
                data      : postForm, //Forms name
                dataType  : 'json',
                success   : function(data) {
                                if (!data.success) { //If fails
                                    if ( { //Returned if any error from process.php
                                        $('.throw_error').fadeIn(1000).html(; //Throw relevant error
                                else {
                                        $('#success').fadeIn(1000).append('<p>' + data.posted + '</p>'); //If successful, than throw a success message
            event.preventDefault(); //Prevent the default submit

    Now we will take a look at process.php

    $errors = array(); //To store errors
    $form_data = array(); //Pass back the data to `form.php`
    /* Validate the form on the server side */
    if (empty($_POST['name'])) { //Name cannot be empty
        $errors['name'] = 'Name cannot be blank';
    if (!empty($errors)) { //If errors in validation
        $form_data['success'] = false;
        $form_data['errors']  = $errors;
    else { //If not, process the form, and return true on success
        $form_data['success'] = true;
        $form_data['posted'] = 'Data Was Posted Successfully';
    //Return the data back to form.php
    echo json_encode($form_data);

    The project files can be downloaded from