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Asynchronous HTTP (Ajax) JSON encoded load request.


The jQuery.getJSON() Ajax method, allows us to load data from the server, that has been JSON encoded, using a HTTP GET request.

Shorthand version $.getJSON()

  • Browsers operate the 'same origin policy', which means a request can not successfully retrieve data from a different domain, subdomain, or protocol. jQuery 'Ajax' requests are subject to this security restriction, the exceptions being requests made with a datatype of 'script' or 'jsonp'.
  • The jQuery.getJSON() method returns a jqXHR object which is a superset of the browser's native XMLHttpRequest object. The jqXHR object implements the Promise interface, giving it all the properties, methods, and behavior of a Promise. See the lesson on the Deferred object for details of this. For standardization with the Deferred object, the jqXHR object also provides .always(), .done() and .fail() methods. These methods take a function argument that is called when the jQuery.getJSON() request terminates and the function receives the same arguments as the same-named .complete().success() and .error() setting callbacks respectively. This allows assignment of multiple callbacks for a single request as well as assigning callbacks after the request has completed. For completed requests, the callback is fired immediately.
    • It should be noted that .complete().success() and .error() callbacks are deprecated from use on request completion from jQuery 1.8. This is for completion processing only and the Ajax settings will still have these values. Best practice is to use .always(), .done() and .fail() methods on request completion to future proof code.
  • A jqXHR object will expose the following properties and methods for backward compatibility with the XMLHttpRequest object:
jqXHR Object Description
abort()Cancels the currently executing request.
getAllResponseHeaders()Returns a string containing the names and value of all response headers.
getResponseHeader(name)Returns the value of the specified response headers.
.overrideMimeType()Used in the beforeSend() callback function, to modify the response content-type header.
setRequestHeader(name, value)Set a request header using the specified name and value.
readyStateAn integer indicating the current state of the request.
responseTextUnderlying request responded with text.
responseXMLUnderlying request responded with xml.
statusResponse status code returned from the server.
statusTextStatus text message returned by the response.


Signature Description
jQuery.getJSON( url [, data]
             [, function(data, textStatus, jqXHR)])
Load data from the server, that has been JSON encoded, using a HTTP GET request.


Parameter Description Type
url A string containing the URL to send the request to.String
data A map or string sent to the server with the request.
  • Data sent to the server is appended to the URL as a query string. If the data parameter is an object map, it is converted to a string and url encoded before being appended to the URL.
function(data, textStatus, jqXHR) A callback function executed when the request succeeds.Function


A jqXHR object.

jQuery.getJSON( url [, data]
       [, function(data, textStatus, jqXHR)] )

Load data from the server, that has been JSON encoded, using a HTTP GET request.

This is a shorthand Ajax function, which is equivalent to using the jQuery.ajax() method as follows:

  url: url,
  dataType: 'json',
  data: data,
  success: callback

In the example below when we press the button the first time we use the jQuery.getJSON() method with a url and a success handler. We interrogate the returned JSON data and move it to an array before appending it to our page.

  $('#btn5').one('click', function(){
    $.getJSON('../pages/testfileb.html', function(data) {
      var sayingsList = [];

      $.each(data, function(key, val) {
        sayingsList.push('<li>' + val + '</li>');

      $('<ul/>', {html: sayingsList.join('')}).appendTo('#div4');

      }).done(function() { $('#div4').append('getJSON request succeeded! </li>'); })
        .fail(function() { $('#div4').append('getJSON request failed! </li>'); })
        .always(function() { $('#div4').append('getJSON request ended! </li></li>'); 

 * The external JSON file called from $.getJSON() (url: "../pages/testfileb.html")
 * is shown below.
  "1": "A stitch in time saves nine",
  "2": "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog",
  "3": "10 green bottles",
  "4": "Blood is thicker than water",
  "5": "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush",
  "6": "Prevention is better than cure",
  "7": "To be or not to be"

div4. Some initial text.

Press the button below to action the above code: