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Vanilla JS equivalents of jQuery methods

Sans jQuery

Events

// jQuery
$(document).ready(function() {
  // code
})

// Vanilla
document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', function() {
  // code
})
// jQuery
$('a').click(function() {
  // code…
})

// Vanilla
[].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('a'), function(el) {
  el.addEventListener('click', function() {
    // code…
  })
})

Selectors

// jQuery
var divs = $('div')

// Vanilla
var divs = document.querySelectorAll('div')
// jQuery
var newDiv = $('<div/>')

// Vanilla
var newDiv = document.createElement('div')

Attributes

// jQuery
$('img').filter(':first').attr('alt', 'My image')

// Vanilla
document.querySelector('img').setAttribute('alt', 'My image')

Classes

// jQuery
newDiv.addClass('foo')

// Vanilla
newDiv.classList.add('foo')
// jQuery
newDiv.toggleClass('foo')

// Vanilla
newDiv.classList.toggle('foo')

Manipulation

// jQuery
$('body').append($('<p/>'))

// Vanilla
document.body.appendChild(document.createElement('p'))
// jQuery
var clonedElement = $('#about').clone()

// Vanilla
var clonedElement = document.getElementById('about').cloneNode(true)
// jQuery
$('#wrap').empty()

// Vanilla
var wrap = document.getElementById('wrap')
while(wrap.firstChild) wrap.removeChild(wrap.firstChild)

Transversing

// jQuery
var parent = $('#about').parent()

// Vanilla
var parent = document.getElementById('about').parentNode
// jQuery
if($('#wrap').is(':empty'))

// Vanilla
if(!document.getElementById('wrap').hasChildNodes())
// jQuery
var nextElement = $('#wrap').next()

// Vanilla
var nextElement = document.getElementById('wrap').nextSibling

AJAX

GET

// jQuery
$.get('//example.com', function (data) {
  // code
})

// Vanilla
var httpRequest = new XMLHttpRequest()
httpRequest.onreadystatechange = function (data) {
  // code
}
httpRequest.open('GET', url)
httpRequest.send()

POST

// jQuery
$.post('//example.com', { username: username }, function (data) {
  // code
})

// Vanilla
var httpRequest = new XMLHttpRequest()
httpRequest.onreadystatechange = function (data) {
  // code
}
httpRequest.setRequestHeader('Content-Type', 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded')
httpRequest.open('POST', url)
httpRequest.send('username=' + encodeURIComponent(username))

JSONP

// jQuery
$.getJSON('//openexchangerates.org/latest.json?callback=?', function (data) {
  // code
})

// Vanilla
function success(data) {
  // code
}
var scr = document.createElement('script')
scr.src = '//openexchangerates.org/latest.json?callback=formatCurrency'
document.body.appendChild(scr)

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Here are a few additional references demonstrating vanilla javascript equivalents of jquery methods:

Also, see the two part series showing equivalents for ...

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yairEO commented Oct 14, 2016

$('#wrap').next() is not the same at all as vanilla nextSibling, but to nextElementSibling, because obviously nextSibling returns text nodes which are irrelevant.

Regarding the example of $('img').filter(':first').attr('alt', 'My image') - nobody in their right mind will use filter like that. you would simply do:

$('img:first')
$('img').eq(0)
$('img:eq(0)')

would be nice to add vanillia of wrap() method and data() method for storing data on a cached object

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brmendez commented Apr 27, 2017

$('selector').load() would be nice 👍

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filipe-torres commented May 31, 2017

@yairEO ,
I found a good JQuery wrap() method in plain Javascript: [(https://plainjs.com/javascript/manipulation/wrap-an-html-structure-around-an-element-28/)]

@brmendez ,
there is an alternative for JQuery load() method: loadPageSection.js
[(https://gist.github.com/lazamar/f213d94d08a8212bb0a59a4ec2fbc964)]

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dustinpoissant commented Jun 20, 2017

I am rewriting one of my projects that has jQuery as a dependency to not have any dependencies. I was googling each line I needed to change until I found this. This is very useful, thank you.

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AaronKWalker commented Jun 27, 2017

I'm currently learning javascript and jQuery. This helps out tremendously! Thank you!

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xilin commented Jan 19, 2018

Base on jQuery's doc

By design, any jQuery constructor or method that accepts an HTML string — jQuery(), .append(), .after(), etc. — can potentially execute code. This can occur by injection of script tags or use of HTML attributes that execute code (for example, ). Do not use these methods to insert strings obtained from untrusted sources such as URL query parameters, cookies, or form inputs. Doing so can introduce cross-site-scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities. Remove or escape any user input before adding content to the document.

These methods will execute code, while the vanilla method will not eval scripts.

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ameenaziz commented Feb 1, 2018

$(btn[index++]).click();
whats evq for that?

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imlinus commented Feb 19, 2018

document.querySelector(btn[index++]).click();

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daphnedeng commented Jun 7, 2018

how about eq() ? What is eq() is vanilla js?

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grestart commented Jun 27, 2018

what about this?

$( document ).ajaxComplete(function() {
// code here to change element, witch is loaded with ajax
});
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mc-funk commented Oct 5, 2018

Thanks for the great resource!

For the following:

// jQuery
$('#wrap').empty()

// Vanilla
var wrap = document.getElementById('wrap')
while(wrap.firstChild) wrap.removeChild(wrap.firstChild)
Why not wrap.innerHTML = '' or similar?
The while loop poses a problem if you are, e.g., ensuring that data refreshes probably -- since it will clear out anything you subsequently put into the element.

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aristot commented Oct 7, 2018

while is faster than $().empty or wrap.innerHTML = ""

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MINORITYmaN commented Nov 29, 2018

nobody cares about performance?
document.querySelectorAll('a') change to document.getElementsByTagName('a') why? first is browser API second i native.
you should check out this video btw.
https://youtu.be/VBfvnKDlZMw?t=597

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ghost commented Jan 4, 2019

thank you
this is very useful :)

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yogyogi commented Feb 19, 2019

I think jQuery Append method is perfect for all types of DOM manipulations. @brmendez $('selector').load() method is removed few years back, now there is .load() method for doing AJAX request only.

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darrellgrant commented Mar 1, 2019

Thanks!

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graphical-iain commented Apr 2, 2019

Fetch is also widely supported now. Fully supported with a relatively lightweight pollyfill for IE. So AJAX calls are just as easy with Vanilla JS now as with jQuery. :)

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trae410 commented Apr 30, 2019

I finally found a way to get the vanilla js equivalent of:

var item = $('form input');
var todo = {item: item.val()};

it is simple! here it is:

var item = document.querySelectorAll('input')[0];
var todo = {item: item.value)};

I was trying to use innerHTML, text etc, but is simply .value :)

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jfudman commented Jul 1, 2019

love it! Maybe add a $(el).closest() equivalent?

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Asharif88 commented Jul 4, 2019

@jfudman

love it! Maybe add a $(el).closest() equivalent?

It's also .closest() https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/Element/closest

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F1ks3r commented Jul 15, 2019

While this may be true, the browser support for many of those methods are somewhat different. Methods like classList.add may not be supported in older browsers.

Just take a moment to see how long and tedious polyfill for classList is.

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