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Is there an “exists” function for jQuery?

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How can I check the existence of an element in jQuery?

The current code that I have is this:

if ($(selector).length>0) {
    // Do something
}

Is there is a more elegant way to approach this? Perhaps a plugin or a function?

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  • asked 3 years ago
  • B Butts

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jQuery.fn.exists = function(){return this.length>0;}

if ($(selector).exists()) {
    // Do something
}

There you go!

This is in response to: Herding Code podcast with Jeff Atwood

  • answered 3 years ago
  • Sandy Hook

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If you used

jQuery.fn.exists = function(){return ($(this).length > 0);}
if ($(selector).exists()) { }

you would imply that chaining was possible when it is not.

This would be better:

jQuery.exists = function(selector) {return ($(selector).length > 0);}
if ($.exists(selector)) { }

Alternatively, from the FAQ:

if ( $('#myDiv').length ) { /* Do something */ }

You could also use the following. If there are no values in the jQuery object array then getting the first item in the array would return undefined.

if ( $('#myDiv')[0] ) { /* Do something */ }
  • answered 3 years ago
  • Gul Hafiz

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