fire jquery event on div change

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I have a div whose content may change in various ways: for instance its whole content may be reloaded via innerHTML, or nodes may be added via DOM methods. This in turn may happen via native javascript or indirectly via calls the jQuery API or via other libraries.

I want to execute some code when the content of the div changes, but I have absolutely no control on how it will change. Indeed I am designing a widget that may be used by other people, who are free to change the content of their divs the way they prefer. When the inner content of this div changes, the shape of the widget may have to be updated as well.

I'm using jQuery. Is there a way to capture the event that the content of this div has changed, however it happened?

asked Oct 13, 2015 by balvant maurya
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3 Answers

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You can use DOMNodeInserted and DOMNodeRemoved to check if elements are added or removed. Unfortunately, IE doesn't support this.

$('#myDiv').bind('DOMNodeInserted DOMNodeRemoved', function(event) {
    if (event.type == 'DOMNodeInserted') {
        alert('Content added! Current content:' + '\n\n' + this.innerHTML);
    } else {
        alert('Content removed! Current content:' + '\n\n' + this.innerHTML);


You could save the initial contents and future changes with .data(). Here's an example.

var div_eTypes = [],
    div_changes = [];
$(function() {
    $('#myDiv').each(function() {
        this['data-initialContents'] = this.innerHTML;
    }).bind('DOMNodeInserted DOMNodeRemoved', function(event) {

Example output:

> $('#myDiv').data('initialContents');

Hello, world!

This is an example.

" > div_eTypes; ["insert", "insert", "remove"] > div_changes; ["", "

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Update 2

You may want to include DOMSubtreeModified as well, because I've found out that DOMNodeInserted and DOMNodeRemoved don't trigger if an element's innerHTML is replaced directly. It still doesn't work in IE, but at least it works fine in other browsers.

answered Oct 13, 2015 by virendra.bajaj
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try something like this...

    $('#divId').bind('DOMNodeInserted', function(event) {
             alert('inserted ' + + // new node
           ' in ' + event.relatedNode.nodeName); // parent

IE doesn't support this propert but i think the nearest to this is the propertychange event, which fires in response to a change in an attribute or CSS property of an element, but it doesn't fire in response to innerHTML changing, which would have been close to what you wanted.

one more feasible solution is to override manipulation function of jquery...

Have a look on this discussion..Preferred way of modifying elements that have yet to be created (besides events)

answered Oct 13, 2015 by maurya
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There is no such an event (onChange) in javascript nor jQuery, you would have to create a custom event.

One solution could be using lowpro to attach a behavior in this element you want to be controlled, this behavior would serialize the element and then build a poll that checks every x miliseconds to see if the element has changed, if changed then trigger your custom event on that element.

You have some examples on how to use lowpro with jQuery here:

Good luck!

answered Oct 13, 2015 by mannar kande