jQuery Tutorial: Submit a Form and Post Data Using jQuery and AJAX

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In this jQuery tutorial, you’ll learn how to submit a form, post the data and format the response using jQuery and AJAX:


Here’s the code I used in the video:


<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Get Data From a MySQL Database Using jQuery and PHP</title>
    <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.3/jquery.min.js"></script>
        // Set form variable
        var form = $('#search_form');
        // Hijack form submit
          // Set username variable
          var username = $('#username').val(); 
          // Check if username value set
          if ( $.trim(username) != '' ) {
            // Process AJAX request
            $.post('process.php', {name: username}, function(data){
              // Append data into #results div
          // Prevent default form action
    <span>Search by name: </span>
    <form method="POST" action="process.php" id="search_form">
      <input type="text" id="username" name="name">
      <input type="submit" id="submit" value="Search">
    <div id="results"></div>


ini_set('display_errors', '1');

// Check if $_POST is set
if ( empty ( $_POST['name'] ) ) {
  echo "Yo! Something ain't legit!";
// Connec to MySQL
$mysqli = new mysqli('localhost', 'YOUR_USERNAME', 'YOUR_PASSWORD', 'YOUR_DATABASE');

// Check connection
if ( mysqli_connect_errno() ) {
  echo "Can't connect: " . mysqli_connect_error();

$stmt = $mysqli->prepare("SELECT * FROM ajaxget WHERE name = ?");
$stmt->bind_param("s", $_POST['name']);

$result = $stmt->get_result();

while( $row = $result->fetch_object() ) {
  $rows[] = $row;
  <?php foreach ( $rows as $row ) : ?>
  <li><?php echo $row->name; ?>: <?php echo $row->favorite_food; ?></li>
  <?php endforeach; ?>

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Working code! thanks. i was stuck in the same from a day. working fine for my login form now.

  2. Nice BUT it only works for cases that exactly match the value inputted. If the name isn’t in the database you get an error.

    1. Sure, you can just change your MySQL query statement for that. This is highlighting more the AJAX request and how to handle all that than the SQL part.

  3. This code is a savior man !!!

  4. thanks 🙂

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