Can jQuery check whether input content has changed?


Is it possible to bind javascript (jQuery is best) event to "change" form input value somehow?

I know about .change() method, but it does not trigger until you (the cursor) leave(s) the input field. I have also considered using .keyup() method but it reacts also on arrow keys and so on.

I need just trigger an action every time the text in the input changes, even if it's only one letter change.

This question is tagged with javascript jquery input onchange

~ Asked on 2011-09-23 21:09:19

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There is a simple solution, which is the HTML5 input event. It's supported in current versions of all major browsers for <input type="text"> elements and there's a simple workaround for IE < 9. See the following answers for more details:

Example (except IE < 9: see links above for workaround):

$("#your_id").on("input", function() {
    alert("Change to " + this.value);

~ Answered on 2011-09-24 00:25:40


Yes, compare it to the value it was before it changed.

var previousValue = $("#elm").val();
$("#elm").keyup(function(e) {
    var currentValue = $(this).val();
    if(currentValue != previousValue) {
         previousValue = currentValue;
         alert("Value changed!");

Another option is to only trigger your changed function on certain keys. Use e.KeyCode to figure out what key was pressed.

~ Answered on 2011-09-23 21:13:23

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