I've been reading the whole day but I cannot find a complete example for a basic AJAX call on load page.

I followed this tutorial: and this example:

I was able to register the callback, controller and commands but the only way to trigger the ajax call is creating a link and is triggered on click event (as the example does)

<a class="use-ajax" href="/ajax/nojs/ajaxload">XXX</a>

I need to trigger that ajax call but when the page is loaded, is there any way?


  • Please do not keep adding Drupal 8 in the title. There is already an 8 tag on the question. – Neograph734 Jan 3 '17 at 10:34
  • ops, sorry i'm a bit new to stack, in any case, is not better to make it more searchable on google? – Manuel Rodriguez Jan 3 '17 at 10:40
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    Stack exchange already appends the version number to the page title: 8 - Call AJAX callback on page load - Drupal Answers – Neograph734 Jan 3 '17 at 10:41
  • sound and clear! – Manuel Rodriguez Jan 3 '17 at 10:42

Funny how those tutorials did not mention Drupal behaviors, which will trigger once the page is loaded. This is a good tutorial on them (Drupal 7, but same principles apply).

Basically all you should do is call your callback function from a behavior to get the same effect as jQuery's document ready callbacks.

Drupal.behaviors.myModule = {
  attach: function (context, settings) {
    // Call callback here.

And while you are at it, I recommend reading up on behaviors as they help to streamline your javascripts and keeps them in closed scopes.

  • @ManuelRodriguez I have updated the documentation to a Drupal 8 link, but not much has changed between 7 and 8. – Neograph734 Jan 3 '17 at 10:10
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    I have implemented this and indeed it acts as onload, so that's something achieved, thanks! but the second question is, how do i "call" my ajax callback? I have no idea how to do that, neither I found anything on internet. My link that triggers the ajax load looks like: <a class="use-ajax" href="/ajax/nojs/xxxload">Remove Image</a> But I don't know how to get same behaviour just on the on load (and i don't want to make a click onload to that link... ) – Manuel Rodriguez Jan 3 '17 at 14:52
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    That is basic jquery (not specific to Drupal, hence of topic here), but you probably want to call the url with jQuery.ajax() or the short hand jQuery.get. – Neograph734 Jan 3 '17 at 14:56
  • oh Neograph734 thanks, i was totally obfuscate with the AJAX logic I couldn't see the simplest part :D – Manuel Rodriguez Jan 3 '17 at 17:33

Thought I would share this as a slightly more complete solution, this would be your full javascript file:

(function ($, Drupal) {
  Drupal.behaviors.myModuleName = {
    attach: function (context, settings) {
      // I am doing a find() but you can do a once() or whatever you like :-)
      $('#element', context).find('.sub-element').each(function () {
        // Do your thing here
})(jQuery, Drupal);

Remember that the context returned on ajax event is the element being replaced, and should match your '#element', if it is inside the element being replaced it is not going to fire.

If you put a watch on the $('#element', context).find... line in your browser inspector you will see the different contexts being fired.

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