Receive JSON result from AJAX with JQuery

Posted on 28-04-2013 21:22 by graham
This tutorial describes how you can call an AJAX action that returns JSON data and parse it using JQuery.

Calling AJAX

Let's say we have an action available at that returns some JSON data, e.g. a list of users:
JSON response
{ "name": "Mary Lee", "age": "32" },
{ "name": "Frank Salliman", "age": "61" }

We want to make an AJAX call to this service and display the received list of users as an HTML list. To do this, we need to call JQuery's $.get or $.post method, depending on whether the action is available through POST or GET. We also need to make sure to specify the dataType of the call to json:
AJAX call
function (data)
var htmlString = "";

// iterate over elements of the array
for (i = 0; i < data.length; i++)
var user = data[i];
htmlString += "<li>" + + " - age: " + user.age + "</li>";

// add the built HTML to DOM


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