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How to Create a DIV Element in jQuery

Topic: JavaScript / jQueryPrev|Next

Answer: Use the jQuery append() Method

You can simply use the append() method to create an element such as a <div> at the end of the selected element in jQuery. Similarly, you can use the prepend() to create or insert element at the beginning. Take a look at the following example to see how this works:

  • <!DOCTYPE html>
  • <html lang="en">
  • <head>
  • <meta charset="utf-8">
  • <title>Create HTML Elements Using jQuery</title>
  • <style>
  •     .container{
  •         padding: 20px;
  •         background: #f2f2f2;
  •         border: 5px solid #aaa;
  •     }
  •     .content{
  •         padding: 10px;
  •         border: 3px solid orange;
  •     }
  • </style>
  • <script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.12.4.min.js"></script>
  • <script>
  • $(document).ready(function(){
  •     // Insert elements on click of the button
  •     $("button").click(function(){
  •         // Creating a div element at the end
  •         $(".container").append('<div class="content">Appended DIV</div>');   
  •  
  •         // Creating a div element at the start
  •         $(".container").prepend('<div class="content">Prepended DIV</div>'); 
  •     });    
  • });
  • </script>
  • </head>
  • <body>
  •     <div class="container">
  •         <h1>This is a heading</h1>
  •         <p>This is a paragraph.</p>
  •         <p><button type="button">Insert DIV</button></p>
  •     </div>
  • </body>
  • </html>

jQuery also provide methods, like before() and after() to create the elements before or after the selected elements. See the tutorial on jQuery insert content to learn more about it.


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