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error handling with .post()

Posted by: admin December 5, 2017 Leave a comment


I have to modify a project written by someone else. Because the code is a mess I can’t really change this $.post() (or replace it by $.ajax()). What I need to do, is to know if the post returns something else then JSON and return it.

$.post('balbal.html', json, function(data) { ... my coude ... }, 'json')

I can see the post response in the console.log. Is there a simple way to retrieve it?


There’s a couple of ways to do it, but if you’re not getting the error response available through the returned JSON data object, you can use $.ajaxSetup() to define defaults for all ajax calls through jQuery. Even though the $.post() method doesn’t specify an error handler or callback in and of itself, the $.ajaxSetup() method will capture any ajax faults and execute the function you define for it.

Alternatively, there is also an $.ajaxError() function that will do the same sort of thing.

Note that this will not work if your JSON response is returned correctly but with a server-side error code. If you want to capture these sorts of cases, you might be best to look for them using the $.ajaxComplete() method


Define the error callback immediately after the post. Note the semi-colon placement only at the end.

$.post('balbal.html', json, function(data) {
    // ... my code ...
.fail(function(response) {
    alert('Error: ' + response.responseText);


For older versions of jQuery (pre-1.8) Use .error instead with the same syntax.


You can use $.ajax() ($.post is a shortcut that ends up calling it anyway), and define the error callback.

Or, if you really do not want to do that, call

   //error handler

before that $.post

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