Jaanus Jaanus - 7 months ago 51
Javascript Question

How to debug JavaScript/jQuery event bindings with Firebug (or similar tool)

I need to debug a web application that uses jQuery to do some fairly complex and messy DOM manipulation. At one point, some of the events that were bound to particular elements, are not fired and simply stop working.

If I had a capability to edit the application source, I would drill down and add a bunch of Firebug

console.log()
statements and comment/uncomment pieces of code to try to pinpoint the problem. But let's assume I cannot edit the application code and need to work entirely in Firefox using Firebug or similar tools.

Firebug is very good at letting me navigate and manipulate the DOM. So far, though, I have not been able to figure out how to do event debugging with Firebug. Specifically, I just want to see a list of event handlers bound to a particular element at a given time (using Firebug JavaScript breakpoints to trace the changes). But either Firebug does not have the capability to see bound events, or I'm too dumb to find it. :-)

Any recommendations or ideas? Ideally, I would just like to see and edit events bound to elements, similarly to how I can edit DOM today.

Answer

See How to find event listeners on a DOM node.

In a nutshell, assuming at some point an event handler is attached to your element (eg): $('#foo').click(function() { console.log('clicked!') });

You inspect it like so:

  • jQuery 1.3.x

    var clickEvents = $('#foo').data("events").click;
    jQuery.each(clickEvents, function(key, value) {
      console.log(value) // prints "function() { console.log('clicked!') }"
    })
    
  • jQuery 1.4.x

    var clickEvents = $('#foo').data("events").click;
    jQuery.each(clickEvents, function(key, handlerObj) {
      console.log(handlerObj.handler) // prints "function() { console.log('clicked!') }"
    })
    

See jQuery.fn.data (where jQuery stores your handler internally).

  • jQuery 1.8.x

    var clickEvents = $._data($('#foo')[0], "events").click;
    jQuery.each(clickEvents, function(key, handlerObj) {
      console.log(handlerObj.handler) // prints "function() { console.log('clicked!') }"
    })