Tom Lehman Tom Lehman - 3 months ago 54
jQuery Question

Getting AJAX response body for use in error callback

jQuery's AJAX error function has the following parameters:

error(XMLHttpRequest, textStatus, errorThrown)

What's the best cross-browser way to get the response body?

Does this work (reliably in all browsers)?

error: function(http) {


There is a hidden function that can extract the data from XHR istance:

var responseText = $.httpData(xhr)

If you pass "json" as a second parameter it will treat the response as a JSON string.

Note that you might get an error because there is no response (network problem for example). Make sure you cover that case as well. Also, I believe (not sure) that jQuery invokes the error handler if the server returns a 4xx or 5xx status.