HTML <script> async Attribute
A script that will be run asynchronously as soon as it is available:
Definition and Usage
The async attribute is a boolean attribute.
When present, it specifies that the script will be executed asynchronously as soon as it is available.
Note: The async attribute is only for external scripts (and should only be used if the src attribute is present).
Note: There are several ways an external script can be executed:
- If async is present: The script is executed asynchronously with the rest of the page (the script will be executed while the page continues the parsing)
- If async is not present and defer is present: The script is executed when the page has finished parsing
- If neither async or defer is present: The script is fetched and executed immediately, before the browser continues parsing the page
The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the attribute.
Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5
The async attribute is new in HTML5.
Differences Between HTML and XHTML
In XHTML, attribute minimization is forbidden, and the async attribute must be defined as <script async="async">.
HTML <script> tag