HTML onload Event Attribute

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Execute a JavaScript immediately after a page has been loaded:

<body onload="myFunction()">
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More "Try it Yourself" examples below.

Definition and Usage

The onload attribute fires when an object has been loaded.

onload is most often used within the <body> element to execute a script once a web page has completely loaded all content (including images, script files, CSS files, etc.). However, it can be used on other elements as well (see "Supported HTML tags" below).

The onload attribute can be used to check the visitor's browser type and browser version, and load the proper version of the web page based on the information.

The onload attribute can also be used to deal with cookies (see "More Examples" below).

Browser Support

Event Attribute
onload Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5



<element onload="script">

Attribute Values

Value Description
script The script to be run on onload

Technical Details

Supported HTML tags: <body>, <frame>, <frameset>, <iframe>, <img>, <input type="image">, <link>, <script> and <style>

More Examples


Using onload on an <img> element. Alert "Image is loaded" immediately after an image has been loaded:

<img src="w3html.gif" onload="loadImage()" width="100" height="132">

function loadImage() {
    alert("Image is loaded");
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Using the onload event to deal with cookies (using "advanced" javascript):

<body onload="checkCookies()">

<p id="demo"></p>

function checkCookies() {
    var text = "";
    if (navigator.cookieEnabled == true) {
        text = "Cookies are enabled.";
    } else {
        text = "Cookies are not enabled.";
    document.getElementById("demo").innerHTML = text;
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Related Pages

HTML DOM reference: onload event

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