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#8130 closed bug (invalid)

Opened February 01, 2011 06:26PM UTC

Closed February 01, 2011 07:28PM UTC

$.get incorrectly executes javascript files

Reported by: dennydaugherty Owned by:
Priority: low Milestone:
Component: ajax Version: 1.5
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Blocked by: Blocking:

According to the documentation $.get() will load the contents of the specified file, however if you try and $.get() a javascript file it will execute it. The expectation is that $.get() loads the contents of the file whereas only $.getScript() execute them.

I created the following HTML and Javascript files to test. Note the file being loaded with $.get() has an alert() in it that is incorrectly executed. Though everything else works as expected, the test.js file should be executed.


<!DOCTYPE html>
  <title>Testing jQuery.get() with Javascript Files</title>
  <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
  <script type="text/javascript">
    console.log('Loading test.js using $.get()');
    $.get('test.js', function (data) {
      console.log('Finished loading test.js');
<code id="test">


alert('Hello world');
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Changed February 01, 2011 07:28PM UTC by jitter comment:1

component: unfiledajax
priority: undecidedlow
resolution: → invalid
status: newclosed

Thanks for taking the time to contribute to the jQuery project by writing a bug report.

After checking your bug report I came to the conclusion that this isn't a bug. If you read the jQuery.get() documentation directly at the beginning it says jQuery.get( ... ) is a short hand for jQuery.ajax({ ... }).

If you read up on the dataType parameter in the jQuery.ajax() documentation it says:

dataType: The type of data that you're expecting back from the server. If none is specified, jQuery will try to infer it based on the MIME type of the response. [...] in 1.4 script will execute the script [...]

This applies directly to your report. You didn't specify the dataType property so jQuery guessed by the respones content-type that this is a javascript file, and thus executes it as described by the documentation. If you don't want that to happen you can set the dataType parameter of jQuery.get() to "text".