$.ajaxStart() not firing

If you use the above to show a nice loading message when an AJAX call is performed, you may have come across the problem that a JSONP request means the call is not called. This is due to the fact the ajaxStart() function is triggered by a internal XMLHttpRequest and the JSONP request uses a script tag instead (for XSS safety)

There is a way round this though. Use the $.ajaxSetup() function:

$(document).ready(function() {
        'beforeSend' : function() {
    'complete'   : function() {

This is a default for $.ajax() calls, and unless your AJAX call specifies a beforeSend or complete function, then the defaults above will show. If you did have to use a different beforeSend or complete callback, then just add in the relevant code for the hiding/showing.


2 comments on “$.ajaxStart() not firing

  1. Alkingson September 23, 2014 2:46 pm

    Thank you was looking for this

  2. Amol Bhavekar March 20, 2017 7:30 pm

    Great one.. thank you for your post Chris!!

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