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How to get return text from PHP file with ajax ?

  • Difficulty Level : Hard
  • Last Updated : 05 Jan, 2021

 Ajax is also known as Asynchronous JavaScript and XML is a series of web development techniques that build asynchronous web applications using many web technologies on the client-side. Without reloading the web page, AJAX enables you to send and receive information asynchronously. 

Approach:  When the button gets clicked, we have initialized the XMLHttpRequest object, which is responsible for making AJAX calls. Then, we have to check if the readyState value is 4, which means the request is completed, and we have got a response from the server.

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 Next, we have checked if the status code equals 200, which means the request was successful. Finally, we fetch the response which is stored in the responseText property of the XMLHttpRequest object. After setting up the listener, we initiate the request by calling the open method of the XMLHttpRequest object. Then call the send method of the XMLHttpRequest object, which actually sends the request to the server. When the server responds, you can see the text displaying the response from the PHP file.

HTML code:


<!DOCTYPE html>
    <button type="button" id="fetchBtn">Click Me!</button>
    <p id="txt"></p>
        let fetchBtn = document.getElementById('fetchBtn');
        fetchBtn.addEventListener('click', buttonClickHandler);
        function buttonClickHandler() {
            // Instantiate an xhr object
            var xhr = new XMLHttpRequest();
            // What to do when response is ready  
            xhr.onreadystatechange = () => {
                if (xhr.readyState === 4) {
                    if (xhr.status === 200) {
                            .innerHTML = xhr.responseText;
                    } else {
                        console.log('Error Code: ' 
                            + xhr.status);
                        console.log('Error Message: '
                            + xhr.statusText);
  'GET', 'data.php');
            // Send the request

PHP code: The following is the code for “data.php” file used in the above HTML code.


        <?php echo '<h1>Welcome to GfG</h1>'; ?>  


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