How do I run PHP code when a user clicks on a link?


I want to have a page run some PHP code when a user clicks on a link, without redirecting them. Is this possible with

<a href=""></a>

or with the javascript onclick event?

8/15/2009 12:05:18 AM

Accepted Answer

Yeah, you'd need to have a javascript function triggered by an onclick that does an AJAX load of a page and then returns false, that way they won't be redirected in the browser. You could use the following in jQuery, if that's acceptable for your project:

<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
function doSomething() {
    return false;

<a href="#" onclick="doSomething();">Click Me!</a>

You could also do a post-back if you need to use form values (use the $.post() method).

8/15/2009 12:52:33 AM

As others have suggested, use JavaScript to make an AJAX call.

<a href="#" onclick="myJsFunction()">whatever</a>

function myJsFunction() {
     // use ajax to make a call to your PHP script
     // for more examples, using Jquery. see the link below
     return false; // this is so the browser doesn't follow the link

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