How to make JavaScript execute after page load? – Dev

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I’m executing an external script, using a <script> inside <head>.

Now since the script executes before the page has loaded, I can’t access the <body>, among other things. I’d like to execute some JavaScript after the document has been “loaded” (HTML fully downloaded and in-RAM). Are there any events that I can hook onto when my script executes, that will get triggered on page load?


Keep in mind that loading the page has more than one stage. BTW, this is pure JavaScript


This event is fired when the initial HTML document has been completely loaded and parsed, without waiting for style sheets, images, and subframes to finish loading. At this stage you could programmatically optimize loading of images and CSS based on user device or bandwidth speed.

Executes after DOM is loaded (before images and CSS):

document.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", function(){

Note: Synchronous JavaScript pauses parsing of the DOM.
If you want the DOM to get parsed as fast as possible after the user requested the page, you could turn your JavaScript asynchronous and optimize loading of style sheets


A very different event, load, should only be used to detect a fully-loaded page. It is an incredibly popular mistake to use load where DOMContentLoaded would be much more appropriate, so be cautious.

Executes after everything is loaded and parsed:

window.addEventListener("load", function(){
    // ....

MDN Resources:

MDN list of all events:


These solutions will work:

As mentioned in comments use defer:

<script src="deferMe.js" defer></script>


<body onload="script();">


document.onload = function ...

or even

window.onload = function ...

Note that the last option is a better way to go since it is unobstrusive and is considered more standard.


You can put a “onload” attribute inside the body

...<body onload="myFunction()">...

Or if you are using jQuery, you can do

$(document).ready(function(){ /*code here*/ }) 


$(window).load(function(){ /*code here*/ })

I hope it answer your question.

Note that the $(window).load will execute after the document is rendered on your page.


Reasonably portable, non-framework way of having your script set a function to run at load time:

if(window.attachEvent) {
    window.attachEvent('onload', yourFunctionName);
} else {
    if(window.onload) {
        var curronload = window.onload;
        var newonload = function(evt) {
        window.onload = newonload;
    } else {
        window.onload = yourFunctionName;