jQuery - Adding elements outside existing elements

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In this tutorial we will learn to manipulate DOM by adding new elements outside existing elements using jQuery.

We can use the following methods to add new elements outside existing elements.

  • before()
  • insertBefore()
  • after()
  • insertAfter()

before()

We use the before() method to add an element before any given element.

In the following example we are adding a paragraph before a div having id "sample-div1".

HTML

<div id="sample-div1">
  <p>Para 1</p>
  <p>Para 2</p>
  <p>Para 3</p>
</div>

jQuery

$("#sample-div1").before("<p>Para 4</p>");

Output

<p>Para 4</p>
<div id="sample-div1">
  <p>Para 1</p>
  <p>Para 2</p>
  <p>Para 3</p>
</div>

insertBefore()

This is similar to before() method and only differs in the way we write the code to add new element before a given element.

We are considering the same above example and adding a new paragraph before a div having id "sample-div1".

$("<p>Para 4</p>").insertBefore("#sample-div1");

after()

We use the after() method to add an element after any given element.

In the following example we are adding a paragraph after a div having id "sample-div1".

HTML

<div id="sample-div1">
  <p>Para 1</p>
  <p>Para 2</p>
  <p>Para 3</p>
</div>

jQuery

$("#sample-div1").after("<p>Para 4</p>");

Output

<div id="sample-div1">
  <p>Para 1</p>
  <p>Para 2</p>
  <p>Para 3</p>
</div>
<p>Para 4</p>

insertAfter()

This is similar to after() method and only differs in the way we write the code to add new element after a given element.

We are considering the same above example and adding a new paragraph after a div having id "sample-div1".

$("<p>Para 4</p>").insertAfter("#sample-div1");