Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· jdlich

Include files with jQuery.load

jQuery.load is a useful, cross-editor way to get include files while building static HTML sites. Here's a clean, simple implementation that I like to use:

<div class="include" data-file="header.html"></div>
<div class="include" data-file="sidebar.html"></div>
<!-- etc... -->

  $(function () {
    $('.include').each(function() {
      $(this).load($(this).data('file'), function() {
        $(this).children().first().unwrap(); // remove the include div

NOTE: Any <script> tags inside include files must have type="text/javascript" in order to execute properly.

Fix for Chrome

See Local AJAX calls in Chrome.