Difference between text() html() and val() in JQuery 2016-06-30 23:19

Do not know which to use when you want set or change the content of selector in JQuery? I will show you the difference between text(), html() and val() in this page. Example is here, copy it and save as html file. Click different button will change different selector's content.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <title>Difference between text() html() val() in JQuery</title>
    <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.12.4/jquery.min.js"></script>
                $("#text").text("new text");
                $("#html").html("<b>new html</b>");
                $("#val").val("new value");

<p id="text">old text</p>
<p id="html">old html</p>

<p>Input: <input type="text" id="val" value="old value"></p>

<button id="setText">Set new Text</button>
<button id="setHTML">Set new HTML</button>
<button id="setValue">Set new Value</button>

  • text() method will change the text of selector. This method can not add html style to the selector.
  • html() method will change the html of selector. You can add html style in the selector(add <b> in above example)
  • val() method will change the value of "value" property. We often use it to change value of input.