How to pass text in a textbox to JavaScript function?

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asked Apr 19, 2009 by natch3z

Suppose I have the following HTML code, how can I pass the user's input to execute(str) JavaScript function as an argument?


<input name="textbox1" type="text" />
<input name="buttonExecute" onclick="execute(//send the user's input in textbox1 to this function//)" type="button" value="Execute" />


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answered Jan 19, 2009 by erikkallen


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answered Jan 19, 2009 by natch3z

This is what I have done. (Adapt from all of your answers)

<input name="textbox1" type="text" id="txt1"/>
<input name="buttonExecute" onclick="execute(document.getElementById('txt1').value)" type="button" value="Execute" />

It works. Thanks to all of you. :)

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answered Apr 19, 2009 by peirix

You could just get the input value in the onclick-event like so:


You would of course have to add an id to your textbox

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answered Apr 19, 2009 by david-robbins

As opposed to passing the text as a variable, you can use the DOM to retrieve the data in your function:

var text = document.getElementsByName("textbox1").value;
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answered Apr 19, 2009 by gumbo

You could either access the element’s value by its name:

document.getElementsByName("textbox1"); // returns a list of elements with name="textbox1"
document.getElementsByName("textbox1")[0] // returns the first element in DOM with name="textbox1"


<input name="buttonExecute" onclick="execute(document.getElementsByName('textbox1')[0].value)" type="button" value="Execute" />

Or you assign an ID to the element that then identifies it and you can access it with getElementById:

<input name="textbox1" id="textbox1" type="text" />
<input name="buttonExecute" onclick="execute(document.getElementById('textbox1').value)" type="button" value="Execute" />
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answered Sep 15, 2017 by ayaat-shifa

You can get textbox value and Id by the following simple example in dotNet programming

         <script type="text/javascript">
             function GetTextboxId_Value(textBox) 
                 alert(textBox.value);    // To get Text Box Value(Text)
                 alert(;      // To get Text Box Id like txtSearch
 <input id="txtSearch" type="text" onkeyup="GetTextboxId_Value(this)" />  </body>
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