Window: DOMContentLoaded event

The DOMContentLoaded event fires when the HTML document has been completely parsed, and all deferred scripts (<script defer src="…"> and <script type="module">) have downloaded and executed. It doesn't wait for other things like images, subframes, and async scripts to finish loading.

DOMContentLoaded does not wait for stylesheets to load, however deferred scripts do wait for stylesheets, and the DOMContentLoaded event is queued after deferred scripts. Also, scripts which aren't deferred or async (e.g. <script>) will wait for already-parsed stylesheets to load.

The original target for this event is the Document that has loaded. You can listen for this event on the Window interface to handle it in the capture or bubbling phases. For full details on this event please see the page on the Document: DOMContentLoaded event.

A different event, load, should be used only to detect a fully-loaded page. It is a common mistake to use load where DOMContentLoaded would be more appropriate.

This event is not cancelable.


Use the event name in methods like addEventListener(), or set an event handler property.

addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", (event) => {});

onDOMContentLoaded = (event) => {};

Event type

A generic Event.


Basic usage

window.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", (event) => {
  console.log("DOM fully loaded and parsed");


HTML Standard
# event-domcontentloaded

Browser compatibility

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See also