Pushstate aJAX eXtended Replacements

jquery-pjaxr is jQuery plugin that uses ajax and pushState to deliver a fast browsing experience.

It is able to replace multiple containers and different head tags with full back-forward functionality.

For browsers that don’t support pushState pjaxr fully degrades.

Why another pjax library?

Shortly after starting with pjax a ran into some limitations like:

  • how to add additional head elements?
  • how to update multiple containers?

I started writing a workaround which became an own library and here we are :).

I hope pjaxr will help people who are running into the same problems like I did.


There is already an awesome plugin called jquery-pjax on which this project is based. For not breaking existing frontends but to support the same port to the server this library is named pjaxr and accepts the same header X-PJAX.

There are still many testcases missing but the most significant are setup. PR’s are welcome.


  • Download latest release: v1.1.0
  • Clone repository: git clone git@github.com:minddust/jquery-pjaxr.git.
  • Curl: curl -O https://raw.github.com/minddust/jquery-pjaxr/master/jquery.pjaxr.min.js
  • Install with Bower: bower install jquery-pjaxr.


Requires jQuery 1.8.x or higher.



That’s all you need to activate pjaxr functionality.

If you only want to bind pjaxr when it’s supported by the user’s browser, you can activate pjaxr like this:

if ($.support.pjaxr) {

Or you can call the click handler by yourself and wrap it with some additional start functionality like this:

if ($.support.pjaxr) {
    $('#some-menu').on('click', 'a[data-pjaxr]', function(event) {

Or you can make a pjaxr request by pure calling:

$(document).pjaxr.request('/about/', {timeout: 1337});

If you are migrating an existing site you probably don’t want to enable pjaxr everywhere just yet. Instead of using a global selector like a try annotating pjaxrable links with data-pjaxr, then use 'a[data-pjaxr]' as your selector.


There is also the possibility to add a data-pjaxr-namespace to the body which will then be set as X-PJAX-NAMESPACE in the request header. This is just for initialising the namespace - Any further values should come from pjaxr responses via <pjaxr-namespace>.

By passing the namespace it’s possible to limit the replacement area on the server side. Checkout existing pjaxr libraries below.


Of course there are some options which will change your pjaxr behavior:

  • timeout: the time in ms pjaxr will wait for a server response before hard loading the page. (default: 650)
  • push: determines whether to push the pjaxr request or not (default: true)
  • replace: determines whether to replace the history state or not. will be ignored if push is true. (default: false)
  • scrollTo: position in pixel the to scroll after pjaxring. (default: 0)
  • version: delivered pjaxr version. used to compare with X-PJAX-VERSION of the response header to force hard load on mismatch. (default: <meta http-equiv="X-PJAX-VERSION" content="...">)

You can either pass them as a second parameter on your pjaxr call or override them globally via $.fn.pjaxr.defaults.


jquery-pjaxr fires a number of events regardless of how its invoked.

All events are fired from the document, cause the actions concern the whole page.

start and end

  • pjaxr:start - Fired when a pjaxr request is made or popstate is triggered.
  • pjaxr:end - Fired when a pjaxr request ends or popstate is triggered.
  • pjaxr:click - Fired when a pjaxr link is clicked.
  • pjaxr:beforeSend - Fired before the pjaxr request begins. Preventing this event will abort the request.
  • pjaxr:send - Fired after the pjaxr request begins.
  • pjaxr:always - Fired after the pjaxr request finishes.
  • pjaxr:success - Fired after the pjaxr request succeeds.
  • pjaxr:done - Fired after the pjaxr request is processed successfully.
  • pjaxr:fail - Fired after the pjaxr request fails. Preventing this event will disable fallback redirect.
  • pjaxr:timeout - Fired if after timeout is reached. Preventing this event will disable the fallback and will wait indefinitely until the response returns.

send and complete are a good pair of events to use if you are implementing a loading indicator. They’ll only be triggered if an actual request is made, not if it’s loaded from cache.

$(document).on('pjaxr:send', function() {
$(document).on('pjaxr:complete', function() {

Response Structure & Rules

Check if the request header have X-PAX set and return rendered html in like this format:

    <meta name="..." ...>
    <meta property="..." ...>
    <link href="..." ...>
    <script src="..."></script>
    <... id="..." ...></...>
    <... id="..." ...></...>
    <... id="..." ...></...>
  • pjaxr-head and pjaxr-body are optional but if both are missing, pjaxr will hard load the giving url.
  • pjaxr-head
    • title will always be replaced if given.
    • meta will be replaced if name or property find a match, otherwise it will be appended.
    • link will be replaced if href finds a match, otherwise it will be appended.
    • script will be replaced if href finds a match, otherwise it will be appended.
    • style will always be appended.
    • data-remove-on-pjaxr can the written to any tag and will force the element to be removed with the next pjaxr request.
  • pjaxr-body
    • every child must have an id.
  • pjaxr-namespace is optional but when given - it’s value will be passed on further request via X-PJAX-NAMESPACE.
  • any other content will be ignored.

Existing Pjaxr Server Side Libraries

These libs are making use of the advanced pjaxr namespacing functionality:

  • Django: https://github.com/iekadou/django-pjaxr

Existing Pjax Server Side Libraries

There are many available plugins for different languages and frameworks which will lift the heavy work for you:

  • Asp.Net MVC3: http://biasecurities.com/blog/2011/using-pjax-with-asp-net-mvc3/
  • Aspen: https://gist.github.com/whit537/6059536
  • CakePHP : https://github.com/sanojimaru/CakePjax
  • Django: https://github.com/jacobian/django-pjax
  • Express: https://github.com/abdelsaid/express-pjax-demo
  • Flask: https://github.com/zachwill/pjax_flask
  • FuelPHP: https://github.com/rcrowe/fuel-pjax
  • Grails: http://www.bobbywarner.com/2012/04/23/add-some-pjax-to-grails/
  • Rails: https://github.com/rails/pjax_rails

Sites using jquery-pjaxr

If you are using this library and want to get listed below. Please let me know. Just make a pull request or write me an email.

  • https://www.socialfunders.org
  • http://www.noxic-action.de/page/


Help is appreciated!

$ git clone https://github.com/minddust/jquery-pjaxr.git
$ cd jquery-pjaxr/
$ python ./tests/app.py
$ phantomjs ./tests/run-qunit.js "http://localhost:5000/"

You may need to install flask to run the app.py and phantomjs to start the tests.


I like to thank Chris Wanstrath for his really awesome jquery-pjax library. This project wouldn’t exist without his work.

Copyright 2013 Stephan Groß, under MIT license.

Want to appreciate my work? minddust at Gittip