jQuery data(): can't get stored data using jQuery selectors

I want to store some information in DOM elements (rows of table). I think I can do it using jQuery's data() function. I wrote some test code and found out that I can't get the stored data from elements using jQuery selectors. Is it possible? Maybe I'm doing something wrong?

Here is the simple code:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <title>JQuery data() test</title>
    <script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-latest.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

<table id="myTable">
    <tr id="rowPrototype" style="display:none;">
        <td class="td1"></td>
        <td class="td2"></td>
    var table = $("#myTable");
    for (var i = 0; i < 5; i++) {
        var newRow = $("#rowPrototype").clone();

        $.data(newRow, "number", i);
        console.log("Data added to row: " + $.data(newRow, "number"));

        var tds = newRow.find("td");

    var trs = table.find("tr");
    trs.each(function () {
        var tr = $(this).text();
        var data = $.data(tr, "number");
        console.log("number: " + data);


I expect the following output:

number: undefined (row prototype)
number: 0
number: 1
number: 2
number: 3
number: 4

But actual is:

number: undefined
number: undefined
number: undefined
number: undefined
number: undefined
number: undefined

So what's wrong with this code?

UPD You can test it here: https://jsfiddle.net/rfrz332o/3/

Answers 1

  • $.data() expects DOM element, not jQuery object. Add [i] or use .get(i) at $.data(newRow[i], "number", i); and all js that follows where $.data() is used to reference DOM element.

    There is also an issue with the for loop. If there is actually only one tr element and two td elements within #myTable, when i reaches 2 , if the selector included i the result would be undefined, as the maximum index of td elements would still be 1 within the cloned table ; whether $.data() or .data() is used. Similarly for the one tr element within #myTable; when i reaches 1

    jQuery.data( element, key, value )


    Type: Element

    The DOM element to associate with the data.

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