jQuery.serializeAnything : Serialize anything (and not just forms!)

Code snippet I found somewhere in my archive: jQuery.serializeAnything() is a jQuery Extension that serializes any element you specify, in contrast to jQuery’s builtin serialize() function which is limited to serializing form elements only.

/* @projectDescription jQuery Serialize Anything - Serialize anything (and not just forms!)
 * @author Bramus! (Bram Van Damme)
 * @version 1.0
 * @website: https://www.bram.us/
 * @license : BSD

(function($) {

	$.fn.serializeAnything = function() {

		var toReturn	= [];
		var els 		= $(this).find(':input').get();

		$.each(els, function() {
			if (this.name && !this.disabled && (this.checked || /select|textarea/i.test(this.nodeName) || /text|hidden|password/i.test(this.type))) {
				var val = $(this).val();
				toReturn.push( encodeURIComponent(this.name) + "=" + encodeURIComponent( val ) );

		return toReturn.join("&").replace(/%20/g, "+");



Usage is simple: place the contents above in a .js file (jquery.serializeanything.js for example), refer to that file from your head element AFTER you referenced the jquery.js file, and use it just as you would call the serialize() function in your code: $('#myElement').serializeAnything().


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18 Responses to jQuery.serializeAnything : Serialize anything (and not just forms!)

  1. Bob says:

    Hi, I just came across this. Simple, convenient, and just what I needed. Thanks!

  2. Florin says:

    I tried $(‘#myElement’).serialize() and it did the same thing 🙂

  3. Bramus! says:

    @Florin: pre jQuery 1.3 that didn’t work 😉

  4. ?????? says:

    That’s really works! I used jQuery 1.3. Thanks!

  5. iwanttobelieve says:

    Omg this is what I am looking for, thank you a lot!

  6. Miro says:

    Very usefull indeed!

  7. Reckless says:

    Does not work with a multiple select box or file inputs.

  8. D-Cis says:

    let jQuery do the stuff for you…

    $(‘#ingreso_detalle tbody tr:first td:first’)
    .find(‘[name]:input’) //since version 1.0
    .clone() //since version 1.0
    .wrap(”) //since version 1.0
    .serialize() //since version 1.0

  9. Zequez says:

    Just what I was looking for, thanks.

  10. idham says:

    Hi. I just want to say thanks. This is nice.

  11. Ckarl says:

    Great!! exactly I need for serialize disable elements of my form

  12. Jose says:

    Thanks for this, helped to serialize data our ajaxy site.
    I’v used your code to create a new plugin: tadada [b]serializeall[/b] – to json or to uri.
    I found the json conversion code on jquery serializeArray page.

    code: http://pastie.org/4411132

  13. Narendra says:

    Can it serialize images

  14. MrAtiebatie says:

    Thanks for the snippet! But please use normal quotes in your code I spend an hour searching for the error that came up every time 🙁

  15. Iti says:


    this function will serialize first time but if i move back to form n update a few values it wont show the result as new values but same old values.

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