How to append an element before an element using jQuery?



To append an element before an element, use the insertBefore() method. The insertBefore( selector) method inserts all of the matched elements before another, specified, set of elements.

Example

Live Demo

<html>

   <head>
      <title>The jQuery Example</title>
      <script src = "https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.3/jquery.min.js"></script>
       
      <script>
         $(document).ready(function() {
            $("div").click(function () {
               $("#source").insertBefore(this);
            });
         });
      </script>
       
      <style>
         .div {
             margin:10px;
             padding:12px;
             border:2px solid #666;
             width:60px;
         }
      </style>
   </head>
   
   <body>
   
      <p>Click on any square below to see the result:</p>
       
      <div class = "div" style = "background-color:blue;"></div>
      <div class = "div" style = "background-color:green;"></div>
      <div class = "div" style = "background-color:red;"></div>
      <div class = "div" id = "source"></div>
       
   </body>
</html>

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