jQuery AJAX Call to PHP Script with JSON Return

I’ve been smashing my head against a brick wall with this one, i’ve tried loads of the solutions on stackoverflow but can’t find one that works!

Basically when I POST my AJAX the PHP returns JSON but the AJAX shows Undefined instead of the value:


  /* attach a submit handler to the form */
  $("#group").submit(function(event) {

  /* stop form from submitting normally */

  /*clear result div*/

  /* get some values from elements on the page: */
  var val = $(this).serialize();

  /* Send the data using post and put the results in a div */
      url: "inc/group.ajax.php",
      type: "post",
      data: val,
  datatype: 'json',
      success: function(data){
            $('#result').html(data.status +':' + data.message);
          $("#result").html('There was an error updating the settings');


  $db = new DbConnector();
  $sql='SELECT grp.group_id, group_name, group_enabled, COUNT('.USER_TBL.'.id) AS users, grp.created, grp.updated '
        .'FROM '.GROUP_TBL.' grp '
        .'LEFT JOIN members USING(group_id) '
        .'WHERE grp.group_id ='.$group_id.' GROUP BY grp.group_id';

    $result = $db->query($sql);
    $row = mysql_fetch_array($result);
    $users = $row['users'];
    if(!$users == '0'){
        $return["json"] = json_encode($return);
        echo json_encode(array('status' => 'error','message'=> 'There are users in this group'));

        $sql2= 'DELETE FROM '.GROUP_TBL.' WHERE group_id='.$group_id.'';
        $result = $db->query($sql2);

            echo json_encode(array('status' => 'error','message'=> 'The group has not been removed'));
            echo json_encode(array('status' => 'success','message'=> 'The group has been removed'));

JSON Result from firebug:

{"status":"success","message":"success message"}

AJAX Displays the JSON result as Undefined and I dont have a clue why. I have tried displaying adding dataType='json' and datatype='json'. I have also tried changing it to data.status and data['status']: still no joy though.

Any help would be really appreciated.


Make it dataType instead of datatype.

And add below code in php as your ajax request is expecting json and will not accept anything, but json.

header('Content-Type: application/json');

Correct Content type for JSON and JSONP

The response visible in firebug is text data. Check Content-Type of the response header to verify, if the response is json. It should be application/json for dataType:'json' and text/html for dataType:'html'.

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