Nikita Kazakov
Nikita Kazakov
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Javascript is asynchronous and a common pain-point is running a script before a DOM element on the page has loaded.

One way to handle this is by adding a listener to the document which listens for the DOMEContentLoaded event.

document.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", function(){
  // Code here waits to run until the DOM is loaded.

In complicated scenarios — when several elements on the page are loading data via AJAX — the above script doesn’t work.

I use the snippet below to check when a specific DOM element is present on the page and then run code. I took it from Volomike at Stack Overflow.

    const isElementLoaded = async selector => {
      while ( document.querySelector(selector) === null) {
        await new Promise( resolve =>  requestAnimationFrame(resolve) )
      return document.querySelector(selector);

    // I'm checking for a specific class .file-item and then running code. You can also check for an id or an element.
    isElementLoaded('.file-item').then((selector) => {
        // Run code here.

This code is clever as it loops looking for a specific selector and returns a promise.