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Friday 1 October 2010

ASP.NET MVC IsAjaxRequest() not recognising request from jQuery $.ajax()

If you are finding that an AJAX request from, say, a piece of jQuery AJAX code such as $.ajax() $.get() or $.post() or you own custom AJAX code (you legend) is not registering as an AJAX request when using the IsAjaxRequest() then the problem is probably to do with X-Requested-With.

I used .NET Reflector to have a look at how IsAjaxRequest() works and it is something like this:
return ((request["X-Requested-With"] == "XMLHttpRequest") || ((request.Headers != null) && (request.Headers["X-Requested-With"] == "XMLHttpRequest")));

So that means you need to have a header of "X-Requested-With" set to "XMLHttpRequest" which is usually the case when you are using AJAX libraries like ASP.NET's or jQuery's. You can see if this is the case using Fiddler.

However, interestingly you can also set this as either part of your form POST or even a GET querystring! Such as (case sensitive). This will also make IsAjaxRequest() return true.

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