Execute Javascript only on page load, not PostBack (SharePoint)

I'm trying to execute some JavaScript on page load on a custom page on a SharePoint site (it populates the people picker with the current user). The problem is that the code executes on postback too, which I don't want as it will reset any changes to the people picker.

I've tried using if(!IsPostBack) to no avail. Everything errors out at that point, giving

SCRIPT5009: 'IsPostBack' is undefined.

I can't find anything online to help with this. Any ideas? Thanks


You can create a function like this:

function IsPostBack() { var ret = '<%= Page.IsPostBack%>' == 'True'; return ret; }


IsPostBack is not a javascript variable, it's a .NET webforms variable that is only available on the server so the client will complain about it. So what to do then? I suggest this mish-mash in your control's html:

<% if(IsPostBack) { %> <!-- runs on server --> <script type="text/javascript"> alert('will only be printed to html if not postback'); </script> <% } %> <!-- ends server if-block -->


You may want to try the below. Use the JavaScript pageLoad method and use the isInAsyncPostBack Property of the PageRequestManager object to determine whether it's a postback. Refer the MSDN link here for more details.

<script type="text/javascript" language="javascript"> function pageLoad(sender, args) { if (!Sys.WebForms.PageRequestManager.getInstance().get_isInAsyncPostBack()) { // call you JavaScript function in here } } </script>


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