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Help With URL parameter to open tabs info

Posted on 2011-03-02
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Need some help with the script below. I would like to add the ability to pass a url parameter that would open one of the tabs based on ex URL#tabinfo parameter. Any help would be great thanks.
(function ($) {
    function getactTabAnc() {
        return this.find('.active>a')[0];
    function getContentId(tabAnchorS) {
        return $(tabAnchorS).attr('href').replace('#', '');
    function applyStyles(newActTabAnc) {
        var actTabAnc = newActTabAnc || getactTabAnc.apply(this), activeContentId = getContentId(actTabAnc);
        this.find('a').each(function () {
            var $cur = $(this), curContentId = getContentId(this);
            if (activeContentId === curContentId) {
                $('#' + curContentId).show();
            else {
                $('#' + curContentId).hide();
    $.fn.tabs = function () {
        return this.each(function () {
            var $tabTainer = $(this);
            $tabTainer.find('a').click(function (e) {
                var actTabAnc = getactTabAnc.apply($tabTainer), isActive = this === actTabAnc;
                if (!isActive) {
                    applyStyles.apply($tabTainer, [this]);

  <ul id="tabsHolder">
    <li class="active"><a href="#tabId1">Header 1</a></li>
    <li><a href="#tabId2">Header 2</a></li>
   <div id="tabId1">Content 1</div>
   <div id="tabId2">Content 2</div>

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Question by:yando18
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Expert Comment

by:Gurvinder Pal Singh
ID: 35024251
you can get the parameter value by name from the URL's querystring

then you can set the tab related to it to active

Author Comment

ID: 35024276
How would you apply this to the script attached?
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by:Gurvinder Pal Singh
ID: 35024286
what is the relation between the parameter value and tab ?
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Author Comment

ID: 35024319
Ideally I would like the parameter to open the tab. For example http://URL.com/#tab2 would open up the second tabs content.
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Accepted Solution

Gurvinder Pal Singh earned 1500 total points
ID: 35024431
In that case you just need to add this line before line 2

$("#" + location.hash).parent().addClass("active");


Author Comment

ID: 35027986
So I added that code to the second line however it does not seem to work. When I added #tabId2 to the end of the URL the tab does not open. Thoughts? Thanks again.

Author Comment

ID: 35031254
Does anyone have any thoughts about this issue? I could really use some advice.

Author Comment

ID: 35032209
So I got it to work by using:

However I need remove the active class placed on the li by default.


Author Comment

ID: 35040253
So I was able to get the tabs to display using the code below, which has been altered a bit. The tabs active state changes however the tabs content is not displaying. Instead the default tabs content is displayed. Any help would be great. Thanks for your help with this.
<script type="text/javascript">
           $(document).ready(function () {
               var hash = location.href.split("#")[1];
               if (hash) {
                   $('#tabsHolder li').removeClass('active');
                   $("a[href=#" + hash + "]").parent().addClass("active");
               } else {
                   $("#tabsHolder li:first-child").addClass("active");

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Author Closing Comment

ID: 35077888
I used another solution. Thanks

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