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Show a loading indicator when an iframe is being loaded

Written byPhuoc Nguyen
06 Apr, 2020
Level 2 — Intermediate
It's always a good practice to let user know what is happenning. This post demonstrates a common case where we show a loading indicator while an iframe is being loaded.
Here is our iframe:
<iframe id="frame"></iframe>

The markup

The loading indicator and iframe are organized as following:
<div class="container">
<!-- The loading indicator -->
<div class="loading" id="loading">Loading</div>

<!-- The iframe -->
<iframe id="frame" style="opacity: 0"></iframe>
Initially, the iframe will be hidden by setting the opacity to zero. On the other hand, the loading indicator could be displayed at the center and on top of the iframe.
We can apply some CSS styles to the container and loading elements:
.container {
/* To position the loading */
position: relative;

.loading {
/* Absolute position */
left: 0;
position: absolute;
top: 0;

/* Take full size */
height: 100%;
width: 100%;

/* Center */
align-items: center;
display: flex;
justify-content: center;
This page introduces the most simple way to center an element in both horizontal and vertical directions

Handle the event

The layout looks good now. By default, user will see only the loading indicator. We will hide the loading indicator (or even remove it if you want) as soon as the iframe is loaded:
// Query the elements
const iframeEle = document.getElementById('iframe');
const loadingEle = document.getElementById('loading');

iframeEle.addEventListener('load', function () {
// Hide the loading indicator
loadingEle.style.display = 'none';

// Bring the iframe back
iframeEle.style.opacity = 1;

See also

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