How to Add WYSIWYG HTML Editor to Textarea with CKEditor

How to Add WYSIWYG HTML Editor to Textarea with CKEditor

How to Add WYSIWYG HTML Editor to Textarea with CKEditor

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When you wish to allow the user to insert formatted text content into a textarea input box, the WYSIWYG Editor comes in handy. The WYSIWYG editor, which is often powered by JavaScript, turns prepared text to HTML before completing the online form. The user may input HTML material into the textarea and format it directly in the text editor. When the editor's content is submitted, the precise text format is sent to the server as HTML.

To add a text editor to a textarea using jQuery, there are several WYSIWYG editor plugins available. CKEditor is one of them that can be used to add a rich text editor to a textarea. CKEditor is a WYSIWYG editor plugin that converts textareas to full-featured HTML editors. In this article, we'll teach you how to quickly add CKEditor to a textarea.

Before you begin, make sure you have the most recent version of the CKEditor plugin. Unzip the downloaded file and put it in the root directory of your web application. There is no need to download the CKEditor individually because all of the necessary files are present in our source code.

Add CKEditor to Textarea

In the webpage where you wish to include the WYSIWYG HTML Editor, add a textarea element.

<textarea name="editor" id="editor" rows="10" cols="80"></textarea>

Include the CKEditor plugin's JS library file.

<script src="ckeditor/ckeditor.js"></script>

To change the textarea field with CKEditor, use the CKEDITOR.replace() function. You must provide the ID of the element that will be replaced by the WYSIWYG HTML editor.


The following code demonstrates how to include CKEditor on a webpage to replace the textarea component with a richer text editor.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en-US">
<meta charset="utf-8">
<!-- Include CKEditor library -->
<script src="ckeditor/ckeditor.js"></script>
    <textarea name="editor" id="editor" rows="10" cols="80">
        This is my textarea to be replaced with CKEditor.

    // Replace the <textarea> with a CKEditor


Save CKEditor Editor Content

When the form> is submitted, the editor content is uploaded as HTML to the form action URL. In PHP, you may retrieve the HTML content of the CKEditor by utilising the $_REQUEST or $_POST methods.



You can use it for personal or commercial projects. You can't resell it partially or in this form.


Create Date : Feb 15, 2022

Updated Date : Feb 15, 2022


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