Using jQuery in Drupal

Drupal 7 includes jQuery 1.4.4 by default. So getting started using jQuery in your module or theme is really simple. The easiest way to include a javascript file is to include it in a .info file with a line like "scripts[]= myfile.js".

How to include your js file in a module or theme

Add it to the .info file

scripts[] = js/myjavascript.js

this will include the javascript file on every page that includes your module or theme.

Include it in your Theme's template.php

Themes have more granular control of where javascript file is included in template.php

drupal_add_js(drupal_get_path('theme','kepler6_omega') . 'js/myjavascript.js');

Use drupal_add_js in your module

Include js in yarr.module

function yarr_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id) {
  drupal_add_js(drupal_get_path('module,'yarr') . 'js/myjavascript.js');

Use drupal_add_library to add libraries included in Drupal

example add jQueryUI Accordion library


While jQuery core is included by default, jQuery UI is not, so you need to include that with drupal_add_library if you need it, as above.)

Drupal Behaviors

Drupal behaviors are used instead $(document).ready();

$(document).ready() is used to wait until the entire DOM is loaded before adding
your javascript functionality to the DOM.

Drupal adds its own way to add your javascript to the DOM

Drupal attach behaviors

attach your functionality to the Drupal objects behavior array

(function($) {

Drupal.behaviors.yarr = {
  attach: function(context, settings) {
    $('h1 > a').each(function(i) {
      var h1text = $(this).text();
      $(this).text("Yarrr, matey! " + h1text);
    $('h1:not(:has(a))').each(function(i) {
      var h1text = $(this).text();
      $(this).text("Yarr, " + h1text);


Notes on the code example

  • The outside wrapper is required if you wish to use the short jquery "$" syntax.
  • $('h1 > a') selects all of the H1 headers (and the inner anchor) that have immediate anchor children
  • $('h1:not(:has(a))') selects all H1 headers that do not have anchors embedded
    in them.
  • .each, iterates over each element in the selector.

Inside the function the "this" object refers to the current DOM element. If you want
the jQuery object use the $(this) syntax.

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