How can a third party developer add a jQuery library to Magento 2?

While Magento 2 includes a version of jQuery in their frontend themes, the jQuery object is not immediately available in the global namespace. I belive this is because Magento 2 uses RequireJS to pull in jQuery, and RequireJS won't load a module file until its needed.

This presents a problem for jQuery plugins. Normally, I'd include a plugin with HTML that looked something like this

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://magento-1-9-2-2.dev/js/commercebug/jquery-ui-1.8.custom/js/jquery.cookie.js"></script>

This, however, is not possible with Magento 2. Because the jquery.cookie.js file defines the jQuery plugin by using the global jQuery object, it will fail in Magento 2 with a jQuery is not defined error.

How should a front end developer include a standard jquery plugin library in Magento 2's front end application?

  • magento.stackexchange.com/questions/97184/… maybe helpful Commented Jan 21, 2016 at 4:39
  • @QaisarSatti No, that's not helpful in this context? It shows how to use the main jquery library, and use Magento widget. It doesn't say anything about how to pull in a standard jquery plugin. Commented Jan 21, 2016 at 4:51
  • @AlanStorm you want to add Jquery without using RequireJs? Commented Jan 21, 2016 at 5:28
  • @ShaheerAli No, I want to use the jQuery that ships with Magento 2, and use a third party jquery plugin that doesn't ship with Magento 2 Commented Jan 21, 2016 at 5:35
  • @AlanStrom you need to put your third party plugin js code between the require js function in your js file like require([ 'jquery'], function($){ //your plugin code here }); Commented Jan 21, 2016 at 5:43

4 Answers 4


Create requirejs-config.js Companyname\Modulename\view\frontend\requirejs-config.js add

var config = {
   map: {
       '*': {
           bannerslider: 'Companyname_Modulename/js/flexslider',

Your Js file in your module Companyname\Modulename\view\frontend\web\js\flexslider.js
You just add jquery lib using following syntax

<script type="text/javascript">
    $(window).load(function() {
            animation: "fade",
            controlNav: "thumbnails",
            slideshowSpeed: 2000,
            minItems: 2,
            maxItems: 4

second example

<script type="text/javascript">
        $(window).load(function() {
            alert('jquery working');
  • How does the flexslider javascript file get include into the HTML page and/or requireJS? Commented Jan 21, 2016 at 5:34
  • You can add using require js.if you want i describe in detail
    – Pratik
    Commented Jan 21, 2016 at 5:39
  • @AlanStorm please accept answer if you are clear if not let me know i share more information :)
    – Pratik
    Commented Jan 21, 2016 at 5:59
  • 5
    Even though this works, the "jQuery is not defined" error still pops up every half dozen page refreshes. Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 17:35
  • 2
    Alan has done a great breakdown of the issue in his blog post: alanstorm.com/magento_2_and_requirejs
    – jzahedieh
    Commented Apr 19, 2016 at 11:04

I quote the Magento Docs.

To build a dependency on the third-party plugin, specify a shim in the following configuration files:

In your requirejs-config.js:

var config = {
  "shim": {
     "3-rd-party-plugin": ["jquery"]

Then include your third party plugin code in your Theme or Module: "web/js/3-rd-party-plugin.js" like so:

  // plugin code
  // where $ == jQuery

This solution is favorable because you are including your plugin file without any kind of modification.Simply replace the js file when the plugin author updates or even use a cdn!


Best thing to do is use a Magento 2 Module or a Theme to include such plugins/libraries. It is the recommended way and the best practice.

Method 1 > THEME: If the javascript/jquery library is theme related (In order to change the look and feel of the system).

  • Place the custom component source file in one of the following location
  • Place your requirejs-config.js file in

Method 2 > MODULE: If the javascript/jquery library is related to a particular business function or handles a Magento feature. It should go inside a module.

  • Place the custom component source file in one of the following location

  • Place your requirejs-config.js file in

Magento 2 strongly recommends not changing the source code of default Magento components and widgets. All customizations must be implemented in custom modules or themes.


Alan, jQuery UI Widget factory has a special case. To make AMD compatible please check the following link.


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