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Avoiding namespace collisions


Libraries other than jQuery may also use $ as an alias. This can cause interference between those libraries and jQuery.

To release $ for use with other libraries:


After calling this function, $ is no longer an alias for jQuery. However, you can still use the variable jQuery itself to access jQuery functions:

jQuery('#hello').text('Hello, World!');

Optionally, you can assign a different variable as an alias for jQuery:

var jqy = jQuery.noConflict();
jqy('#hello').text('Hello, World!');

Conversely, to prevent other libraries from interfering with jQuery, you can wrap your jQuery code in an immediately invoked function expression (IIFE) and pass in jQuery as the argument:

(function($) {
    $(document).ready(function() {
        $('#hello').text('Hello, World!');

Inside this IIFE, $ is an alias for jQuery only.

Another simple way to secure jQuery's $ alias and make sure DOM is ready:

jQuery(function( $ ) { // DOM is ready
   // You're now free to use $ alias
   $('#hello').text('Hello, World!');

To summarize,

  • jQuery.noConflict() : $ no longer refers to jQuery, while the variable jQuery does.
  • var jQuery2 = jQuery.noConflict() - $ no longer refers to jQuery, while the variable jQuery does and so does the variable jQuery2.

Now, there exists a third scenario - What if we want jQuery to be available only in jQuery2? Use,

var jQuery2 = jQuery.noConflict(true)

This results in neither $ nor jQuery referring to jQuery.

This is useful when multiple versions of jQuery are to be loaded onto the same page.

<script src=''></script>
    var jQuery1 = jQuery.noConflict(true);
<script src=''></script>
    // Here, jQuery1 refers to jQuery 1.12.4 while, $ and jQuery refers to jQuery 3.1.0.