I'm building a fresh site on Drupal 7.26 and the main Bootstrap 3 (7.x-3.0) theme from https://drupal.org/project/bootstrap.

My site also uses Organic Groups and Display Suite, along with many other modules. CKEditor 7.x-1.13 is installed. I have not edited the code of any file in the site, including the theme files.

Problem: When creating new content, CKEditor does not appear in the text area with 'filtered HTML' settings.


  • My basic test user with only "authenticated user" role cannot use CKEditor to create or edit content. A Bootstrap-themed textarea is all that shows for all 'filtered HTML' text fields.
  • My admin user, using the Seven theme in overlay for admin and editing, can access CKEditor everywhere I expect to see it. CKEditor buttons and layout are correct.
  • I switched the site default theme over to Seven, and my basic test user could use CKEditor. Once the theme was switched back to Bootstrap, CKEditor went away.
  • The really odd part: CKEditor loads properly for the basic test user in Bootstrap theme for all comment entry forms.

The only permissions I see for CKEditor are "Administer CKEditor access" and "Customize CKEditor appearance", which are both set only to administrator.

Resources I have read that are similar:

In the source code for a create node page in my basic test user's account, I see finally, at line 273 it has the scripts:

<script src="http://my.site.com/sites/all/modules/ckeditor/includes/ckeditor.utils.js?n1lvkb"></script>
<script src="http://my.site.com/sites/all/libraries/ckeditor/ckeditor.js?n1lvkb"></script>
<script src="http://my.site.com/sites/all/themes/bootstrap/js/bootstrap.js?n1lvkb"></script>

I'm wondering if loading the CKEditor js at the end is related to this problem. Since I haven't yet dug into coding in Drupal though, I'm not sure how to correct it. I'll be creating a Bootstrap sub-theme, and maybe I can address this problem there? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.

As I debug this, I'll add some edits at the bottom showing what I find.

Screen captures: new content as seen by basic test user new content as seen by admin user add comment form as seen by basic test user


  1. I created a Bootstrap sub-theme and activated it. For a quick test I pasted the script sources for ckeditor into the head tag. In Firebug, when viewing a Page created by Panels, the console shows this error:

    TypeError: Drupal.settings.ckeditor is undefined window.CKEDITOR_BASEPATH = Drupal.settings.ckeditor.editor_path; on line 5 of ckeditor.utils.js

I guess that means settings haven't loaded yet.

  1. I removed the pasted-in script sources. After removing them, the above settings error no longer appears. Based on the tips in the CKEditor troubleshooting, I verified that php commands to print the vars scripts and page_bottom are in place. Now, on a node creation page, Firebug reports these errors:

    TypeError: a(...).on is not a function ...a(this),f=e.data("bs.modal"),g=a.extend({},b.DEFAULTS,e.data(),"object"==typeof ... bootstrap.min.js (line 9)

2 Answers 2


Solved. The I am using the development version of jQuery_update which provides a fallback version of jQuery to use on administrative pages. -- https://drupal.org/node/1524944

It determines whether or not to use the admin version based on if the current_path() is found in the return value of path_get_admin_paths(). Unfortunately for me, node/add is an administrative path. So, jquery_update kicks in and loads jQuery 1.5.2 to be compatible with the administrative task. It seems CKEditor can't operate with 1.5.2. I noted above that CKEditor loaded without issue for a comment field on a node. Since viewing a node isn't an administrative path, the page was allowed to load jQuery 1.10 which works fine with CKEditor.

For now, I added an array of paths to exempt from admin status (node/add, node/add/post, etc) and added that to the evaluation in jQuery_update. Content creation pages now load jQuery 1.10 and CKEditor appears normally.

UPDATE: in place of the array of exempt paths, I have put in place the patch posted by muschpusch at https://drupal.org/node/2141205 . It has solved this issue.


Same issue with bootstrap theme..ckeditor not loading.

Turns out its jquery_update module issue which is loading admin version (1.5) in my case even when user is adding/editing nodes using our custom theme and not the admin theme.

Latest ckeditor needs minimum 1.7 version of jquery

patch here solves the issue. https://www.drupal.org/node/2141205#comment-9260565

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