I've been able to get jQuery to load and work for some basic things such as:

(function ($) {
  console.log('jquery called');

  $(document).click(function() {
    var h1 = $('h1').text();

However, when I try to do the following, nothing happens.

(function ($) {
  $("h1").click(function() {

I'm wondering if this has something to do with when the .js file gets called. I suspect that the document element already exists, so having a click event on it is no problem. However, I think that the h1 elements don't exist by the time the click event is loaded. I've tried the .bind() and .on() functions as well, with no luck.

Any ideas?

I call my .js file from my theme's info file, not sure if that matters.

  • have you tried it in $(document).ready() function?
    – Geoff
    Jul 6, 2014 at 0:12
  • Yeah, I tried putting the test alert() in the $(document).ready() function, but it still didn't work.
    – Stan
    Jul 6, 2014 at 1:46
  • are there any errors in the console.log?
    – Ollie
    Jul 6, 2014 at 10:19
  • Nope, no errors in the console.log.
    – Stan
    Jul 6, 2014 at 16:01

2 Answers 2

(function ($) {
// To understand behaviors, see https://drupal.org/node/756722#behaviors
Drupal.behaviors.ss2 = {
  attach: function(context, settings) {

  $("h1").click(function() {


be careful with braces at the end, and rename ss2 as you want, it's just for example...

  • I had tried getting it to work using behaviors, but that was a dead-end for me as well.
    – Stan
    Jul 6, 2014 at 16:02
  • No try understand, just use as it is shown.
    – Nikit
    Jul 6, 2014 at 21:07
  • This gets my vote. Behaviors are the Drupal way; they are called after the DOM is created, so there isn't any problem with the code trying to access an HTML element before it is created. Plus, they are a must in the serious Drupal programming.
    – apaderno
    Jul 8, 2014 at 13:37

So figured out that having your jQuery called in the footer after all the dom elements load works much better for things like click events. Here is how I got it to work:

  • Open your theme's template.php file
  • In the ThemeName_preprocess_html(&$variables) function add the following:
    drupal_add_js(drupal_get_path('theme', '**ThemeName**') . '/js/**FileName**.js', array( 
      'scope' => 'footer', 
      'weight' => '15' 
  • Have your FileName.js file look something like this:

(function ($) {
//insert your jquery here $('h1').click(function() { $(this).hide('slow'); console.log('h1 clicked!');
}); }(jQuery));

  • 1
    This show that you have something broken on the site, in future it will raise new problem, resolve first your issue...
    – Nikit
    Jul 6, 2014 at 21:08

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