Is there a location where I can drop in a custom JavaScript file in Drupal 7.x?

It just includes simple event actions for menus, and I don't want to edit the theme/module files.

Or do I have to just add the "include" hook to the theme/module?

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There's three places where you can put your Javascript resources:

  1. Your theme folder. If you have a theme in your site named Mechaflash, you could put it inside Mechaflash/js or just in Mechaflash. In order to make the theme folder "more organized", generally people create a dedicated js folder. I would place Javascript in the theme when your Javascript delivers functionality specific to the theme / presentation layer, or that it affects all of the site (global).
  2. In one of your custom modules. The same principle of creating a dedicated js folder can also apply here. I generally put JS on the modules when the Javascript is delivering a very specialized functionality relevant to a specific module. It also allows you to "package" your Javascript with your modules and to pass this modules to other sites (i.e. a modular approach).
  3. In the site's library folder. I've never done this personally. Not because it's bad, but because I think it's reserved for more complex functionality that other modules (and themes) can use. A good example, the JQuery UI library.

You can do all of this using the drupal_add_js() function. Here are some examples of how to add a JS file from a module:

// Add a "javascript library" from your module. JS_LIBRARY is an integer constant with a value of -100, which means that `mecha_library.js` will be added before `mecha_ninja.js`.
$module_path = drupal_get_path('module', 'my_module');
drupal_add_js($module_path. 'js/mecha_library.js', array('group' => JS_LIBRARY));

// Add a javascript file from your module. The default 'group' here is JS_DEFAULT, so mecha_ninja.js will be added after mecha_library.js.
$path = drupal_get_path('module', 'my_module');
drupal_add_js($path. 'js/mecha_ninja.js', 'file');
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    The libraries API essentially lets a module/theme declare that it Wants to use a library, and it will be loaded if anyone has declared the need. It cuts down on potentially loading things twice, or loading things when they aren't needed.
    – mpdonadio
    Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 19:27
  • And that counts as a 4th approach, or if you will, as a substitute to the 3rd approach that I mentioned above, because it would generally be preferable to use the Library API rather than specifying a library with drupal_add_js(), for the very reasons @MPD mentions above. Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 19:31
  • I'm attempting #1. I went to the theme's folder but there wasn't a js folder. If I create one and drop the file into it, it doesn't load on the page. Do I have to include the drupal_add_js() function no matter what? If so which file do I add it to? Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 19:49
  • You could call drupal_add_js() in template.php. However when working with the theme, it is much easier to add the relative path to your javascript file to your theme's .info file. Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 19:52
  • @Mechaflash just remember you can't just drop a JS file in your theme, you need to declare it in your .info file hence modify your theme. Also theses changes will be deleted on each theme update so you'd rather consider a sub-theme.
    – tostinni
    Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 15:30

Drupal 7 allows scripts[] and stylesheets[] in both theme.info and module.info files.


The easiest way is in your theme .info file.

You just need to add scripts[] = myscript.js in to the .info file of the theme you are using.

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