Because of an external module by click on form submit the site gets called 5 times. I don't know how to use once correctly!

(function ($) {
  Drupal.behaviors.myFunction = {
    attach: function (context, settings) {

  ... loading dom Elements  as document.ready()...

then the tricky part call my function only 1 time, not 5 times!??

     function my_new_function(variable){


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  • Are you using Drupal 7, or Drupal 8? The method is slightly different depending on the version. – Jaypan Aug 24 '17 at 8:53

You can use $.once(), which is available in both Drupal 7 and Drupal 8. The code called inside $.once() will only be executed a single time for the HTML element it is called on.

For D7, you can do this:

(function ($, Drupal) {

  function someElementWatcher(context) {
    // $.once acts like $.each, and loops through the found elements.
    // The code inside $.once() will act on each element in the jQuery object
    // a single time.
    $(context).find(".some_element").once("some-arbitrary-but-unique-key", function () {
      // $(this) refers to the current instance of $(".some_element")
      $(this).click(function () {
        // Do something clicky.

  Drupal.behaviors.someUniqueKey = {
    attach:function (context) {
}(jQuery, Drupal));

In Drupal 8, the $.once() functionality has changed under the hood, and the method of setting it has changed on the front end.. In D8, $.once() needs to be combined with $.each(). So this:

$(context).find(".some_element").once("some-arbitrary-but-unique-key", function () {});

Becomes this in D8:

$(context).find(".some_element").once("some-arbitrary-but-unique-key").each(function () {});

Drupal provides the jquery plugin once(), which allows you to ensure a function is run only once on any single element. You can use this within your behaviour.

See Drupal.behaviours here: https://www.drupal.org/docs/8/api/javascript-api/javascript-api-overview

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