I need to use a different jQuery version. Currently, Drupal is using jQuery 3.2.1, but I need a previous version.

In Drupal 7 you could easily change jQuery version with the jQuery Update module. How can I achieve the same with Drupal 8?

  • The jquery_update module was meant for upping the version of jQuery back then, because the core version was almost never updated with the pace jQuery was moving. You could try the override method outlined here: drupal.org/node/2497313 - bear in mind that other core/contrib modules that rely on jQuery could break in 8.4.x using an older release of jQuery.
    – Kevin
    Oct 16, 2017 at 14:23
  • Here is a similar question using the override/extend approach: drupal.stackexchange.com/q/200418/57
    – Kevin
    Oct 16, 2017 at 14:25
  • See the "Overriding and extending libraries" section here: drupal.org/docs/8/theming-drupal-8/…
    – Kevin
    Oct 16, 2017 at 14:25

2 Answers 2


Add your custom jQuery library in your mytheme.libraries.yml:

  remote: https://github.com/jquery/jquery
  version: "2.2.4"
    name: MIT
    url: https://github.com/jquery/jquery/blob/2.2.4/LICENSE.txt
    gpl-compatible: true
    js/jquery-2.2.4.min.js: { minified: true, weight: -20 }

Then override the core jQuery library in your mytheme.info.yml:

  # Replace an entire library.
  core/jquery: mytheme/jquery-custom
  • 1
    This only sort of worked for me. When I override the core/jquery (even with the same version of jQuery) I get a whole load of .once() is not a function errors from drupal somewhere. Nov 26, 2019 at 23:20
  • Note: This answer assumes that you've downloaded the jquery-2.2.4.min.js file and placed it in your my_theme/js/ dir. Also, this will not work in a module, only in a/the theme. May 3, 2021 at 16:48

Re from: Drupal 8 theme showing Uncaught TypeError: $(…).find(…).once is not a function in console >

This shouldn't be an issue in newer versions of Drupal but just in case anyone stumbles upon this like me: After @GiorgosK's answer I changed my

  once('drop-render', '.form-item-field-myfield-value-min', context).each(function () {


  $(once('drop-render', '.form-item-field-myfield-value-min', context)).each(function () {

and it worked beautifully.

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