Is anybody successfully running jQuery 1.7? I'm using a jQuery component on my pages which requires jQuery 1.7 or later. This version causes some unwanted side effects in the admin UI, such as checked checkboxes that don't reveal additional controls when available, or field widget not being active.

I was wondering if there's a solution that could let me easily work with jQuery 1.7.

I saw this answer before asking. As far as I understand, there are 2 separate issues: updating src of the jQuery to 1.7.x, and updating the javascript used by admin. I tried to use the latest jquery_update development snapshot, and apply a patch, but it does not solve the above-mentioned problems with UI.

  • The policy pretty much dictates that upgrading Drupal versions shouldn't break anything that relies on jQuery, so the version stays consistent.
    – mpdonadio
    Commented May 4, 2012 at 16:54
  • Technically this issue is a dupe of drupal.stackexchange.com/a/41394/809 Also I'm a bit bias but the other question has a better answer.
    – ericduran
    Commented Aug 31, 2012 at 22:16

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I would look at Clive's advice on doing it manually here:

How do I update jQuery to the latest version I can download?

and add some more intelligence into the script to not do it on admin pages, eg:

if (arg(0)=='admin') {

You would also have to do that on node/#/add and node/#/edit pages etc so as to not disrupt anything "core" there, or, if you want, dive into drupal core and bring everything else up to 1.7 as well.

Depending on what version of Drupal you are running, this might also work:

function YOURTHEME_preprocess_page(&$vars) {
    $scripts = drupal_add_js('PATH TO YOUR JQUERY FILE');
    unset($scripts['core']['PATH TO DRUPAL JQUERY FILE']);
    $variables['scripts'] = drupal_get_js('header', $scripts);

where you could set "YOUR CONDITION HERE" to be whatever pages you want the new jquery on, eg, arg(0)!='admin' etc.

  • Thanks Jimajamma, I did not use your code, but your answer put me on the right track. I found a nice patch that adds UI to the jquery_update config screen, that allows you to use different versions of jQuery for admin. drupal.org/node/1524944. Working good so far. Commented May 4, 2012 at 16:48
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    Keep in mind that ctools has had a history of breaking, too, with jquery updates. You may need to adjust the patch to account for this.
    – mpdonadio
    Commented May 4, 2012 at 16:55
  • Thanks for pointing this out. Do you have an idea what would be the best way to test against that? Commented May 4, 2012 at 17:05
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    +1 A nice simple way to get a list of all admin pages that don't have 'admin' in the url is: $pages = module_invoke_all('admin_paths');
    – Clive
    Commented May 4, 2012 at 17:20
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    @Clive, does this catch ctools AJAX URLs? Like when you use a ctools widget on a "normal" page?
    – mpdonadio
    Commented May 4, 2012 at 17:35

jQuery Update now has the ability to enable different jQuery versions for the front-end and the back-end. Download the latest dev version and you're good to go: 1.5 in the backend, so it works with the Views UI, and 1.7 or 1.8 in the frontend, for extra jQuery goodness.

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