How to Use jQuery Libraries Within Salesforce Lightning Components

When building Lightning Components, using the HTML script markup is not supported. However, there’s an alternative that is easy to implement. Follow these step-by-step instructions to learn how to use external JavaScript or jQuery libraries within Salesforce Lightning Components.

Upload a Static Resource

Before you can use the jQuery library within your Lightning Component, you need to create a static resource for the JavaScript files.

Static resources can be uploaded as a single file or a group of files in a ZIP folder. To upload a static resource go to Setup > Custom Code > Static Resources.

Loading a Single JS File

When building Lightning Components, using the HTML script markup is not supported and will result in this error message: “script tags only allowed in templates”. The alternative way is to use ltng:require which enables you to load external JavaScript libraries.

Static resources can be included using the standard syntax: {!$Resource.yourResourceName + ‘/yourFileName.js’}.

Loading Multiple JS Files

If you have more than one JavaScript file the syntax is a bit different due to a quirk in the way $Resource is parsed in expressions.

Use the jQuery library within a component

Once the jQuery libraries are loaded on the page, to utilize the library include the afterScriptsLoaded event and place the method within your client-side controller.

Component markup

Client-side controller markup


Here’s a example of using jQuery One Page Nav within a Lightning Component:


Client-side controller


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