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jQuery Get Started

Adding jQuery to Your Web Pages

There are several ways to start using jQuery on your web site. You can:

  • Download the jQuery library from jQuery.com
  • Include jQuery from a CDN, like Google

Downloading jQuery

There are two versions of jQuery available for downloading:

  • Production version - this is for your live website because it has been minified and compressed
  • Development version - this is for testing and development (uncompressed and readable code)

Both versions can be downloaded from jQuery.com.

The jQuery library is a single JavaScript file, and you reference it with the HTML <script> tag (notice that the <script> tag should be inside the <head> section):

<head>
<script src="jquery-1.12.0.min.js"></script>
</head>

jQuery CDN

If you don't want to download and host jQuery yourself, you can include it from a CDN (Content Delivery Network).

Both Google and Microsoft host jQuery.

To use jQuery from Google or Microsoft, use one of the following:

Google CDN:

<head>
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.12.0/jquery.min.js"></script>
</head>

Microsoft CDN:

<head>
<script src="http://ajax.aspnetcdn.com/ajax/jQuery/jquery-1.12.0.min.js"></script>
</head>