Using jQuery.noConflict() to avoid collision

Libraries other than jQuery may also use $ as an alias. This can cause interference between those libraries and jQuery.

To release $ for use with other libraries:


After calling this function, $ is no longer an alias for jQuery. However, you can still use the variable jQuery itself to access jQuery functions:

jQuery('#hello').text('Hello, World!');

Optionally, you can assign a different variable as an alias for jQuery:

var jqy jQuery.noConflict();
jqy('#hello').text('Hello, World!');

Conversely, to prevent other libraries from interfering with jQuery, you can wrap your jQuery code in an immediately invoked function expression (IIFE) and pass in jQuery as the argument: 

(function($) { $(document).ready(function() {

        $('#hello').text('Hello, World!');


Inside this IIFE, $ is an alias for jQuery only.

Another simple way to secure jQuery's alias and make sure DOM is ready

jQuery(function) { // DOM is ready
     // You're now free to use $ alias
$('#hello').text('Hello, World!');

To summarize,

  • jQuery.noConflict() : $ no longer refers to jQuery, while the variable jQuery does.
  • var jQuery2 jQuery.noConflict() - $ no longer refers to jQuery, while the variable jQuery does and so does the variable jQuery2

Now, there exists a third scenario - What if we want jQuery to be available only in jQuery2? Use,

var jQuery2 jQuery.noConflict(true)

This results in neither nor jQuery referring to jQuery.

This is useful when multiple versions of jQuery are to be loaded onto the same page. 

<script src='https://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.12.4.min.js'></script> <script> var jQuery1 = jQuery.noConflict(true); </script> <script src='https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.1.0.min.js'></script> <script> // Here, jQuery1 refers to jQuery 1.12.4 while, $ and jQuery refers to jQuery 3.1.0.  </script>