jQuery $.cookie is not a function


I am trying to set a cookie using jQuery:

$.cookie("testCookie", "hello");

But when I load my page, I receive the error "$.cookie is not a function". Here is what I know:

  • I have downloaded the jQuery cookie plugin here.
  • I am linking to jQuery and THEN the cookie plugin.
  • Both jQuery and jQuery.cookie are loading correctly with 200 OKs.

I have looked at several other answers (here and here among others), to which most people suggested renaming the cookie.js file. I have renamed my cookie file "jquery.cookeee.js" but the results are the same.

Any ideas on what is going on here?

If it helps, I am creating a web application in MVC 4.

This question is tagged with javascript jquery asp.net-mvc cookies

~ Asked on 2013-08-02 19:14:29

The Best Answer is


Here are all the possible problems/solutions I have come across:

1. Download the cookie plugin

$.cookie is not a standard jQuery function and the plugin needs to be downloaded here. Make sure to include the appropriate <script> tag where necessary (see next).

2. Include jQuery before the cookie plugin

When including the cookie script, make sure to include jQuery FIRST, then the cookie plugin.

<script src="~/Scripts/jquery-2.0.3.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="~/Scripts/jquery_cookie.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

3. Don't include jQuery more than once

This was my problem. Make sure you aren't including jQuery more than once. If you are, it is possible that:

  1. jQuery loads correctly.
  2. The cookie plugin loads correctly.
  3. Your second inclusion of jQuery overwrites the first and destroys the cookie plugin.

For anyone using ASP.Net MVC projects, be careful with the default javascript bundle inclusions. My second inclusion of jQuery was within one of my global layout pages under the line @Scripts.Render("~/bundles/jquery").

4. Rename the plugin file to not include ".cookie"

In some rare cases, renaming the file to something that does NOT include ".cookie" has fixed this error, apparently due to web server issues. By default, the downloaded script is titled "jquery.cookie.js" but try renaming it to something like "jquery_cookie.js" as shown above. More details on this problem are here.

~ Answered on 2013-08-05 18:24:18


The old version of jQuery Cookie has been deprecated, so if you're getting the error:

$.cookie is not a function

you should upgrade to the new version.

The API for the new version is also different - rather than using


you should use


~ Answered on 2016-07-20 23:44:14

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