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'Uncaught ReferenceError: jQuery is not defined' when using webpack #322

mark-norgate opened this Issue Feb 19, 2016 · 5 comments


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mark-norgate commented Feb 19, 2016

I am writing an app using Angular 2, webpack and I am using the icheck front-end library.

I am requiring them in my component thusly:

var jQuery: any = require("jquery");

I have also tried like this:


This builds successfully using the webpack server and npm, but I get an error in the browser:

Uncaught ReferenceError: jQuery is not defined (jquery.min.icheck.js:11)

I have used this plugin before in an Angular 2 component but I never had any problems like this. I have compared the current app with the working app and I can't see any differences; it should work!

I am really up against it now and have to get this prepared for Monday. Anyone have any problems like this?


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raulferras commented Apr 19, 2016

Try this:

var $ = require('jquery');
window.jQuery = $;

iCheck is not ready neither for AMD nor CommonJS module system so it expects jQuery to be defined in the window object.

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cnlevy commented May 5, 2016

I had the same problem with bootstrap-switch
I followed @raulferras advice which did solve my problem
Then i added the following in webpack.config.js

plugins: [
        new webpack.ProvidePlugin({
            'window.jQuery': 'jquery',
            'window.$': 'jquery',

and it now works without workarounds


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gaurav123337 commented May 21, 2016

Thanks a lot. 👍 raulferras


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farin commented Aug 14, 2016

FYI, for me, provide plugin plugin works only without window.

plugins: [
  new webpack.ProvidePlugin({
      $: "jquery",
      jQuery: "jquery"

Anyway, Thx 👍


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maqduni commented Mar 8, 2017

You could also use expose-loader. The example below is written for webpack 2,

module: {
    rules: [
      { test: /[\/]jquery\.js$/, use: 'expose-loader?$!expose?jQuery' }

dgdavid added a commit to dgdavid/rails4-webpack2-sample-app that referenced this issue Apr 2, 2018

Expose jQuery to global object
Because in many scenarios, such as when a _.js.erb_ file is rendered, is
needed to have it available globally, in order to avoid the `$ is not
defined` error.

More info:
fronteed/icheck#322 (comment)
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