In order to build jQuery, you need to have GNU make 3.8 or later, Node.js 0.2 or later, and git 1.7 or later. (Earlier versions might work OK, but are not tested.)
Windows users have two options:
- Install msysgit (Full installer for official Git), GNU make for Windows, and a binary version of Node.js. Make sure all three packages are installed to the same location (by default, this is C:\Program Files\Git).
- Install Cygwin (make sure you install the git, make, and which packages), then either follow the Node.js build instructions or install the binary version of Node.js.
Mac OS users should install Xcode (comes on your Mac OS install DVD, or downloadable from
Apple's Xcode site) and
http://mxcl.github.com/homebrew/. Once Homebrew is installed, run
brew install git to install git,
brew install node to install Node.js.
Linux/BSD users should use their appropriate package managers to install make, git, and node, or build from source if you swing that way. Easy-peasy.
First, clone a copy of the main jQuery git repo by running
git clone git://github.com/jquery/jquery.git.
Then, to get a complete, minified, jslinted version of jQuery, simply
cd to the
jquery directory and type
make. If you don't have Node installed and/or want to make a basic, uncompressed, unlinted version of jQuery, use
make jquery instead of
The built version of jQuery will be put in the
To remove all built files, run
If you want to build jQuery to a directory that is different from the default location, you can specify the PREFIX
make PREFIX=/home/jquery/test/ [command]
With this example, the output files would end up in
Sometimes, the various git repositories get into an inconsistent state where builds don't complete properly
(usually this results in the jquery.js or jquery.min.js being 0 bytes). If this happens, run
make clean, then
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask on the Developing jQuery Core forum or in #jquery on irc.freenode.net.