Setting cookies with jQuery

Posted on Monday August 15, 2011 / by Eric Potvin

Setting and clearing cookies with jQuery is really easy (especially when compared with regular JavaScript) but it's not included in the jQuery core and requires a plug-in. This post shows how to set, get the value of and clear cookies with jQuery.

The plug-in

Download the jQuery cookie plugin here:

Note that I am not the author of this plug-in.

Set a cookie

Setting a cookie with jQuery is as simple as this, where a cookie is created called "example" with a value of "test":

$.cookie("example", "test");

This is a session cookie which is set for the current path level and will be destroyed when the user exits the browser. To make the same cookie last for e.g. 7 days do this:

$.cookie("example", "test", { expires: 7 });

Note: the above examples will apply the cookie to the current path level.

If the page requested is then it will be set for the / path and will be available for all paths at the domain. If the page is then it will be set for the /articles level and will not be accessible at / (or other path).

To explicitly make the cookie available for all paths on your domain, make sure the path is set:

$.cookie("example", "test", { path: '/' });

To limit it to a specific path instead:

$.cookie("example", "test", { path: '/articles/' });

Get the cookie's value

Getting the cookie's value is also very easy with jQuery. The following would show the value of the "example" cookie in a dialog window:

alert( $.cookie("example") );

Delete the cookie

And finally, to delete a cookie set the value to null. Setting it to e.g. an empty string doesn't remove it; it just clears the value.

$.cookie("example", null);