4 Best jQuery CDN Links

Which is the most popular and best jQuery CDN to load jQuery for free? jQuery is possibly the most common feature-rich JavaScript library which powers millions of websites and allows sites to create amazing effects and engage users with interactive experiences beyond what HTML could offer alone.

Why jQuery CDN?

jquery CDN

Host jQuery?  While you can always download jQuery from the official site and run it from your server, using a jQuery CDN is preferable. WordPress has inbuilt jQuery which updates automatically with each new WordPress version as many WordPress Plugins use jQuery. You can replace WordPress jQuery with CDN jQuery.

Which CDN? It is always a good idea to use jQuery hosted from a free CDN and a popular CDN such that your site loads faster and users across the globe can load the script faster from the CDN server nearest to their geographic location. Moreover, it also ensures the script is already cached in your user’s browsers by visiting previous sites loading this script and ensures your site loads even faster.

How to add CDN Link? The typical way to load jQuery is in your site footer at the end after all content is loaded. The code will typically look like this.
<script src="https://jQUERY-CDN-URL"></script>

Which jQuery version to use? jQuery is provided in three different series. Right now it is 3.4.1, 2.2.4, and 1.12.4. While it is recommended to use the latest versions, the series may vary depending on your project requirements and compatibility.

Best jQuery CDN Links

So here are the best jQuery CDNs you can try…

1. Google Hosted Libraries

This Google jQuery CDN is possibly the most popular and since most people use it, there are higher chances this is already cached, and of course, Google is expected to have great speed, performance, uptimes, and reliability. They advise you to load libraries from the CDN via HTTPS, even if your own website uses HTTP, as caching works just the same. The CDN’s files are served with caching allowed for 1 year. You can also choose from multiple variants like JQuery UI CDN, jQuery Mobile CDN. They provide the minified link by default. They make the 3 jQuery series available as direct links

google CDN

CDN Link:

<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.4.1/jquery.min.js"></script>

2. Microsoft Ajax CDN

This harnesses the power of the Microsoft servers and assures a fast-loading experience. We posted earlier that this is the fastest CDN. The Microsoft jQuery CDN link also includes the minified version and you can choose that instead of the regular jQuery, and is expected to load faster. You will not need to minify javascript using plugins as well. They also host a wide range of earlier jQuery versions if you require them and host multiple variations of the same files.

microsoft CDN

CDN Link

<script src="https://ajax.aspnetcdn.com/ajax/jquery/jquery-1.9.0.min.js"></script></code >

3. cdnjs CDN

It is an extensive javascript library and hosts many scripts and you can try it for a faster jQuery experience. You will need to choose which version you want to load, else all versions are not visible by default. This CDN for JQuery is powered by Cloudflare.

cdnjs CDN

They have an extensive list of all possible previous versions of jQuery, which means if you are using any older jQuery version and wish to use CDN, it’s possible with this service.


4. JSdelivr CDN

It is another popular javascript library hosting several popular scripts. Here again, you have to choose in the menu which version you want to use as all versions are not visible by default. By default, the files are NPM CDN hosted and you need to Copy URL to get the link, unline other where the link is readily visible.

jsdelivr CDN

CDN Link


Note that all have secure https URLs and will have added SSL negotiation times. Choose between these and you can check the page speeds to see which works best for your target audience.

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About the Author: P Chandra is editor of QOT, one of India's earliest tech bloggers since 2004. A tech enthusiast with expertise in coding, WordPress, web tools, SEO and DIY hacks.