Removing jQuery from Ember - For Dummies

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I've recently been on a crusade to remove jQuery from all my apps and addons, in an attempt to save the 35 kb (min + gzip) that jQuery adds to the payload of all Ember apps. I have been following this amazing blog post, by Miguel Camba, but wanted to just list out some quick steps, in less detail, for removing jQuery from you app or addon. If you encounter issues or want more detail on how to do things, I highly recommend checking out the original blog post!

Setting up your app/addon

  1. Make sure you are on Ember 2.13+
  2. ember install ember-native-dom-event-dispatcher
  3. Remove ember-ajax and optionally replace with ember-fetch
  4. If you use ember-data, you will need to tell it to use ember-fetch as well.
  5. If you are using ember-fastboot, you must override the initializer. Create a new file <your app name>/fastboot/initializers/ajax.js and paste in the following contents:
export default {  
  name: 'ajax-service',
  initialize() {
    // noop
    // This initializer is here to avoid
    // from running and undoing the work ember-fetch does.

Setting up tests

  1. ember install ember-native-dom-helpers
  2. ember install ember-maybe-import-regenerator

Removing all jQuery from the app/addon/tests

  1. The easiest way to be sure you have removed all jQuery everywhere is to use eslint-plugin-ember and enable the no-jquery rule. This will flag Ember.$, this.$, etc. and make it easy to see what you need to remove.
  2. Once all jQuery has been flagged, go through and replace things like this.$ with this.element in app code, and things like this.$('.foo') in tests with the ember-native-dom-helpers equivalent, like find('.foo'). Note: There is a codemod that can help with migration of your tests. It is not perfect, but should work well for most cases.
  3. Finally, you need to tell ember-cli-build.js to not include jQuery, by doing something like:
const EmberAddon = require('ember-cli/lib/broccoli/ember-addon');

module.exports = function(defaults) {  
  let app = new EmberAddon(defaults, {
    vendorFiles: { 'jquery.js': null }

  return app.toTree();

Addon Specific Tweaks

For addons using ember-try, for all scenarios where Ember < 2.13, you will need to set 'ember-native-dom-event-dispatcher': null in config/ember-try.js.


  name: 'ember-lts-2.12',
    npm: {
      devDependencies: {
        'ember-source': '~2.12.0',
        'ember-native-dom-event-dispatcher': null

You will also need to tweak your ember-cli-build.js to reflect these changes:

/* eslint-env node */
'use strict';

const EmberAddon = require('ember-cli/lib/broccoli/ember-addon');

module.exports = function(defaults) {  
  let project = defaults.project;
  let options = {};

  if (project.findAddonByName('ember-native-dom-event-dispatcher') && process.env.DEPLOY_TARGET === undefined) {
    options.vendorFiles = { 'jquery.js': null };

  let app = new EmberAddon(defaults, options);

    This build file specifies the options for the dummy test app of this
    addon, located in `/tests/dummy`
    This build file does *not* influence how the addon or the app using it
    behave. You most likely want to be modifying `./index.js` or app's build file

  return app.toTree();

That should be it! If you think I missed something major, please reach out and let me know! Again, this is a quick and dirty list of the things you need to do, intended for those with prior experience removing jQuery to refer to, and not intended to explain the why or how exactly we are removing jQuery, so for more details, refer to Miguel's blog post.