How do I set/unset a cookie with jQuery?

How do I set and unset a cookie using jQuery, for example create a cookie named test and set the value to 1?

Answers:

Answer

Update April 2019

jQuery isn't needed for cookie reading/manipulation, so don't use the original answer below.

Go to https://github.com/js-cookie/js-cookie instead, and use the library there that doesn't depend on jQuery.

Basic examples:

// Set a cookie
Cookies.set('name', 'value');

// Read the cookie
Cookies.get('name') => // => 'value'

See the docs on github for details.


See the plugin:

https://github.com/carhartl/jquery-cookie

You can then do:

$.cookie("test", 1);

To delete:

$.removeCookie("test");

Additionally, to set a timeout of a certain number of days (10 here) on the cookie:

$.cookie("test", 1, { expires : 10 });

If the expires option is omitted, then the cookie becomes a session cookie and is deleted when the browser exits.

To cover all the options:

$.cookie("test", 1, {
   expires : 10,           // Expires in 10 days

   path    : '/',          // The value of the path attribute of the cookie
                           // (Default: path of page that created the cookie).

   domain  : 'jquery.com', // The value of the domain attribute of the cookie
                           // (Default: domain of page that created the cookie).

   secure  : true          // If set to true the secure attribute of the cookie
                           // will be set and the cookie transmission will
                           // require a secure protocol (defaults to false).
});

To read back the value of the cookie:

var cookieValue = $.cookie("test");

You may wish to specify the path parameter if the cookie was created on a different path to the current one:

var cookieValue = $.cookie("test", { path: '/foo' });

UPDATE (April 2015):

As stated in the comments below, the team that worked on the original plugin has removed the jQuery dependency in a new project (https://github.com/js-cookie/js-cookie) which has the same functionality and general syntax as the jQuery version. Apparently the original plugin isn't going anywhere though.

Answer

There is no need to use jQuery particularly to manipulate cookies.

From QuirksMode (including escaping characters)

function createCookie(name, value, days) {
    var expires;

    if (days) {
        var date = new Date();
        date.setTime(date.getTime() + (days * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000));
        expires = "; expires=" + date.toGMTString();
    } else {
        expires = "";
    }
    document.cookie = encodeURIComponent(name) + "=" + encodeURIComponent(value) + expires + "; path=/";
}

function readCookie(name) {
    var nameEQ = encodeURIComponent(name) + "=";
    var ca = document.cookie.split(';');
    for (var i = 0; i < ca.length; i++) {
        var c = ca[i];
        while (c.charAt(0) === ' ')
            c = c.substring(1, c.length);
        if (c.indexOf(nameEQ) === 0)
            return decodeURIComponent(c.substring(nameEQ.length, c.length));
    }
    return null;
}

function eraseCookie(name) {
    createCookie(name, "", -1);
}

Take a look at

Answer
<script type="text/javascript">
    function setCookie(key, value, expiry) {
        var expires = new Date();
        expires.setTime(expires.getTime() + (expiry * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000));
        document.cookie = key + '=' + value + ';expires=' + expires.toUTCString();
    }

    function getCookie(key) {
        var keyValue = document.cookie.match('(^|;) ?' + key + '=([^;]*)(;|$)');
        return keyValue ? keyValue[2] : null;
    }

    function eraseCookie(key) {
        var keyValue = getCookie(key);
        setCookie(key, keyValue, '-1');
    }

</script>

You can set the cookies as like

setCookie('test','1','1'); //(key,value,expiry in days)

You can get the cookies as like

getCookie('test');

And finally you can erase the cookies like this one

eraseCookie('test');

Hope it will helps to someone :)

EDIT:

If you want to set the cookie to all the path/page/directory then set path attribute to the cookie

function setCookie(key, value, expiry) {
        var expires = new Date();
        expires.setTime(expires.getTime() + (expiry * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000));
        document.cookie = key + '=' + value + ';path=/' + ';expires=' + expires.toUTCString();
}

Thanks, vicky

Answer

You can use a plugin available here..

https://plugins.jquery.com/cookie/

and then to write a cookie do $.cookie("test", 1);

to access the set cookie do $.cookie("test");

Answer

Here is my global module I use -

var Cookie = {   

   Create: function (name, value, days) {

       var expires = "";

        if (days) {
           var date = new Date();
           date.setTime(date.getTime() + (days * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000));
           expires = "; expires=" + date.toGMTString();
       }

       document.cookie = name + "=" + value + expires + "; path=/";
   },

   Read: function (name) {

        var nameEQ = name + "=";
        var ca = document.cookie.split(";");

        for (var i = 0; i < ca.length; i++) {
            var c = ca[i];
            while (c.charAt(0) == " ") c = c.substring(1, c.length);
            if (c.indexOf(nameEQ) == 0) return c.substring(nameEQ.length, c.length);
        }

        return null;
    },

    Erase: function (name) {

        Cookie.create(name, "", -1);
    }

};
Answer

Make sure not to do something like this:

var a = $.cookie("cart").split(",");

Then, if the cookie doesn't exist, the debugger will return some unhelpful message like ".cookie not a function".

Always declare first, then do the split after checking for null. Like this:

var a = $.cookie("cart");
if (a != null) {
    var aa = a.split(",");
Answer

A simple example of set cookie in your browser:

<!doctype html>
<html>
    <head>
        <meta charset="utf-8">
        <title>jquery.cookie Test Suite</title>

        <script src="jquery-1.9.0.min.js"></script>
        <script src="jquery.cookie.js"></script>
        <script src="JSON-js-master/json.js"></script>
        <script src="JSON-js-master/json_parse.js"></script>
        <script>
            $(function() {

               if ($.cookie('cookieStore')) {
                    var data=JSON.parse($.cookie("cookieStore"));
                    $('#name').text(data[0]);
                    $('#address').text(data[1]);
              }

              $('#submit').on('click', function(){

                    var storeData = new Array();
                    storeData[0] = $('#inputName').val();
                    storeData[1] = $('#inputAddress').val();

                    $.cookie("cookieStore", JSON.stringify(storeData));
                    var data=JSON.parse($.cookie("cookieStore"));
                    $('#name').text(data[0]);
                    $('#address').text(data[1]);
              });
            });

       </script>
    </head>
    <body>
            <label for="inputName">Name</label>
            <br /> 
            <input type="text" id="inputName">
            <br />      
            <br /> 
            <label for="inputAddress">Address</label>
            <br /> 
            <input type="text" id="inputAddress">
            <br />      
            <br />   
            <input type="submit" id="submit" value="Submit" />
            <hr>    
            <p id="name"></p>
            <br />      
            <p id="address"></p>
            <br />
            <hr>  
     </body>
</html>

Simple just copy/paste and use this code for set your cookie.

Answer

Here is how you set the cookie with JavaScript:

below code has been taken from https://www.w3schools.com/js/js_cookies.asp

function setCookie(cname, cvalue, exdays) {
    var d = new Date();
    d.setTime(d.getTime() + (exdays*24*60*60*1000));
    var expires = "expires="+ d.toUTCString();
    document.cookie = cname + "=" + cvalue + ";" + expires + ";path=/";
}

now you can get the cookie with below function:

function getCookie(cname) {
    var name = cname + "=";
    var decodedCookie = decodeURIComponent(document.cookie);
    var ca = decodedCookie.split(';');
    for(var i = 0; i <ca.length; i++) {
        var c = ca[i];
        while (c.charAt(0) == ' ') {
            c = c.substring(1);
        }
        if (c.indexOf(name) == 0) {
            return c.substring(name.length, c.length);
        }
    }
    return "";
}

And finally this is how you check the cookie:

function checkCookie() {
    var username = getCookie("username");
    if (username != "") {
        alert("Welcome again " + username);
    } else {
        username = prompt("Please enter your name:", "");
        if (username != "" && username != null) {
            setCookie("username", username, 365);
        }
    }
}

If you want to delete the cookie just set the expires parameter to a passed date:

document.cookie = "username=; expires=Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC; path=/;";
Answer

You can use the library on Mozilla website here

You'll be able to set and get cookies like this

docCookies.setItem(name, value);
docCookies.getItem(name);
Answer

I think Fresher gave us nice way, but there is a mistake:

    <script type="text/javascript">
        function setCookie(key, value) {
            var expires = new Date();
            expires.setTime(expires.getTime() + (value * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000));
            document.cookie = key + '=' + value + ';expires=' + expires.toUTCString();
        }

        function getCookie(key) {
            var keyValue = document.cookie.match('(^|;) ?' + key + '=([^;]*)(;|$)');
            return keyValue ? keyValue[2] : null;
        }
   </script>

You should add "value" near getTime(); otherwise the cookie will expire immediately :)

Answer

I thought Vignesh Pichamani's answer was the simplest and cleanest. Just adding to his the ability to set the number of days before expiration:

EDIT: also added 'never expires' option if no day number is set

        function setCookie(key, value, days) {
            var expires = new Date();
            if (days) {
                expires.setTime(expires.getTime() + (days * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000));
                document.cookie = key + '=' + value + ';expires=' + expires.toUTCString();
            } else {
                document.cookie = key + '=' + value + ';expires=Fri, 30 Dec 9999 23:59:59 GMT;';
            }
        }

        function getCookie(key) {
            var keyValue = document.cookie.match('(^|;) ?' + key + '=([^;]*)(;|$)');
            return keyValue ? keyValue[2] : null;
        }

Set the cookie:

setCookie('myData', 1, 30); // myData=1 for 30 days. 
setCookie('myData', 1); // myData=1 'forever' (until the year 9999) 
Answer

I know there are many great answers. Often, I only need to read cookies and I do not want to create overhead by loading additional libraries or defining functions.

Here is how to read cookies in one line of javascript. I found the answer in Guilherme Rodrigues' blog article:

('; '+document.cookie).split('; '+key+'=').pop().split(';').shift()

This reads the cookie named key, nice, clean and simple.

Answer
$.cookie("test", 1); //set cookie
$.cookie("test"); //get cookie
$.cookie('test', null); //delete cookie
Answer

Try (doc here, SO snippet not works so run this one)

document.cookie = "test=1"             // set
document.cookie = "test=1;max-age=0"   // unset

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