I am trying to create a custom ribbon and in my project I have created a JavaScript file.

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From this and this question I was able to figure out that I can use <CustomAction> tag to import the JavaScript file.

<CustomAction Id="Ribbon.Library.Actions.Scripts"
 Location ="ScriptLink" ScriptSrc="/_layouts/MyJSFile.js" />

Now my Elements.xml looks like this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<Elements xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/">
    <CustomAction Id="Ribbon.Library.Actions.Scripts" Location="ScriptLink"
                ScriptSrc="/_layouts/CustomRibbonButton/JavaScript1.js" />

    RegistrationId="101" RegistrationType="List"
    Title="Add a Ribbon Button">
                    <Button Id="Ribbon.Library.Share.NewRibbonButton"
                                    LabelText="Hello World"
            TemplateAlias="o2" />
          CommandAction="javascript:getFiles()" />

When I load my page in IE in Network tab of IE developer tools I can see 404 error that it is not able to find the path /_layouts/customribbonbutton/javascript1.js. I updated my <CustomAction> tag to this:

<CustomAction Id="Ribbon.Library.Actions.Scripts" Location="ScriptLink"
                ScriptSrc="/_layouts/JavaScript1.js" />

But I still get the same 404 error, albeit for different path.

What am I doing wrong here?


You need to append 15 to _layouts i.e /_layouts/15 in order to get hold of the file as you are working on SP 2013.


Put the javascript file under CustomRibbonButton folder in your project and use /_layouts/15/CustomRibbonButton/JavaScript1.js. The hive folder for SharePoint 2013 is 15. It used to be 12 for MOSS and 14 for SP 2010. This needs to be used explicitly as SP 2013 also supports solutions which are 2010 based and if you don't mention 15 in your code, then it will look for the file in 14 hive.

  • I tried your solution but it didn't work. I tried it with /_layouts/15/JavaScript1.js, /_layouts/15/CustomRibbonButton/JavaScript1.js and /_layouts/CustomRibbonButton/15/JavaScript1.js. I hope I understood you correctly. – Naveen Dec 24 '13 at 12:14
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    Put the javascript file under CustomRibbonButton folder in your project and use the second option out of the three you provided. Moreover, you can also confirm whether the file is properly getting deployed to proper folder inside the 15 hive by exploring the physical path. – Nadeem Yousuf-AIS Dec 24 '13 at 12:27
  • Your suggestion to move JavaScript file alongwith with updated URL worked. Thanks! If you can update your answer with your previous comment I would be happy to accept it. But why does SharePoitn 2013 require /15/ in path while previous versions don't seem to need that? – Naveen Dec 24 '13 at 13:14
  • Please see my updated answer. – Nadeem Yousuf-AIS Dec 24 '13 at 13:54

Add the following between the <CommandUIExtension> open and close tag


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