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What Is Cloudflare Rocket Loader™?

Rocket Loader™ is a general-purpose asynchronous JavaScript loader coupled with a lightweight virtual browser which can safely run any JavaScript code after window.onload.

Activating Rocket Loader™ will immediately improve a web page’s window.onload time (assuming there is JavaScript on the page), which can have a positive impact on your Google search ranking.

Here are the different settings that can be found for Rocket Loader™ in your Cloudflare account’s performance settings:

Automatic Mode: Rocket Loader™ will automatically run on the JavaScript resources on your site, with no configuration required after turning on automatic mode.

Manual Mode: In order to have Rocket Loader™ execute for a particular script, you must add the following attribute to the script tag: “data-cfasync=’true'”. As your page passes through Cloudflare, we’ll enable Rocket Loader™ for that particular script. All other JavaScript will continue to execute without Cloudflare touching the script.

Please note that:

  • Adding the ‘data-cfasync’ attribute within JS will not work to exclude the script from Rocket Loader™.
  • The ‘data-cfasync’ attribute must be added before the ‘src’ attribute.
  • Rocket loader™ will recognize the tag when either single or double quotes are placed around the attribute value.

To enable Rocket Loader™:

1. Log in to your Cloudflare account.

2. Click the domain you wish to enable Rocket Loader™ on.

3. Click the “Speed” link on the menu at the top of the page.

 

4. Scroll to the “Rocket Loader™” section and toggle it on or off as needed.

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  1. We ran into an issue recently turning this feature on. Somehow, the script associated with the rocket loader was breaking some of our own scripts, as well as other third-party scripts. Just FYI.

  2. I just encountered problems with Rocket Loader. I am building an ecommerce website with WordPress and Woocommerce. I have a product that has 6 variations and I use Woocommerce Gallery plugin to add images for each variation. After enable Rocket Loader, if I have > 115 images in total for this product, I I started seeing jQuery not defined problems in the browser console and my product gallery could not be normally loaded. With <= 115 images, it was fine. So I just disabled Rocket Loader and everything started working fine no matter how many variation images I have there.

  3. My Amazon Native ads stopped working due to Rocket Loader. I just disabled it. Now my site is working fine.

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