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Readme: o-cookie-message

The cookie message and behaviour approved by the FT's legal team.
All FT websites must have a cookie message. Using o-cookie-message will ensure your site is compliant.



Use the following HTML to get a full width banner with the legal approved cookie message.

<div data-o-component="o-cookie-message"></div>

If you would like to construct an alternative cookie message, declare data-o=cookie-message-theme="alternative" on the div in the markup above, with the same JavaScript.


No code will run automatically unless you are using the Build Service.

You must either construct an o-cookie-message object or fire the o.DOMContentLoaded event, which oCookieMessage listens for.

There are two available variations of o-cookie-message: standard and alternative.

If you would like to initialise a standard cookie message, you will need to implement the following:

const oCookieMessage = require('o-cookie-message');

const cookieMessage = new oCookieMessage();

If you would like to initialise a alternative cookie message without declaring the data attribute in the markup, you will need to implement the following:

const oCookieMessage = require('o-cookie-message');
const cookieMessage = new oCookieMessage(null, { theme: 'alternative' });

Firing an oDomContentLoaded event

document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', function() {
    document.dispatchEvent(new CustomEvent('o.DOMContentLoaded'));


You may listen to three events that bubble out from the oCookieMessage DOM element:-


As with all Origami components, o-cookie-message has a silent mode. To use its compiled CSS (rather than incorporating its mixins into your own Sass) set $o-cookie-message-is-silent : false; in your Sass before you import the o-cookie-message Sass:

$o-cookie-message-is-silent: false;
@import 'o-cookie-message/main';

The above code will include both style options that come with o-cookie-message; standard and alternative. If you would like to incorporate just one style, you can include it by not setting the component to silent, and then using this mixin with the name of the theme you want to display:

@import 'o-cookie-message/main';

@include oCookieMessage($class: 'my-cookie-message', $theme: alternative);

The default behaviour for this component is to populate any div with a data-o-component attribute of o-cookie-message with some HTML and a cookie message approved by the FT legal team.

If you need a different message, this can be added with HTML of your choosing. For example:

<div data-o-component="o-cookie-message">
        <h1>My Cookies</h1>
    <p>A message about those specific cookies, here.</p>

o-cookie-message will incorporate that HTML into its content, and build the rest of the banner normally.

Migration guide

Migrating from 3.X.X to 4.X.X

The 4.0.0 release changes the way cookies are set for FT products. It relies on an internal consent API, and o-cookie-message will make a call to an endpoint within the API when consent is given.

It no longer has a direct dependency on any component other than o-banner, which is now responsible for the construction of the cookie message.

The markup has changed for the banner. When using o-cookie-message imperatively, the correct markup is:

-<div data-o-component="o-cookie-message" class='o-cookie-message o-cookie-message--banner-centric'>
+<div data-o-component="o-cookie-message">

o-cookie-message events have changed to:


When using custom HTML, declaring data-o-cookie-message-use-custom-html="true" is no longer necessary.

Migrating from 2.X.X to 3.X.X

The 3.0.0 introduces the new majors of o-colors and o-typography and a new dependency on o-normalise. Updating to this new version will mean updating any other components that you have which are using o-colors or o-typography.
There are some design tweaks but no other breaking changes in this release.

Migrating from 1.X.X to 2.X.X

The 2.0.0 release changes the default behaviour of o-cookie-message. Instead of consumers providing the inner HTML for the cookie message, they now need only provide the outer div ie:

<div class="o-cookie-message__container">
-    <p class="o-cookie-message__description">
-        By continuing to use this site you consent to the use of cookies on your device as described in our <a href="http://help.ft.com/tools-services/how-the-ft-manages-cookies-on-its-websites/">cookie policy</a> unless you have disabled them. You can change your <a href="http://help.ft.com/help/legal-privacy/cookies/how-to-mange-cookies/">cookie settings</a> at any time but parts of our site will not function correctly without them.
-    </p>
-    <div class="o-cookie-message__close-btn-container">
-        <button class="o-cookie-message__close-btn" data-o-component="o-cookie-message-close">
-            <span class="o-cookie-message__close-btn-label">Close</span>
-        </button>
-    </div>

What you need now is:

<div data-o-component="o-cookie-message" class='o-cookie-message o-cookie-message--banner-centric'>

If you do not want to use the FT legal team approved cookie message (for example if you aren't running an FT site), you can opt out of it by setting the data-o-cookie-message-use-custom-html attribute to "true". All FT sites must use this cookie message unless otherwise cleared by the FT's legal team.


If you have any questions or comments about this component, or need help using it, please either raise an issue, visit #ft-origami or email Origami Support.


This software is published by the Financial Times under the MIT licence.

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Install o-cookie-message

If using the Build Service, add o-cookie-message@^4.7.2 to your script and link tags.

If running a Manual Build, run npm install "o-cookie-message@^4.7.2".

Help & Support

o-cookie-message is maintained directly by the Origami team. If you have any questions about o-cookie-message or Origami in general, we are happy to help. 😊

Slack: #ft-origami
Email: origami.support@ft.com

Feedback / Issues

To report a bug or request features please create an issue on Github. For support or general feedback please get in touch 😊

Slack: #ft-origami
Email: origami.support@ft.com