Google Chrome: Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property ‘getCurrent’ of undefined

AUTHOR’s NOTE: This article is kept for historical & educational purposes only. Moral of the story is: if you receive strange javascript errors in your console log while working on a project, try first disabling all Google Chrome extensions and verify that errors are no longer occurring. When you see a puzzling error which you cannot possibly identify in your page/project/cms/plugin/theme/app/whatever, it most probably isn’t caused by it!

Recently, I have covered a common bug in Google Chrome Browser: Google Chrome: missing file explained, and today I will cover another jQuery error produced by another popular SEO Extension.

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Majestic Extension for Google Chrome really is a must have add-on for anyone even remotely serious about SEO business, however, as a web developer you might find yourself puzzled with some suspicious javascript / jQuery errors in your favorite dev console:

Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property ‘getCurrent’ of undefined popup.js:17

(anonymous function)
jquery-1.8.2.js:974 jquery-1.8.2.js:1082 Withjquery-1.8.2.js:406

At first, you might try to debug your application or script you’are developing, but hopefully soon enough to find that this is caused by a bug in the popup.js jQuery library file used by Majestic SEO Extension. It enables the popup functionality and automatic data retrieval of the currently viewed website. If you disable the plugin for a moment the error message will be gone, which clearly reveals it’s true cause.

Google Chrome Uncaught TypeError Cannot read property 'getCurrent' of undefined

Google Chrome Uncaught TypeError Cannot read property ‘getCurrent’ of undefined (click to enlarge)


Solution to this issue is not so simple as it was in the earlier case, however we have at least identified the source of the problem. The troublesome file popup.js is signed by Copyright (c) 2012 The Chromium Authors which are responsible for the core part of the library, however it is further modified by the Majestic SEO team.

Until plugin gets a proper update which will fix the issue, you may get around it by temporarily disabling the plugin while you are working on the important projects.

Another, less annoying fix is to keep enabled the problematic plugin, but to hide this error from future notifications directly inside development console:

Google Chrome Uncaught TypeError Solution Fix

Google Chrome Uncaught TypeError Solution Fix (click to enlarge)

This will prevent reporting future errors from popup.js in a less obtrusive way: you will see an active filter notice in pale grey color.

Presented solution may be perfectly fine until you decide to use this library inside your own project and later on need to debug it at any point. Then you’ll have to click on a filter notice in order to remove it.


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