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Upgrading to 1.0

Quill 1.0 introduces major changes aimed at greater ability to customize Quill. Interfaces stayed the same where possible and this guide helps bridge the gap otherwise.

To realize the full benefits of 1.0, it is encouraged to take a fresh view of Quill 1.0 and revisit even basic topics on this documentation site. Often, you will find that even though you could do things the old way, there is a better new way.


  • styles removed - Previous versions of Quill allowed custom CSS to be injected through <style> additions. This option has been removed due to Content Security Policy. Instead you should use external CSS directly.


  • getHTML removed - Previous versions of Quill required the usage of class names to identify lines ql-line and an id attribute to identify particular lines. This is no longer a requirement and a custom API call no longer adds any value on top of the DOM's existing innerHTML.

  • setHTML removed - Quill, like many editors with a data layer on top of the DOM, does not allow arbitrary changes to the underlying HTML. Previously Quill would detect an illegal state and correct it, but this makes the naming setHTML disingenuous and the reasoning behind the correction is unintuitive. Most use cases of setHTML can be suitably met or improved (since cursor preservation is much better) with the new pasteHTML.

  • addModule removed - Modules are now initialized based off of the initial Quill configuration, instead of having a separate function.

  • onModuleLoad removed - Module loading is handled by Themes and similar behavior should be achieved by extending the theme.

  • destroy removed - No longer necessary as Quill no longer keeps references to editor instances, allowing JavaScript garbage collectors to work as expected.

  • prepareFormat renamed - A new API format now provides formatting functionality for all selection states, including those previously covered by prepareFormat.

  • For consistency, all positions are now index and length based versus the start and end representation sometimes used by deleteText, formatText, formatLine, and the Range object used by selection APIs such as on getSelection, setSelection, and the selection-change event.

  • registerModule renamed - A new API register is now used to registers all modules, themes and formats.

  • require renamed - Renamed to import for consistency with ES6.

  • addContainer modified - The second parameter is changed to allow insertion before any container, not just the editor. Thus instead of an optional boolean, it now an optional HTMLElement.


  • Toolbars, when initialized with a custom HTML element, requires buttons to be actual HTMLButtonElements. Previously it allowed any element with an appropriate class name.

  • The Snow toolbar no longer adds or uses ql-format-separator and renamed ql-format-group to ql-formats.

  • The authorship and multi-cursor modules have been temporarily removed. Similar functionality will be re-added at a later time, either separately or in a bundled collaboration module.

  • UndoManager has been renamed to History.

  • PasteManager has been renamed to Clipboard, and will provide custom copy and paste behavior.

  • LinkTooltip has been moved to be theme specific. With the addition of Bubble and videos and formulas, it no longer made sense to open a separate tooltip for links as its own general UI element. The old tooltip behavior is still present in Snow, but is now specific to that theme.

  • ImageTooltip has been removed in favor of a simpler and more native flow. The image button now opens the OS file picker and the selected image file is inserted into the editor as a base64 image.


The default Delta representation of some content has changed. In all cases the old format is still supported in methods using Deltas as in input, such as setContents and updateContents. But outputted Deltas, such as the ones reported by text-change and getContents will be in the new form. Since Parchment now allows custom content and formats, it is possible to customize these Delta representations entirely.

const newImage = {
insert: { image: 'url' }
const oldImage = {
insert: 1,
attributes: {
image: 'url'
const newOrderedList = {
insert: '\n',
attributes: {
list: 'ordered'
const oldOrderedList = {
insert: '\n',
attributes: {
list: true
const newBullettedList = {
insert: '\n',
attributes: {
list: 'bullet'
const oldBullettedList = {
insert: '\n',
attributes: {
bullet: true


  • Quill previously used inline styles to implement font family and size. A class implementation is now default. To revert this, see Content and Formatting.


  • Quill now follows other major open source libraries in supporting the last two versions of major browser releases. Support for IE9 and IE10 have been dropped, and MS Edge has been added.

  • Android browser support now applies to Chrome on Android, instead of the stock Android Browser, which Google has phased out support for.


  • Ability to add new formats and content, or modify existing ones with Parchment.

  • Added support for nested list, superscript, subscript, inline code, code block, header, blockquote, text direction, video and formula support.

  • Ability to format with classes instead of inline styles.

  • New tooltip based theme called Bubble.

  • Improved Toolbar initialization with format arrays and customization with custom values.

  • Toolbar icons now use SVGs instead of inline PNGs allowing freedom to resize icons while retaining clarity. CSS can now also be used to easily change the active state color instead of the default #06c blue.

  • Improved ability to customize interpretation of pastes in Clipboard.

  • Improved ability to customize keyboard handlers.

  • A placeholder configuration option.

  • Editable syntax highlighted code block.

  • Several new APIs.

  • Many, many bug fixes.

An Open Source Project

Quill is developed and maintained by Slab. It is permissively licensed under BSD. Use it freely in personal or commercial projects!