www.graphicdesigneronline.info Many of us have been using a good deal of jQuery plugins lately.

Below I have provided a list of the 50 favorite plugins many developers use. Some of these you may have already seen, others might be new to you. This is just the first series , the second version will be coming soon, stay tuned and Enjoy!

Menu 1) LavaLamp

2) jQuery Collapse -A plugin for jQuery to collapse content of div container.

3) A Navigation Menu- Unordered List with anchors and nested lists, also demonstrates how to add a second level list.

4) SuckerFish Style

Tabs 5) jQuery UI Tabs / Tabs 3 ± Simple jQuery based tab-navigation

6) TabContainer Theme ± JQuery style fade animation that runs as the user navigates between selected tabs.


Accordion 7 ) jQuery Accordion Demo

8) Simple JQuery Accordion menu


9) jQZoom- allows you to realize a small magnifier window close to the image or images on your web page easily.

10) Image/Photo Gallery Viewer- allows you to take a grouping of images and turn it into an flash-like image/photo gallery. It allows you to style it how ever you want and add as many images at you want.

Transition Effects 11) InnerFade ± It¶s designed to fade you any element inside a container in and out.


12) Easing Plugin- A jQuery plugin from GSGD to give advanced easing options. Uses Robert Penners easing equations for the transitions

13) Highlight Fade

14) jQuery Cycle Plugin- have very intersting transition effects like image cross-fading and cycling.

jQuery Carousel

15) Riding carousels with jQuery ± is a jQuery plugin for controlling a list of items in horizontal or vertical order. Demo :

Color Picker 16) Farbtastic ± is a jQuery plug-in that can add one or more color picker widgets into a page through JavaScript. Demo :

17) jQuery Color Picker

LightBox 18) jQuery ThickBox ± is a webpage user interface dialog widget written in JavaScript.

Demo :

19) SimpleModal Demos ± its goal is providing developers with a cross-browser overlay and container that will be populated with content provided to SimpleModal. Demo :

20) jQuery lightBox Plugin ± simple, elegant, unobtrusive, no need extra markup and is used to overlay images on the current page through the power and flexibility of jQuery´s selector. Demo :

iframe 21) JQuery iFrame Plugin ± If javascript is turned off, it will just show a link to the content. Here is the code in action«

Form Validation 22) Validation ± A fairly comprehensive set of form validation rules. The plugin also dynamically creates IDs and ties them to labels when they are missing. Demo :

23) Ajax Form Validation ± Client side validation in a form using jQuery. The username will check with the server whether the chosen name is a) valid and b) available. Demo :


24) jQuery AlphaNumeric ± Allows you to prevent your users from entering certain characters inside the form fields.

Form Elements

25) jquery.Combobox ± is an unobtrusive way of creating a HTML type combobox from a existing HTML Select element(s), a Demo is here.

26) jQuery Checkbox ± Provides for the styling of checkboxes that degrades nicely when javascript is dsiabled.

27) File Style Plugin for jQuery -File Style plugin enables you to use image as browse button. You can also style filename field as normal textfield using css.

Star Rating

28) Simple Star Rating System 29)Half-Star Rating Plugin

ToolTips 30) Tooltip Plugin Examples ± A fancy tooltip with some custom positioning, a tooltip with an extra class for nice shadows, and some extra content. You can find a demo here.

31) The jQuery Tooltip

Tables Plugins

32) Zebra Tables Demo -using jQuery to do zebra striping and row hovering, very NICE!! Demo :

33) Table Sorter Plugin - for turning a standard HTML table with THEAD and TBODY tags into a sortable table without page refreshes. It can successfully parse and sort many types of data including linked data in a cell.

34) AutoScroll for jQuery -allows for hotspot scrolling of web pages

35) Scrollable HTML table plugin- used to convert tables in ordinary HTML into scrollable ones. No additional coding is necessary.

Demo :

Draggable Droppables And Selectables 36) Sortables - You won¶t believe how easy this code to make it easy to sort several lists, mix and match the lists, and send the information to a database.

37) Draggables and droppables- A good example of using jQuery plugin iDrop to drag and drop tree view nodes.

Style Switcher 38) Switch stylesheets with jQuery- allows your visitors to choose which stylesheet they would like to view your site with. It uses cookies so that when they return to the site or visit a different page they still get their chosen stylesheet. A Demo is here.

Rounded Corners 39) jQuery Corner Demo

40) JQuery Curvy Corners- A plugin for rounded corners with smooth, anti-aliased corners.

Must See jQuery Examples 41) jQuery Air ± A passenger management interface for charter flights. A great Tutorial that you will enjoy. Demo :

42) HeatColor -allows you to assign colors to elements, based on a value derived from that element. The derived value is compared to a range of values, it can find the min and max values of the desired elements, or you can pass them in manually. Demo :

43) Simple jQuery Examples -This page contains a growing set of Query powered script examples in "pagemod" format. The code that is displayed when clicking "Source" is exactly the same Javascript code that powers each example. Feel free to save a copy of this page and use the example.

44) Date Picker -A flexible unobtrusive calendar component for jQuery. Demo :

45) ScrollTo -A plugin for jQuery to scroll to a certain object in the page

46) 3-Column Splitter Layout -this is a 3-column layout using nested splitters. The left and right columns are a semi-fixed width; the center column grows or shrinks. Page scroll bars have been removed since all the content is inside the splitter, and the splitter is anchored to the bottom of the window using an onresize event handler.

47) Pager jQuery -Neat little jQuery plugin for a a paginated effect.

48) Select box manipulation

49) Cookie Plugin for jQuery 50) JQuery BlockUI Plugin -lets you simulate synchronous behavior when using AJAX, without locking the browser. When activated, it will prevent user activity with the page (or part of the page) until it is deactivated. BlockUI adds elements to the DOM to give it both the appearance and behavior of blocking user interaction.

Image SlideShows and Galleries 1) Galleria -Is a javascript image gallery written in jQuery. It loads the images one by one from an unordered list and displays thumbnails when each image is loaded. It will create thumbnails for you if you choose so, scaled or unscaled, centered and cropped inside a fixed thumbnail box defined by CSS.

2) jQuery Multimedia Portfolio -Non obstrusive and accessible portfolio supporting multiple media : photos, video (flv), audio (mp3), will automatically detect the extension of each media and apply the adapted player.

3) wSlide -Change your lists in animated box (with pagination)

Tag Clouds

4) Hover Sub Tags- Using jQuery to reduce the size of the tag cloud that you have on your sites, for example if you have Ajax as a tag, you can have jquery, mootools, etc« as sub-tags. A Sub Tag Cloud will appear when hovering over the main Tag links.

Pagination 5) Pagination- Create navigational elements, when you have a a large list of items you can display them grouped in pages and present navigational elements to move from one page to another.

Navigation 6) Accordion Menu -In this Accordion menu example, the menu headers are H3 tags, with each sub menu being UL tags that expand/ contract.

7) jQuery Treeview Plugin

8 ) Coda-Slider- Amazing jQuery Coda-Slider can be used for Nice, slick content presentation.

9) Simple Horizontal Accordion

Tables and Grids 10) TableRowCheckboxToggle ± It generically adds the toggle function to any table rows you specify based on the css class names. It will by default toggle any checkboxes within the table row.

11) TableEditor ± TableEditor provides flexible in place editing of HTML tables.

12) Ingrid ± ngrid is an unobtrusive jQuery component that adds datagrid behaviors (column resizing, paging, sorting, row and column styling, and more) to your tables.

Forms 13) jQuery Nice Form ± Create custom looking form elements, that function like normal form elements.

14) Easy Multi Select Transfer- Allowing options to be traded from one multi select to another.

15) jQuery Form Plugin- Allows you to easily and unobtrusively upgrade HTML forms to use AJAX by using ajaxForm and ajaxSubmit methods to gather information from the form element and determine how to manage the submit process which allows you to have full control over how the data is submitted.

Scrolling 16) jQuery.SerialScroll ± This plugin allows you to easily animate any series of elements, by sequentially scrolling them. You can use it as a section slider, text scroller, slideshows, and news ticker.

17) liScroll ± LiScroll is a jQuery plugin that transforms any given unordered list into a scrolling News Ticker

18) Spinner ± Allows you to cycle through millions of items or groups of items with the appearance of a scroller and functionality of a page horizontally or vertically.

Form Elements 19) jWYSIWYG ± This plugin is an inline content editor to allow editing rich HTML content on the fly.

20) Simple chained combobox -Very simple chained selects plugin for jQuery with JSON processing and callback feature, chain multiple selects with ease.

21) jQuery checkbox

22) jGrow -jGrow is a jQuery plug-in that makes the textarea adjust its size according to the length of the text.

Toggling 23) jTruncate in Action ± jTruncate provides simple yet customizable truncation for text entities in your web page.

24) toggleElements ± toggleElements is designed to hide informations on your site and show it only when the user requests more information.

Gradients and Shadows 25) Drop Shadows ± Interesting Drop shadow effect generated by a jQuery Plugin.

26) Gradient jQuery plugin ± It allows you to define a gradient fill and have an element filled with a gradient. You can set the direction of the gradient (right-left or up-down) and the opacity of the gradient easily.

27) Gradient ± The gradient plugin adds a dynamically created configurable gradient to the background of an element without the use of images.

Lightbox 28) Facebox -Is a jQuery-based, Facebook-style lightbox which can display images, divs, or entire remote pages.

29) jQuery Lightbox Plugin- (balupton edition)

Color Picker 30) jQueryColorPicker ± A simple jquery color picker plugin that can make user change the color of the background of the page easily.

This is worth checking out 31) Animated InnerFade- Full w3c compliant animated slideshow with sliding effect on large images.

32) Easy POP Show 1.0 Release ± Full screen show for slide news or Image Gallery.

33) jqChart- Ajax & Draggable Simple Chart on Canvas+jQuery.

34) UI Datepicker -A simple jQuery UI Datepicker. Just add a text input field to your page and then attach the datepicker to it.

35) JSmile ± A totally unobtrusive way for both (x)html and javascript events/functionality, this plug-in allows you to add, and remove, smiles in an entire document or only in some specified element.

36) ImgAreaSelect ± imgAreaSelect is a jQuery plugin for selecting a rectangular area of an image.

37) jPrintArea-jPrintArea is a small jquery plugin to print only contents of a specified element. Check out their demo page

38) jTabber- Allows you to scroll through content by clicking on tabs, without the page having to reload.

39) jQuery Calculation Plug-in ± The Calculation plug-in is designed to give easy-to-use jQuery functions for commonly used mathematical functions.

40) jquery.biggerlink ± A jQuery plugin to make it really easy to enable the specified element/s to behave as a proxy for their first contained link.

41) Humanized Messages- It¶s simply a large and translucent message that¶s displayed over the contents of your screen. They fade away when the user takes any action (like typing or moving the mouse).

42) Ajax Manager -Helps you to manage AJAX requests and responses (i.e. abort requests, block requests, order responses).

43) Background-Position Animation

44) Lazyload-Delays loading of images in (long) web pages. Images below the fold (the ones lower than window bottom) are not loaded. When scrolling down they are loaded when needed. Check out their demo page

45) jQuery Tag Suggestion- The same tag suggesting as-you-type support that del.icio.us is uses. Check out their demo page

jQuery Sliders 1) Slider Gallery- A similar effect used to showcase the products on the Apple web site. This µproduct slider¶ is similar to a straight forward gallery, except that there is a slider to navigate the items, i.e. the bit the user controls to view the items. Simple stuff.


Live Demo: Here

2) Accessible slider- Illustrations and code samples showing how to make a slider UI control accessible to those who aren¶t running JavaScript or CSS.


Live Demo: Here

jQuery Manipulating Images 3) crop, labelOver and pluck-Crop-Gives your visitors the power to crop any image on the fly using JavaScript only. Also there are 2 other plugins: LabelOver and Pluck.

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Live Demo Of Crop: Here Live Demo of LabelOver: Here

4) Semitransparent rollovers -A simple method for enabling semi-transparent rollovers which actually work on IE 6.


Live Demo Of Crop: Here

5) Creating A Sliding Image Puzzle Plug-In- Creates sliding-image puzzles based on containers that have images. Running the demo page we get this output in the image below:


Live Demo: Here

jQuery Navigation Menus 6) Digg Header- This is a replica of the Digg header. Fluid width (but only to a point!), drop down menus, attractive search, easy to change colors« There is a lot of smarts in a small place in this example!

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7) IconDock- a jQuery JavaScript library plugin that allows you to create a menu on your web like the Mac OS X operating system dock effect one.

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jQuery Accordions 8 ) Horizontal Accordion- This plugin provides some simple options to alter the accordion look and behavior.

9) HoverAccordion- A jQuery Plugin for no-click two-level menus.

jQuery Image Viewer 10) Step Carousel Viewer- Displays images or even rich HTML by side scrolling them left or right. Users can step to any specific content on demand.

11) Featured Content Glider- You can showcase new or featured contents on your page, by turning ordinary pieces of HTML content into an interactive, ³glide in slideshow. Supports two different display modes- ³manual and ³slideshow.

jQuery Charts 12) jQuery + jFlot - Plots, Canvas and Charts.

13) Accessible charts using canvas and jQuery ± A proof of concept for visualizing HTML table data with the canvas element by using jQuery to provides several types of editable graphs, such as Pie, Line, Area, and Bar.


Live Demo: Here

jQuery Editors 14) Small Rich Text Editor - Small footprint, Cross-browser, Ajax Image upload, HTML Cleanup with PHP back-end rich text editor with all basic Rich Text functionality included.

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15)markItUp! Universal markup editor- This plugin allows you to turn any textarea into a markup editor. Html, Textile, Wiki Syntax, Markdown, BBcode or even your own Markup system can be easily implemented. Worth Checking!

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jQuery Flash Plugins 16) jQuery Flash Plugin- A jQuery plugin for embedding Flash movies.

17) jMP3- jMP3 is an easy way make any MP3 playable directly on most any web site (to those using Flash & JS), using the sleek Flash Single MP3 Player & jQuery.

18) jQuery Media Plugin- It can be used to embed virtually any media type, including Flash, Quicktime, Windows Media Player, Real Player, MP3, Silverlight, PDF and more, into a web page.

jQuery Tabs You can use the a href= http://docs.jquery.com/UI/Tabs >jUI/Tabsto create more dynamic tab functionality. 19) jQuery Tabs- Typical tabbing structure which degrade nicely without JavaScript enabled.


Live Demo: Here

jQuery LightBox 20) Fancy Box- Kinda different image zooming script for those who want something fresh. Features: Automatically scales large images to fit in window, adds a nice drop shadow under the full-size image, image sets to group related images and navigate through them

21) Thickbox Plus- Click an Image to view a ThickBox image that is resized when your window is resized to fit the window.

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jQuery Datagrid plugins 22) Flexi Grid- Lightweight but rich data grid with resizable columns and a scrolling data to match the headers, plus an ability to connect to an xml based data source using Ajax to load the content. Similar in concept with the Ext Grid only its pure jQuery love, which makes it light weight and follows the jQuery mantra of running with the least amount of configuration.

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23) Query Grid 3.1- Datagird plugin for jQuery, where the user can manipulate the number of requested pages with adding, updating, deleting row data.

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jQuery Field Manipulation 24) FaceBook Like ± jQuery and autosuggest Search Engine- This autosuggest search engine is inspired from facebook for design, use jQuery as ajax framework and BSN Autosuggest libs.


Live Demo: Here

25) Masked Input Plugin- It allows a user to more easily enter fixed width input where you would like them to enter the data in a certain format (dates,phone numbers, etc).

jQuery with cool animation Effects 26) jQuery Enchant- Devoted to rich effects. It already features all effects you know from scriptaculous/interface, as well as many more great additions: color animations, class animations and highly configurable effects.

27) EasyDrag jQuery Plugin- Add the ability to drag and drop almost any DOM element without much effort. So it¶s simple to use and you can also attach handlers both to the drag and to the drop events.

28) Simple Effects Plugins- Nice animation effects that can easily toggle, hide, show, fade, slide elements.

29) Slide out and drawer effect- A demonstration of accordion effect in action, where the mouse settles on the title of the ¶section¶ and the associated links are exposed. What makes this effect particularly cool, is that the drawers maintain a fixed height and slide between restricted area.


Live Demo: Here

jQuery Worth Checking Plugins 30) crop, labelOver and pluck- How to create a drop cap and apply it to every paragraph in a DIV.

31) Style Author Comments Differently with jQuery- Nice custom styling applied to comments left by the author.

32) Creating a fading header- A simple example using jQuery and CSS that shows you how to create the fading header technique.


Live Demo: Here

33) Coda Bubble- A demonstration of the µpuff¶ popup bubble effect as seen over the download link on the Coda web site


Live Demo: Here

34) Another In-Place Editor- This is a script that turns any element, or an array of elements into an AJAX in place editor using one line of code.


Live Demo: Here

35) jQuery Taconite- The jQuery Taconite Plugin allows you to easily make multiple DOM updates using the results of a single AJAX call. It processes an XML command document that contain instructions for updating the DOM.

Live Demo: Here

jQuery Web Applications 36) GenFavicon- A cool online generator that creats little favicons used throughout the web. You have the option of either specifying a URL for the image you¶d like to convert or uploading it to the site for processing.

37) WriteMaps- WriteMaps provides an easy-to-use interface for creating, editing, and sharing your sitemaps.

Great Resources for jQuery Inspiration and How to s

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