50 New And Crazy Cool jQuery Plugins


With 2011 a little over half over it’s the right time to look at, and uncover, the current trends of web design and development. It’s sure been a helluva ride for jQuery and it’s growth just doesn’t stop. With more than 40% of websites using jQuery now it’s no longer possible to ignore this efficient, powerful and lightweight tool.

jQuery gives developers the chance to enrich websites with amazing elements without the need to write dozens of lines of code. This article presents 50 advanced, cutting-edge yet simple jQuery plugins that will enhance your web experience drastically.

1. jbar


jbar is a jQuery plugin that transforms an unordered list <ul> into a toolbar with dropdown menus.

2. e24TabMenu


e24TabMenu is a plugin written for scriptaculous. It is a tab menu that expands and collapses smoothly.

2.1. RoyalSlider – Touch-Enabled jQuery Image Gallery

RoyalSlider is easy to use jQuery image gallery with animated captions and touch support for mobile devices. Easily add unlimited number of slides and captions. Use it as image slider, image gallery, banner rotator, banner ads, or even presentation.

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3. Simple jQuery Fluid Thumbnail Menu Bar


The idea of a fluid thumbnail bar is simple: create a list of thumbnails within a space where the overflow can be flipped through page by page.

4. Accordion Multilevel Menu


The plugin has a boolean initialization option accordion. If you set this value to “true” the menu behaves as an accordion menu. The irrelevant menu items are closed while the relevant slides open.

5. DropKick


Creating custom dropdowns is usually a tedious process that requires a ton of extra setup time. Oftentimes lacking conveniences that native dropdowns have such as keyboard navigation. DropKick removes the tedium and lets you focus on making the menu look good.

6. jQuery Resize And Crop


jQuery Resize And Crop (jrac) is a jQuery plugin that build a viewport around a given image permitting a person to visually resize an image and place a crop. Then it is
possible to use the coordinates data for any purpose.

7. Cloud Zoom


Cloud Zoom is a jQuery image zoom plugin, a comparable alternative to products such as Magic Zoom. Compared to the popular jQZoom plugin, Cloud Zoom is smaller, has more features and more robust compatibility across browsers.

8. Simple jQuery Image Hover Effect


This is a simple technique to animate an image when hovering using jQuery’s animate() effect.

9. Easy Image Zoom


Easy Image Zoom gives you the opportunity to see large details of the product while moving the cursor over a medium sized image.

10. ImageLens


Use this jQuery plug-in to add lens style zooming effect to an image,

11. ImageSelect


ImageSelect is a jQuery plugin that allows the user to select an image by means of a nice looking dropdown.

12. jQuery Mapz


With Mapz you can easily create draggable image maps by just calling one function and by using some simple and clean HTML mark-up.

13. jQuery Image Gallery


Image Gallery with Lightbox effect and slideshow functionality for jQuery UI.

14. JbhSlider


JbhSlider is a fully customizable slider. You can add/remove navigation or pagination. You can set the effect, the duration and the functions after/before.

15. jQuery.slideBanjo


jQuery.slideBanjo is a plugin, that shows pretty slides on your site. Supports background loading of pictures, simple to customize, full documentation. Compatible with IE7 and higher.

15.1. Estro – jQuery Ken Burns & swipe effect slider

This jQuery plugin uses unobtrusive javascript to transform a block of simple HTML markup into a gorgeous elegant slider, which can be completely customized using HTML5 data attributes. The markup is valid HTML5 and SEO optimized, with all content always being available to search engines. When using this plugin, your page layout will be consistent even if javascript has been disabled.

This slider includes a smooth and powerful Ken Burns effect which is completely configurable and compatible with all major browsers (including ie7 to ie9, Firefox Chrome, Opera, Safari) and mobile platforms like iphone / ipad. If the Ken Burns effect is not your thing, that’s OK because the “Estro” slider also includes a 2-way “Swipe” mode with configurable transitions.

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16. Slides


Slides is a slideshow plugin for jQuery that is built with simplicity in mind. Packed with a useful set of features to help novice and advanced developers alike create elegant and user-friendly slideshows.

17. jShowOff


jShowOff is a jQuery plugin for creating a rotating content module. It works by creating ‘slides’ from the child elements (eg. <li>) inside a specified wrapper element (eg. <ul>) on which .jshowoff() is invoked. It then rotates through the slides, with options for controls, links, and more.

18. Tiny Carousel


Tiny Carousel is a lightweight carousel for sliding html based content. It was built using the javascript jQuery library. Tiny Carousel was designed to be a dynamic lightweight utility that gives webdesigners a powerfull way of enhancing a websites user interface.

19. gSlider


gSlider is an interactive image slider built on jQuery. It is versatile, lightweight and easy to implement in any website or web applications.

20. Craftyslide


Craftyslide is a tiny (just 2kb) slideshow built on jQuery. Craftyslide aims to be different, by providing a simple, no-frills method of displaying images; packaged into a small, clean and efficient plugin.

21. JQuery Wysiwym


JQuery-Wysiwym is a wysiwym (What You See Is What You Mean) editor. It is not meant to be used to output HTML, it simply helps with the desired markup syntax. Currently supported are Markdown, MediaWiki, and BBCode.

22. leanModal


A super simple modal window plugin that works with your CSS. Perfect for hidden page content. Uber light at just 780 bytes (minified). Flexible width & height, image free, supports multiple instances on one page. Great for login, sign up & alert panels, etc.

23. jQuery-preloader


This jQuery plugin preloads CSS, JS, HTML and images with visual loader, fast and very small (~2Kb).

24. Zebra_Dialog


Zebra_Dialog is a small (4KB minified), compact (one JS file, no dependencies other than jQuery 1.5.2+) and highly configurable dialog box plugin for jQuery, meant to replace JavaScript’s alert and confirmation dialog boxes and built using the jQuery Plugin Boilerplate.

25. Double Vision


A jQuery 1.6.1 plugin used for moving text from input’s to textarea.

26. Textarea Code Editor


This plugin transforms textareas into code editors with the following advantages: indentation with the Tab key, intelligent home key, auto indent on enter.

27. Easy Paginate


This plugin allows you to browse easily through the list of items with pagination controls. It is very easy to implement and very lightweight so it might come in handy to use in your own projects.

28. Activity Indicator


Activity Indicator is a resolution independent indicator that works in any browser.

29. jQuery File Upload


jQuery File Upload is a jQuery based lightweight file uploader with multiple file upload and drag&drop support.

30. Color Animation


With jQuery’s animate function, you can animate all kinds of css-properties. What’s really missing from jQuery is animating colors. This plugin will add this feature.

30.1. Fancy Music Player V2.0

Player works like this  – first it detects if Flash Player 9 or higher is installed. If yes a hidden flash movie(swf) will be used, that communicates via javascript with the HTML user interface. If no Flash Player is installed, the new HTML5 audio engine will be used, which is supported by all iToys(iPhone, iPad etc.).

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31. jQuery Formwizard


The form wizard plugin is a jQuery plugin which can be used to create wizard like page flows for forms without having to reload the page in between wizard steps.

32. jQuery Spinner Control


Converts the text input to a spinner control. This plugin works fine with ASP.net for the post backs.

33. jEscape


This extension captures all the keydown events faster and less time writing code, you’ll profit.

34. jPaginator


A plugin for animated pagination, with auto-acceleration, a slider, and highly customizable.

35. Snippet


Snippet is a jQuery syntax highlighting plugin built on top of the SHJS script found on SourceForge. Snippet provides a quick and easy way of highlighting source code passages in HTML documents.

36. HTML5 jQuery Music Player


A HTML5 music player that uses an awesome design created by Orman Clark and jPlayer.

37. jQuery Link Preview


jLinkPreview is a plug-in for jQuery Library which simply allows you to see a link’s preview image before you visit them by just hovering on it. Link preview will appear by your cursor when you hover.

38. My QR Code


This plugin generate QR code for mobile devices using Google Chart API with jQuery. By default, the plugin will generate the QR code for the URL of the page. You can also specify the text, encoding and size of the QR code.

39. jQuery TagBox


This is a jQuery plugin to help add tags like input in your forms.

40. jRumble


jRumble is a jQuery plugin that rumbles, vibrates, shakes, and rotates any element you choose. It’s great to use as a hover effect or a way to direct attention to an element. You can control the X, Y, and rotation range, the speed, and event trigger for the rumble.

41. MobilyMap


MobilyMap is a jQuery plugin (7KB) that can create a Google Maps-like, draggable interface from any image.

42. Grid Navigation


jQuery plugin for achieving some neat grid navigation effects.

43. Simple Overlay


A jQuery Plugin for easily adding lightweight, flexible overlays to your projects.

44. diagonalFade


diagonalFade is a jQuery plugin allowing you to easily specify direction, fade-in, fade-out, and a host of other options to a grouping of elements. All you have to do is import it, specify the container to which the group of items resides, and poof, you’re off and away.

45. Smart Spin


Smart spin is a jQuery spin button plugin that mimics the very common windows spin button control. Smart spin allows you to select a value between minimum and maximum values using either mouse or keyboard. You can also enter a value via keyboard.

46. jQuery Credit Card Validation


Smart Validate is a jQuery credit card validation plugin, that makes credit card format validation a simple task. It ensures that user has entered valid credit card number before making actual transaction.

47. Ajax PayPal Cart


AJAX PayPal Cart is a easy to use JQuery plugin for web developer to add a full function shopping cart in their website. The AJAX cart can included a cart widget which allow display of cart information easily. Support PayPal Website Payment Standard.

48. jQuery.folderPreview


jQuery.folderPreview is a jQuery plugin that takes a series of images and positions them so that they appear within a folder graphic. This enhances the attractiveness of a browsing UI system, allowing the user to visualize the contents of the folder.

49. jQuery Lifestream


Show a stream of your online activity with jQuery

50. QuoVolver


Quovolver is a simple extension for jQuery that takes a group of quotes and displays them on your page in an elegant way.



  1. Reg

    I’m new to wordpress and happened on you site – than you absolutley brill.
    I have one request. What is the popup bottom right? I would dearly love to use it to jump to the top of my pages.
    Thanks again.

  2. Aj Banda

    I love using jquery on my sites that I create, it’s smooth and make them interactive!

    nice share!

  3. Chris

    jquery has definitely come a long way. I especially like the flexibility it offers with image/video galleries such as cloud zoom.

  4. nikos lianeris

    great collection!I’ve allready used jPaginator and it really rocks! :) Thank you for sharing

  5. Jacques Bodin-Hullin

    Thanks for my plugin, it’s a very good surprise !!

    Soon a Magento module and maybe a Prototype version…
    In its second version, the plugin will allow full customization of the effect used.

    Be patient !

  6. David Y

    This is a truly resourceful post. Found quite a few things I’m looking forward to try out.

  7. Jeremy Hawes

    Definitely some great uses of jQuery – I especially liked the Accordian side panel nav menu – will be great for business sites.

  8. J. Ashley

    I was wondering how you make money blogging and around how much you make? Btw… love the jquery lists. Very helpful for people who are overwhelmed at all that jquery has to offer.

  9. Gavin

    Oooo bookmarked!! Nothing beats a epic list of jquery plugins. Really love the HTML 5 music player and image hover over effect! Good work guys, another great post. Really enjoy visiting this blog every morning!

  10. Neat round up. Particularly like the image zooming plugins, I think I might be usig one or two of these.
    The file upload jquery widget looks pretty neat, can see myself putting that into some of my admin templates.
    Good article, thanks for sharing.