50+ Useful jQuery Plugins for Front-End Development

By Focusoncode May 28, 2018

JavaScript has many other frameworks available, but the most popular is jQuery.His purpose is to make code easier to manage and write. It’s lightweight, and because it is extendable, there are jQuery plugins freely available for almost every functionality you can think of.

To find what you are looking quickly, here is a list of jQuery plugins into the following categories:

  1. Web & Mobile Layouts Plugins
  2. Menu & Navigation Plugins
  3. Plugins for Media, Slider, Carousel & Gallery Plugins
  4. Text Effect Plugins, Form Plugins
  5. uncategorized Utility Plugins.

jQuery Plugins for Web & Mobile Layouts

pagePiling.js is a jQuery plugin for ‘piling’ your layout sections over one another and accessing them by scrolling.
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fullPage.js is a simple plugin for creating fullscreen scrolling websites.
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The jQuery Tilted Page Scroll allows you to create a beautiful and unique 3D tilted scrolling effect on your website.
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gridscrolling.js is a plugin for positioning sections and asides in a grid & allowing for easy cursor key navigation.
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Flickerplate is a responsive, touch-enabled and lightweight plugin that allows you to ‘flick’ through content.
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jInvertScroll is a lightweight plugin that allows you to move horizontally with a parallax effect while scrolling down.
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Animsition is a simple plugin for adding page transitions with CSS animations.jquery-plugins

scrollToBySpeed.js is a plugin that lets you scroll the window by speed rather than by duration.
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Brick Work is a lightweight (15kb) and feature-rich plugin for creating responsive dynamic layouts.
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ScrollMe is a lightweight plugin that allows you to add simple scrolling effects to webpages.
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jquery.smoothState.js is a plugin that progressively enhances pages to behave more like a single-page application.

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multiscroll.js is a simple plugin for creating multi scrolling websites with two vertical scrolling panels.
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jquery.matchHeight.js is a more robust equal heights plugin for jQuery.
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jQuery Navigation & Menu Plugins

Slidebars is a lightweight (2kb) plugin for creating an app-style push-menu.
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scotchPanels.js is a jQuery off-canvas menu and panel plugin.

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jQuery Plugins for Media (Images & Video)

Focuspoint is a plugin for dynamically cropping images to fill the available space without cutting-out the image’s subject.

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Fluidbox is a replication of the Medium.com lightbox module, with some added improvements.
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GifPlayer is a small plugin that allows you to control when to play and stop animated GIFs.jquery-plugins

rowGrid.js is a plugin for placing images on a grid with support for infinite scrolling.

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SVGMagic is a simple SVG fallback plugin that finds SVG images on your site and creates PNG versions if the browser doesn’t support themjquery-plugins.

Vide is a jQuery plugin for easily adding video backgrounds to your web pages.
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Dense.js is a plugin for easily serving retina-ready images.
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Covervid is a simple plugin that will allow you to make HTML5 video behave like a background image.
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jQuery-Cropbox is a really useful plugin for in-place image cropping (zoom & pan, as opposed to select and drag).
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Face Detection is a powerful jQuery/Zepto plugin that detects faces on images, videos and canvases.

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BttrLazyLoading is a plugin that allows your web app to only load images within the viewport as the user scrolls.
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jQuery Slider, Carousel & Gallery Plugins

Simple jQuery Slider is a lightweight jQuery Slider that does exactly what a slider should do: ‘slides slides’.
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anoFlow is a feature-rich and responsive lightbox/gallery plugin.
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nanoGALLERY is a responsive, touch-enabled and easy to use image gallery plugin.

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Photopile JS is a jQuery image gallery that simulates a stack of scattered photos on a surface.

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Justified.js is a plugin that creates a justified image grid of images.

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Shuffle Images is a jQuery plugin that allows you to display and shuffle multiple images within a gallery by moving or shaking the cursor.

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Skippr is a super simple and lightweight slideshow plugin for jQuery.

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jQuery Text Effect Plugins

jQuery.fontFlex.js is a lightweight plugin for dynamically changing font sizes.

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t.js is a lightweight jQuery plugin for typewriter-like text effects.

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CurvedText is a simple jQuery plugin that allows you to align text on any curve.

Morphext – An Animate.css powered jQuery carousel plugin for text phrases.

Splitchar is a jQuery plugin that allows you to style and design the first, second or both halves of a character.

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jQuery Form Element Plugins

BootstrapValidator is a jQuery plugin for validating Bootstrap forms.

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Labelauty – A nice and lightweight jQuery plugin that gives beauty to checkboxes and radio buttons.

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Guardian is a flexible and easy to extend all-purpose form validation jQuery plugin.

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fontIconPicker is a lightweight plugin that allows you to include a simple icon picker within any form.

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HideSeek is a simple, yet customizable jQuery plugin for live search.

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ClockPicker is a clock-style time picker for jQuery or Bootstrap.

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jQuery Utility Plugins

jQuery Confirm Mailto is a plugin to Confirm with users before opening any mailto: link through their default email client.

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jQuery prettySocial is a custom sharing button plugin for Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook & Google+.

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jNottery is a plugin that allows you to add notes to a page.

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jquery.adaptive-backgrounds.js is a cool plugin that extracts the dominant color from the images on your web page and applies the color to their parent.

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jQuery.planetarium is a jQuery plugin that allows you to construct interactive planets and build the Universe!

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jquery.wanker.js is a humourous jQuery plugin that reveals a public service announcement when people start excessively resizing their desktop browser as they try to see your responsive breakpoints. As they say ‘The web is meant to be read, not squished!’

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