30+ jQuery Zoom Plugins for Creating Stunning Zoom Effects

September 19, 2016 · 58 comments

by Sonny M. Day

jQuery Zoom plugins can be really useful for showing image details or for making large images fit on a website with limited space. In fact with a little bit of jQuery experience and the right plugins at hand anyone can create really awesome front ends. We see jQuery in actions more or less every e.g. as jQuery Sliders or as navigation made interactive using jQuery .

A key element on most websites is the use of high quality images to support the content. If you are not aware of it already I can tell you that jQuery is very powerful with images and can help you do really cool stuff in a snap. This post on tripwire magazine cover some of the best jQuery Zoom Plugins to create Stunning Image Zoom Effects on your site or blog. This is very useful if you have large images that will otherwise take up too much space, for a image portfolio etc.

This post was recently updated with more useful jQuery Zoom Plugins and we also checked all links.

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links (at no extra cost to you). I recommend that you do your own independent research before purchasing any product or service. This article is not a guideline, a recommendation or endorsement of specific products.



1. jQuery Image Zoom and Panning Plugin

jQuery Image Zoom and Panning Plugin

This is a jQuery plugin that creates a zoom and panning effect on an image. The plugin requires two image versions, one small preview and one larger for zoom and panning. This is a nice way to view details on an image.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

2. Etalage

A ready to use jQuery image zooming plugin to present your images in the highest detail without leaving the page.

Simply link to the JavaScript and CSS files and apply it to your HTML element like other jQuery plugins. Customize the settings and CSS to match your style and purpose. Full documentation and examples included.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

3. Image Power Zoomer

This is a jQuery plugin that adds a magnifying glass every image on your page. Allows users to zoom in on parts of the image, simply by moving the cursor.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

4. Epic Image Zoom

With this jQuery Zoom plugin you can add zoom-in functionality to any image with configurable magnification level and magnifier appearance. It provides built-in image preloading.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

5. jQuery Zoom Plugin

Zoom Plugin is a lightweight jQuery plugin that gives the users ability to control the text size, color, alignment and font family of an article on a page. This lets the user control exactly the options that suits them, and is also a pretty impressive feature to have on a site.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

6. Smooth Zoom Pan – jQuery Image Viewer

Smooth Zoom Pan - jQuery Image Viewer

This is a jQuery Zoom image viewer prepared to display product photos, maps or any image within custom small area. Can be configured and implemented in web pages with simple copy / paste steps. More than 30 parameters available to customize, yet a standard version can work simply with 2 values

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

7. Zoomer

‘Zoomer’ is a JavaScript component authored by James Padolsey. “Zoomer” enables your users to closely inspect images by hovering their cursor over them. It’s been built as a robust, unobtrusive and highly customizable jQuery plugin.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

8. jQuery Mega Image Viewer – animated zoom and pan

The mega image viewer jQuery plugin allows you to easily replace <div> tags
with animated image viewers.

Viewer used for displaying high-resolution object (image – JPG , PNG, GIF ). Viewer displays the given display object inside the user-defined viewport area. Viewer allows to control the position and zoom of the object displayed inside the viewport. Viewer controls the sliding and zoom of the displayed object so that the viewport area will be filled completely.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

9. AnythingZoomer jQuery Plugin

You have a small area. You mouse over it. An area pops up giving you a zoomed in closer look. This is a jQuery Zoom plugin that does it. I’m not going to tell you what you should use it for or elaborate use-case scenarios. Your own creativity can help you there.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

10. Featured Image Zoomer

This script lets you view a magnified portion of any image upon moving your mouse over it. A magnifying glass appears alongside the image displaying the magnified area on demand. The user can toggle the zoom level by using the mousewheel. It’s great to use on product images, photos, or other images with lots of details you want users to be able to get into on command.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

11. ImageLens

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

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

12. Image Effects Pack – jQuery Powered

Image Effects Pack - jQuery Powered

A pack of premium image effects to enhance your website user experience.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

13. jQuery iViewer

JQuery.iviewer is an jquery ui widget representing image viewer component used to load and view image with ability to zoom image and to drag it with mouse in container.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

14. Fine Zoom

Fine Zoom is a not free and extended version of AX-ZOOMER. Fine zoom can zoom images with different zoom of levels with smooth effect. Also drag and pan are done with a smooth effect. Just apply the plugin to any image and you can zoom in and out images just like Google Maps Zoom. It works everywhere even on touch devices(android and iosx). On Ipad and Iphone for zoom can be used the classic pinch method.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

15. Creating An Image Zoom And Clip Effect With jQuery


Good video tutorial showing you how to create an image zoom effect where you can select a region of an image and the image will automatically scale up to show the selected region.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

16. Loupe jQuery Plugin

Loupe jQuery Plugin is plugin which gives You ability to add zoom on hover ability for Your photos with single line of code. It’s siutable as standalone and only zooming solution or as an addition to other ‘candy eyed’ image libraries as prettyPhoto or Lightbox. What’s new in this plugin is ablilty to controll zoom level and loupe size instantly by end user via mousescroll which gives oportunity to enlarge areas that user is interested in.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

17. Zoomooz

Zoomooz is an easy-to-use jQuery plugin for making any web page element zoom.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

18. JQZoom


JQZoom is a jQuery Zoom image magnifier built at the top of the popular jQuery javascript framework.jQzoom is a great and a really easy to use script to magnify what you want.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

19. jQuery plugin: Easy Image Zoom

Thsi script will allow users to see large details of the product while moving cursor over medium sized image.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

20. Cloud Zoom

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

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

21. Ajax Zoom

AJAX-ZOOM is a powerful image zoom & pan plugin with 360° rotate option, jQuery image gallery option based on jQuery (JavaScript) and PHP. It is a completely packaged and free / low cost jQuery zoom solution to present high resolution images on the web. With over 300 other options AJAX-ZOOM is very flexible regarding it’s appearance and can be seamlessly integrated into any website – branding free!

MORE INFO / DEMO (free and premium plugin)

22. jQuery gzoom plugin

Really nice image jQuery Zoom plugin with the following features: click on plus and minus to zoom, drag the slider to zoom Zoom using mousewheel hover the image, Moving mouse hover the image change the pan, Click on the image to show in lightbox style

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

23. Nivo Zoom

Nivo Zoom is jQuery plugin that allows you to zoom the image in full size or as lighbox. Its main feature is that you can determine the location of larger images of these miniatures. Zoom is a cross-Nivo browser plug-ins and tested on the following browsers: Internet Explorer 7 +, Firefox 3+, Google Chrome 4 and Safari

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

24. DCS Image Zoom

Image zoomer. Great for the product viewer in your web.

MORE INFO / DEMO by CodeCanyon (premium plugin)

25. Image Zoom 2.0


This plug-in makes links pointing to images open in the “Image Zoom”. Clicking a link will zoom out the clicked image to its target-image. Click anywhere on the image or the close-button to zoom the image back in. Only ~3k minified.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

26. jQuery Zoom

A plugin to enlarge images on mouseover or mousedown.

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27. Hover Zoom

The hover zoom effect basically reverse zooms an image while fading in a label on top of it when the mouse hovers over it. It makes for a pretty slick effect which could be used on thumbnails. As always, you can check out a demo or grab the source right here if you don’t want to read the entire tutorial.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

28. jQuery Cycle plugin


This is a lightweight slideshow plugin that supports pause-on-hover, auto-stop, auto-fit, before/after callbacks, click triggers and many transition effects. The effects look very good!

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

29. jQuery Thumbnail with Zooming Image and Fading Caption

Learn how to build thumbnail gallery with zooming effect and fadein and fadeout caption. This tutorial will walk you through the concept behind it and how to code it.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

30. Photo Zoom Out Effect with jQuery

This tutorial will show you how to create a simple image zoom out effect with jQuery. The idea is show some images which are zoomed in initially and when hovering over an image it gets zoomed out. This effect could be used in photography websites or image galleries.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

31. jQuery plugin : Fancy Zoom


This plugin is the jQuery version on the fancy zoom effect. This plugin is providing a smooth, clean, truly Mac-like effect, almost like it’s a function of Safari itself

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

32. 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.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

33. Jcrop

Jcrop is the quick and easy way to add image cropping functionality to your web application. It combines the ease-of-use of a typical jQuery plugin with a powerful cross-platform DHTML cropping engine that is faithful to familiar desktop graphics applications.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

34. jQuery PhotoShoot Plugin

great new jquery plugins

The jQuery PhotoShoot plugin gives you the ability to convert any div on your web page into a photo shooting effect, complete with a view finder.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

35. PHP & jQuery image upload and crop


Awesome jQuery Zoom solution for allowing users to upload and crop images on your site.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

36. PanView


This plugin allows your visitors view details of a big image and move around with the mouse.

MORE INFO / DEMO (free plugin)

Author : Sonny Day

Sonny M. Day is a passionate SEO and web design enthusiast who loves photography, mountain climbing, snorkeling and dirt bike riding.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

starfall 101 August 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Awesome collection and its worth reading and dig some zooming effect. Thanks admin for sharing.


pompa April 15, 2013 at 11:36 pm

thanks. good zoom slider list


IT-Consulting January 21, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Great list. Found the right one for me!


shashank December 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

please help me…
i have a admin panel from which am adding images through php…
dose images are shown on the main web page…
i want that whenevr ny1 move cursor on dose images dere should be lens zoom effect on all dose pictures on which mouse is moved…
plz i need urgnt hlp…


saeed edi December 9, 2012 at 8:09 am

thanks alot Mr!
very useful….


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