In web design a jQuery carousel is an element giving visitors easy and visible access to several content items. It is typically a dynamic scrolling list of items in horizontal order where previous and next items are partially visible. The items, consisting of HTML content, images, videos etc. can be scrolled back and forth (with or without animated transitions).
Using sliding horizontal panels, known as Carousels and jQuery Sliders, to feature top content, is one of the strongest web design trends over the last couple of years. It’s a very effective method to increase the web site usability and engage the user. The reason for this trend is mainly the arrival of jQuery that have made it almost a “walk in the park” to add a jQuery Carousel or a jQuery image slider plugin to a web site. There are many great jQuery carousel plugins available today, and it is quite difficult to choose the best. This article has been created specifically to help you get started using jQuery Carousels, but you may also jQuery Slider plugins. This article was recently updated with new jQuery carousel plugins and all link where checked.
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jQuery Carousel Plugin collection
jCoverflip has been developed to enable fast and granular customization of the look and feel and feature set.
All in one banner rotator is powerful jQuery plugin that you can be configured to act as Banner Rotator, Thumbnails Banner, Banner with Playlist, Content Slider and Carousel. It is responsive as will adapt to fit mobile screens.
SlideDeck.js – MORE INFO
Turn simple HTML markup into a responsive(mobile friendly) or fullwidth slider with must-see-effects and meanwhile keep or build your SEO optimization (all content always readable for search engines). See the heaps of custom transitions/animations for each object on the page! Customize this slider with just a little HTML and CSS to your very needs.
This plugin features tons of unique transition effects, an image preloader, video embedding, autoplay that stops on user interaction and lots of easy to set options to create your own effects. All customization can be handled via jQuery Options, HTML 5 data-attributes and CSS !
This is a jQuery content slider using the famous parallax-effect! You can create as many layers and sublayers as you want. You can use images or any other HTML elements, including Flash movies as layers. The script is very user-friendly, you can add global settings or local (per slide) settings to each layer or sublayer. You can change delay times, easing types, durations and much more.
3D Carousel is a powerful jQuery plugin that allows you to arrange a set of images in a carousel layout.
jQuery Carousel Evolution is a jQuery plugin that allows you to easily create powerfull carousel slider using HTML markup. The plugin also provides an easy to use API which will allow to further enhance the functionality of the carousel. Great for screenshoot slider.
Advanced Slider is fully responsive, mobile-ready, SEO -friendly, and offers you the option to use either HTML markup or XML . The plugin also provides an easy to use API which will allow you to further enhance the functionality of the slider and will make it possible to integrate it into your own application. Please take a look at the list of features below.
Timeline Slider is a really cool plugin to build your history timelines. Its main configuration can be easily customized due to its compact config parameters, directly from the html file. Also more configurations can be edited through the css style sheet file. It comes with 2 skins, Dark, Light, to make easy the integration on your web project. The powerful jQuery library makes this component cross-platform.
JSized Carousel is a jQuery plugin that converts a list of images into a nice image gallery. The layout and animation is a bit different from what you see in other plugins and it makes it worth cheking out.
jQuery HTML Content Slider with horizontal, vertical, and fade transitions
RoundAbout for jQuery – cool jQuery Carousel – MORE INFO / DEMO
Roundabout is a jQuery plugin that converts a structure of static HTML elements into a highly customizable turntable-like interactive area.
This is a jQuery banner rotator plugin featuring multiple transitions. The thumbnails and buttons allow for easy navigation of your banners/ads. The banner rotator is also re-sizable and configurable through the plugin’s parameters.
WOW Slider is a jQuery image slider with stunning visual effects (Blast, Fly, Blinds, Squares, Slices, Basic, Fade, Ken Burns) and tons of professionally made templates. WOW Slider is packed with a point-and-click wizard to create fantastic sliders in a matter of seconds without coding and image editing.
iCarousel is a powerful mobile-friendly and lightweight jQuery plugin that allows you to arrange a set of images in a carousel layout. The plugin also provides an easy to use API which will allow to further enhance the functionality of the carousel. Great for screenshoot slider.
A ready to use jQuery slider/carousel to present your images in a unique, smooth and customizable way.
Carou Fredsel – MORE INFO / DEMO
jQuery.carouFredSel is a plugin that turns any kind of HTML element into a carousel. It can scroll one or multiple items simultaneously, horizontal or vertical, infinite and circular, automatically or by user interaction. Oh, and it’s responsive too.
This is a highly customizable plugin to show you or your customer’s services, portfolio items, blog contents… basically all business information thinkable.
This plugin features 8 unique transition effects, image preloader, autoplay that stops on user interaction and lots of easy to set options to create your own effects.
Barousel is a jQuery plugin to easily generate simple carousels where each slide is defined by an image + any type of related content.
Elegant carousel is a carousel slider with two different effects. You can also choose between 2 orientation.
You can adapt the carousel slider verry easily to your needs with the css.
Anything Slider – MORE INFO / DEMO
AnythingSlider panels are HTML Content (can be anything). Multiple AnythingSliders allowable per-page… and much more
Dual slider – MORE INFO / DEMO
With this slider pretty much any html can go in the panels from your CMS. There is a cool sliding transition and caption effects.
Liquid Carousel – MORE INFO / DEMO
Liquid carousel is a jQuery plugin intended for liquid designs. Every time the container of the carousel gets resized, the number of items in the list change to fit the new width.
Highly customizable jQuery Carousel plugin so you can build according to your requirements. JSON data format is used to provide easier integration with external data or data from your CMS. Use it for agile web development. This is an all new version written from scratch. JQuery UI effects and the ability to read files on the server are no longer included. New features are added, such as “Control Sets” which allow for a more customizable setup. Now posted on Github for faster development.
jCarousel is a jQuery plugin for controlling a list of items in horizontal or vertical order. The items, which can be static HTML content or loaded with (or without) AJAX, can be scrolled back and forth (with or without animation).
Feature jQuery carousel – MORE INFO / DEMO
This plug-in was intended to be used to display feature stories on a home page of a website, but can be used for any reason and is highly customizable. It will always display three images at the same time, with all the rest hidden behind the center image. I have detailed instructions for using the plug-in, as well as a list of all the options and some frequent questions. If you have any questions about the carousel, please post a comment below.
slides – MORE INFO / DEMO
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.
Carousel Slideshow – MORE INFO / DEMO
Carousel Slideshow is a fabulous DHTML script for the showcasing of images on your site. It displays images in a 3D, carousel fashion.
This cool stuff easily creates a 3D rotation viewer in UIZE that lets users rotate the view of an object a full 360 degrees using a mouse, or finger on the Apple iPad.
This is a stunning full page gallery with scrollable thumbnails and a scrollable full screen preview. This works with thumbnails bar at the bottom of the page that scrolls automatically when the user moves the mouse. When a thumbnail is clicked, it moves to the center of the page and the full screen image is loaded in the background. Now the user can move up and down and the image will get scrolled automatically, giving him the opportunity to see all of the image.
This effect creates progressively enhanced slideshow with a fancy transitioning effect.
You can create all Galleries you want with elegance and style. The sliding wffect for both images and text is pretty cool.
In this tutorial we will make an infinite JQuery carousel. Many tutorials on how to make an infinite JQuery carousel are quite complex, so this is an attemot to show you how to make it much simpler.
rCarousel – yet another (but super duper) continuous jQueryUI carousel. It has lots of features and good examples.
Supersized jQuery plugin is a full screen background and slideshow that you can use to satisfy the craving of your clients for big and wonderful pictures.
Step jQuery Carousel Viewer – MORE INFO / DEMO
Step jQuery Carousel Viewer displays images or even rich HTML by side scrolling them left or right. Users can step to any specific panel on demand, or browse the gallery sequentially by stepping through x number of panels each time. A smooth sliding animation is used to transition between steps. And fear not in taming this script to go exactly where you want it to- two public methods, two custom event handlers, and three “status” variables are here for that purpose.
Thumbnails Navigation Gallery with jQuery is an extraordinary gallery with scrollable thumbnails that slide out from a navigation. It has a menu of albums where each item can reveal a horizontal bar with thumbnails when clicked. The thumbnails container will scroll automatically when the user moves the mouse to the left or the right.
Sideways is a simple, yet elegant fullscreen image gallery created with the jQuery framework and some simple CSS.
Nivo Slider MORE INFO / DEMO
Nivo slider is an awesome jQuery slider that features smooth transition, keyboard navigation and html captions.
jQuery popeye 2.0 – MORE INFO / DEMO
This popeye-box uses the standard options: it floats to the left and opens to the right, its navigation and caption show on mouseover. By placing the navigation inside the stage area (where the image is displayed), we can get it to hover above the image.
jQuery Infinite Carousel Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO
jMyCarousel – MORE INFO / DEMO
Roundabout Shapes – MORE INFO / DEMO
Roundabout Shapes provide even more paths along which your Roundabout can move. The current version of Roundabout Shapes offers eleven additional movements.
Moodular jQuery Carousel – MORE INFO / DEMO
Moodular is a jQuery plugin which allows to create carousel/slider very easily. Moodular comes from the contraction of two words : mood & modular.
Step Carousel Viewer displays images or even rich HTML by side scrolling them left or right. Users can step to any specific panel on demand, or browse the gallery sequentially by stepping through x number of panels each time. A smooth sliding animation is used to transition between steps.
This jQuery slider features smooth transition (slice images in squares) effects and is compatible with Internet Explorer 6+, Firefox 2+, Safari 2+, Google Chrome 3+, Opera 9+
Each carousel can have own look & feel and behavior. Put next/previous button wherever you want or don’t put anywhere its up to you. The most important part is; it returns a carousel object and do whatever you want.
This jQuery Carousel can do both horizontal and vertical sliders and in particular the horizontal carousel looks awesome. Really simple to use and it has good control options.
In this tutorial you will be making a jQuery & CSS mosaic gallery – it is also available as download. Mosaic, because it will feature an interesting tile transition effect when moving from one slide to another.
This plugin has been rewritten using jQuery UI’s Widget Factory with a few extra features including autoScroll