Using jQuery countdown plugins is probably the simplest and most performance optimal way to add a dynamic and interactive countdown timer to your website.

I am sure you have noticed the countdown features on e.g. sport sites showing countdown until a big event. You have probably also seen sites that are not online yet or down for maintenance using a jQuery countdown timer to tell visitors when to come back. This is called a under construction timer or landing page. They can also be used to countdown to a release date of a game, a movie or to a party. Countdown or jQuery timer scripts simply have many useful use cases and the good news is that there are some really good scripts you can use on your site.

If you like jQuery plugins and javascript in general, make sure to check out the thousands of fully-licensed scripts found over at Envato Market.

In this article, you will find most of the useful jQuery countdown scripts available right now. jQuery is also useful in many other areas and in particular jQuery Slider, jQuery carousel and plugins can give a website a face-lift. If I missed some scripts, you like then please leave a comment. I am doing ongoing updates to the article where I add new jQuery countdown timers and check the links and current ratings of the elements I have included.

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.



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Premium jQuery Countdown Scripts

jCountdown Mega Package – MORE INFO / DEMO


This is a quite new but promising jQuery countdown script. jCountdown is a customizable jQuery countdown plugin, you can use on your site to show a cool and easy to customize countdown timer.You should check the demo page as it is very well set up and allows you to play with all the settings through a easy to use interface.

JBMarket Circular Countdown – MORE INFO / DEMO


This is one of my favorites as it stands out visually from the rest and most countdown timer we see used at the moment. JBMarket circular countdown is a jQuery countdown timer with cool looking circular design. It is a great way for counting the time left to an event. Comes with 5 ready to use pages and psd file.

Circular Countdown jQuery Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO

With this jQuery countdown plugin, you’ll be able to create simple, clean and original countdowns. This plugin mixes a jQuery countdown combined with canvas shapes easy to configure via a set of options.

Coconut – Jquery Countdown Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO


This is another must see jQuery countdown script with a circular design. You get a set of backgrounds for the under construction page and a countdown script where you can adjust the colors and sizes of the circular elements. There is also a % status bar feature included.

Dynamic Countdown with Counter – MORE INFO / DEMO

Customisable Countdown Counter You can generate a few different colours, fonts an font weight with out handy generator.

Countdown / construction page – MORE INFO / DEMO

Easy adaptable countdown, under construction – page. Including manual for easy set-up.

Coming soon landing page – MORE INFO / DEMO

Javascript Under Construction Website Counter!

Fresh Parallax Under Construction Countdown – MORE INFO / DEMO

Fresh Parallax Under Construction upgrades your “Coming Soon” page with a dynamic 3D cloudy sky with your logo or item of choice in focus.

LuxCountdown – MORE INFO / DEMO

Custom countdown timers style (with css), javascript framework indipendent, no coding knowledge need for basic usage, simple themes for countdown timers already included.

Live Brodcast Countdown Module – MORE INFO / DEMO

Nice jQuery based countdown timer. Header text depending on countdown stateus (counting down or finished). A lot of options available. Upon time expiration the module will display the expiration message for the amount of time set in back-end. When this time reaches its limit the module will restart the countdown until next event.

Easy Countdown – MORE INFO / DEMO

jsCountdown – MORE INFO / DEMO

Included are 14 different skins to choose from and a template file (png format) to make your own.

Broadcast Countdown Widget – MORE INFO / DEMO

Nice widget for WordPress making it easy to add professional´ly looking countdown timer to a WordPress based site.

JavaScript Animated Counter – MORE INFO / DEMO

Simple, animated JavaScript counter, which will allow You to present rapidly increased or decreased values, such as number of registered users, total income etc. But that’s not all… this counter can be also used as a text or date & time displayer or as a clock. It can be also used as a countdown, to show time left for the beginning of a product release campaign or a sale start.

Fancy Countdown – jQuery plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO

Fancy Countdown is a highly customizable jQuery plugin that lets you create an outstanding countdown. It´s very easy to use. You can set an own target date with a timezone. The plugin comes with an extensive API.

FlipTimer – MORE INFO / DEMO

FlipTimer 1.2 with 8 color themes ready made and a beautiful template with working contact form included

Free jQuery Countdown Scripts

jQuery Countdown – MORE INFO

This is a jQuery plugin that sets a div or span to show a countdown to a given time. There are tons of options available and everything is supported by good examples and code snippets.

Countdown – MORE INFO

Countdown is a highly flexible javascript flip clock.

jQuery Plugin – KK Countdown – MORE INFO / DEMO


KK countdown is a jQuery countdown plugin that counts down to specific dates in the future.

littlewebthings CountDown – MORE INFO / DEMO

This is an Easy to use animated countdown JavaScript. It is jQuery compatible and easily skinable

jQuery Countdown plugin that doesn’t sucks! – MORE INFO

Countdown timer jQuery Plugin – MORE INFO

A simple jQuery Plugin that countdowns how long it is from a date. Very easy to use and a good download package with everything needed to get started.

jQuery CountDown Plugin – MORE INFO

This script allows you to create a rapidshare.com like countdown and to animate the CSS font-size of each second and present a reward at the end.

How can I make a jQuery countdown – MORE INFO

This is a really simple script, but it is a countdown script…

The Countdown jQuery plugin (translated)

Easy to use countdown script. Unfortunately no demo or example.

Other countdown scripts your may find useful

Author : Lars Vraa

Lars started tripwire magazine back in January 2009. He is really passionate about web design, web development and loves to look into new technologies, techniques, tools etc. and to write articles for his readers.

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