With jQuery image zoom effect plugins, you can create amazing image zoom effects with minimal coding effort. This is very useful if you have large images that will otherwise take up too much space on your web pages. With a jQuery zoom script you can keep the image smaller and allow visitors to zoom in as needed.  Using jQuery zoom image effects is an elegant way to show details e.g, in photographs, art or designs. Image zoom also works well as simple hover effects where the hovered image wither zoom in or out for usability purpose.

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For this post I have collected most of the jQuery plugins available to create image zoom effects on websites and blogs. If you do not find what you need in this article to feature your images I recommend you check out some jQuery Sliders as they provide another great technique for showcasing images. This article was recently updated with more image jQuery zoom plugins, and I 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.



Collection of jQuery Image Zoom Effect Plugins

NuvuZoom 2.0 – Simple, Elegant jQuery Zoom – MORE INFO / DEMO

NuvuZoom 2.0 - Simple, Elegant jQuery Zoom

With the NuvuZoom jQuery zoom plugin you get various great visual zoom effects and styles. The plugin is lightweight and simple to use. One of the features I am sure you will love is the zoom in and out effects.

Epic Image Zoom – MORE INFO / DEMO

I think Epic Image Zoom is one of the zoom plugins worth checking out. The script allows you to  add zoom-in functionality to any image with configurable magnification level and magnifier appearance. Epic Image Zoom also provides built-in image preloading.

SwinxyZoom – MORE INFO / DEMO


SwinxyZoom is a cool image zoom jQuery plugin. It offers various image zoom options and layouts. The plugin has been designed to work across multiple screens sizes including mobile, tablets and laptops.

HoverEx – jQuery image hover animation plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO

HoverEx - jQuery image hover animation plugin

With HoverEx you get a image hover animation toolbox and you will also be able to add hover zoom effects. HoverEx contains over 36 animations and 18 hover animation templates to get you started fast. It also support for image zoom and slider effect.

ZoomBox 2 – The Photographer’s Zooming Lightbox – MORE INFO / DEMO

ZoomBox 2 - The Photographer's Zooming Lightbox

ZoomBox 2 is a jQuery powered lightbox with zoom effect. It comes with a clean design design and social media connectivity. ZoomBox is responsive from Mobile to HD and support touch gestures.

 Smooth Zoom Pan – jQuery Image Viewer – MORE INFO / DEMO

This is a jQuery 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

Image Power Zoomer – MORE INFO / DEMO

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.



This jQuery plugin will let you zoom in or out of an image using your mouse wheel. Zoome features several hoover effects that include grayscale, blur and transparent.

jQuery Zoom – MORE INFO / DEMO

A plugin to enlarge images on mouseover or mousedown.

Image Effects Pack – jQuery Powered – MORE INFO / DEMO

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

jQuery gzoom plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO

Really nice image 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


‘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.

Hover Zoom – MORE INFO / DEMO

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.

AnythingZoomer jQuery Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO

You have a small area. You mouse over it. An area pops up giving you a zoomed in closer look. This is a jQuery 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.

Etalage – MORE INFO / DEMO

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.



JQZoom is a javascript 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.

ImageLens – MORE INFO / DEMO

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

jQuery Cycle plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO

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!

Crop, labelOver and pluck – MORE INFO / DEMO

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.

ImgAreaSelect – MORE INFO / DEMO

imgAreaSelect is a jQuery plugin for selecting a rectangular area of an image.


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.

PHP & jQuery image upload and crop – MORE INFO / DEMO

PHP & jQuery image upload and crop

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



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

jQuery plugin : Fancy Zoom – MORE INFO / DEMO

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

Image Zoom 2.0 – MORE INFO / DEMO

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.

Creating An Image Zoom And Clip Effect With jQuery – MORE INFO / DEMO

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.

jQuery PhotoShoot Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO

jQuery PhotoShoot Plugin

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.

Jquery iviewer – MORE INFO / DEMO

JQuery.iviewer is a jquery plugin used to load and view image in container with ability to zoom image and to drag it with mouse in container.

Jquery iviewer

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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