10 Best Image Zoom jQuery & Vanilla JavaScript Plugins (2022 Update)

by jQueryScript,

What is Image Zoom?

Image Zoom is a widely used web technology which enables the visitor to view the details about product/article/post images on hover or click/tap, just like a magnifying glass effect.

Zooming an image is one of the easiest ways to make a website more interactive. This definitely helps people understand what you're trying to say because an image can tell a thousand words and click interactions can tell another hundred thousand. 

The Best Image Zoom Plugin

Image zoom JavaScript plugin is the best tool for enlarging images on your website. This is a new trend for web designers as there was a time image-enlarging was tricky and even costly to implement. Now it’s as simple as adding a line of code.

There are many image zoom JavaScript libraries available online. Some of them are very light-weight and easy to implement, while others have much more advanced functionalities and require jQuery or other JS frameworks in your website that you might already be using. But, if you had the budget, which one would you use? What criteria will you use to select the best one for your web application?

In this post you will find the 10 best jQuery and Pure JavaScript Image Zoom plugins that enables your visitors to enlarge images within your document in an elegant way. I hope you like it.

Originally Published Dec 17 2017, updated Jan 16 2022

Table of contents:

jQuery Image Zoom Plugins:

Zoom Images On Click/Tap - image-zoom.js

A lightweight (1.8kb minified) and easy jQuery image zoom plugin that enables the visitor to zoom in/out images with mouse and touch events.

Zoom Images On Click/Tap - image-zoom.js

[Demo] [Download]


Panning and Zooming Any Elements - panzoom

panzoom is a simple JavaScript plugin that allows you to drag, pan, zoom in/out any elements of your webpage using CSS3.

Panning and Zooming Any Elements - panzoom

[Demo] [Download]


Magnify Images On Mouse Hover - jqZoom

A fast and small jQuery image zoom plugin that applies a mouse-over magnifying glass to any image within the document.

Magnify Images On Mouse Hover - jqZoom

[Demo] [Download]


jQuery Plugin For Image Zoom On Hover - picZoomer

A very small jQuery plugin that adds zoom on hover functionality for your photos with support for thumbnail navigation. You can use the plugin in your e-commerce website to create a product viewer which allows the visitor to navigate between product pictures with an image hover zoom functionality.

jQuery Plugin For Image Zoom On Hover - picZoomer

[Demo] [Download]


Image Magnifier Glass Effect In jQuery - BUP.js

A really simple image zoom plugin that zooms in part of your image with a magnifying glass effect.

Image Magnifier Glass Effect In jQuery - BUP.js

[Demo] [Download]


Vanilla JS Image Zoom Libraries:

Medium.com Like Image Zoom Library – Lightense.js

Lightense.js is a lightweight and simple to use JavaScript library for image zooming as you seen on Medium.com.

Medium.com Like Image Zoom Library – Lightense.js

[Demo] [Download]


Zoom Image On Hover – js-image-zoom

A lightweight and zero-dependency JavaScript image zoom library to enlarge part of your image and display the zoomed image in a specific container on mouse hover.

Zoom Image On Hover - js-image-zoom

Demo Download


Touch-enabled Image Zoom Plugin With JavaScript

A simple and cross-platform image zoom library written in pure JavaScript.

Touch-enabled Image Zoom Plugin With JavaScript

Demo Download


medium-zoom

medium-zoom is a lightweight and dependency-free JavaScript library used for creating a responsive, user-friendly image zoom / lightbox effect as seen on Medium.com pages.

medium-zoom

[Demo] [Download]


Drag To Move & Mouse Wheel To Zoom Library – wheel-zoom

A vanilla JavaScript zoom & pan library which applies drag to move and mouse wheel to zoom functionalities on the image or any HTML content within a container.

Drag To Move & Mouse Wheel To Zoom Library – wheel-zoom

[Demo] [Download]


Conclusion:

Here I have published best 10 Image Zoom JavaScript libraries. These are most popular, robust and superb JavaScript libraries for zoom effects. If you want to create stunning jQuery image zoom effects, then use these libraries to beautify your web design elements.

More Resources:

Looking for more jQuery plugins or JavaScript libraries to create awesome Image Zoom Effects on the web & mobile? See jQuery Image Zoom and JavaScript Image Zoom sections for more details.