10 Best Carousel Plugins In jQuery/JavaScript/CSS (2021 Update)

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What is Carousel?

The carousel is one of the most popular UI components in modern web design. A carousel allows you to present your favorite images, products, blog posts, or any other contents in an infinitely rotating interface.

What's the difference between Carousel And Slider?

In general, a carousel allows the visitor to infinitely loop through carousel items by clicking/tapping the navigation controls or by swiping the screen (mobile). It means that the carousel will automatically back to the first item when you reach the last one and continue to navigate. And the slider usually stops running when you reach the last slide.

The best Carousel plugin

In this blog post you will find the 10 best, responsive, and easy-to-use Carousel plugins implemented in jQuery, Vanilla JavaScript, or pure CSS/CSS3. Feel free to download and use them in your next web or mobile design project. Have fun!

Table of contents:

Originally Published Nov 08 2017, updated Jan 2nd 2021

jQuery Carousel Plugins:

1. Fully Responsive & Flexible jQuery Carousel Plugin - slick

Slick is a fresh new jQuery plugin for creating fully customizable, responsive and mobile friendly carousels/sliders that work with any html elements.

Fully Responsive & Flexible jQuery Carousel Plugin - slick

[Demo] [Download]


2. Responsive Bootstrap Carousel With Multiple Items Per Slide

A lightweight extension to the Bootstrap 4 carousel component that allows for multiple items per slide and advances one slide at a time.

Responsive Bootstrap Carousel With Multiple Items Per Slide

[Demo] [Download]


3. Responsive and Flexible Mobile Touch Slider - Swiper

Swiper is a powerful javascript library to implement responsive, accessible, flexible, touch-enabled carouses/sliders on your mobile websites and apps.

Responsive and Flexible Mobile Touch Slider - Swiper

[Demo] [Download]


4. Responsive Smooth Card Carousel With jQuery And CSS3

A simple, responsive card slider/carousel component written in JavaScript (jQuery) and CSS/CSS3. It enables the user to slide through a group of cards by clicking slides or pressing left & right arrow keys.

Responsive Smooth Card Carousel With jQuery And CSS3

[Demo] [Download]


5. Awesome & Fully Responsive jQuery Slider - FlexSlider

An Awesome & Fully Responsive jQuery Slider plugin with Simple, semantic markup. It is supported in all major browsers and comes with Horizontal/vertical slide and fade animations, Multiple slider support, Callback API, and more.

Awesome & Fully Responsive jQuery Slider - FlexSlider

[Demo] [Download]


6. Product Carousel With Magnifying Glass Effect - jQuery exzoom

exzoom is a simple yet powerful and mobile-compatible product carousel/gallery jQuery plugin for your eCommerce websites or online stores.

Product Carousel With Magnifying Glass Effect - jQuery exzoom

[Demo] [Download]


7. Responsive Multi-slide Carousel Plugin With jQuery - Multislider

Multislider is a responsive, customizable, dynamically-resized jQuery slider/carousel plugin that allows for any content types and supports multiple items in a slide.

Responsive Multi-slide Carousel Plugin With jQuery - Multislider

[Demo] [Download]


8. Responsive Image & Youtube Video Carousel For Bootstrap 4

A small jQuery extension to Bootstrap 4 framework that enables you to insert images as well as Youtube videos into a responsive Bootstrap 4 carousel component.

Responsive Image & Youtube Video Carousel For Bootstrap 4

[Demo] [Download]


9. Lightweight Responsive Content Slider Plugin with jQuery and CSS3 - lightslider

lightslider is a lightweight yet fully customizable jQuery slider plugin that supports any Html contents and makes use of CSS3 transitions and transforms to create smooth 'fade' or 'slide' effects.

Lightweight Responsive Content Slider Plugin with jQuery and CSS3 - lightslider

[Demo] [Download]


10. Create Touch-enabled Bootstrap 4/3 Carousel With Swipe Carousel

Swipe Carousel is a jQuery plugin to create mobile-friendly Bootstrap carousels by adding smart touch support to the native Bootstrap 4 or Bootstrap 3 carousel component.

Create Touch-enabled Bootstrap 4/3 Carousel With Swipe Carousel

[Demo] [Download]


Vanilla JS Carousel Plugins:

1. Draggable & Touch-friendly Slider Carousel In Pure JS

A responsive, mobile-friendly slider carousel component written in JavaScript and CSS/CSS3.

Draggable & Touch-friendly Slider Carousel In Pure JS

Demo Download


2. embla-carousel

The embla-carousel JavaScript library helps developers to create a responsive, customizable, mobile-friendly carousel component on the web app.

Draggable & Touch-friendly Carousel In Vanilla JavaScript - embla-carousel

Demo Download


3. Flip Through Elements In A 3D Space

A vanilla JavaScript carousel plugin to flip through elements in a 3D space just like the Cover Flow.

Flip Through Elements In A 3D Space

Demo Download


4. Basic 3D Carousel In Pure JavaScript

A very basic 3D coverflow style carousel/rotator implemented in pure JavaScript and CSS/CSS3.

Basic 3D Carousel In Pure JavaScript

Demo Download


5. Infinite Multi-slide Carousel In Pure JavaScript – elder-carousel

A standalone JavaScript plugin to create a basic responsive carousel that supports multiple items per slide.

Infinite Multi-slide Carousel In Pure JavaScript – elder-carousel

Demo Download


Pure CSS/CSS3 Carousels:

1. Netflix Like Hover Carousel In Pure CSS – flix-carousel

flix-carousel is a pure CSS library to create an interactive hover carousel inspired by Netflix.

Netflix Like Hover Carousel In Pure CSS – flix-carousel

[Demo] [Download]


2. CSS Flexbox Image Carousel

A smooth, elegant, responsive background image slider/carousel built using CSS flexbox and html radio inputs.

CSS Flexbox Image Carousel

[Demo] [Download]


3. Shuffling Card Carousel In Pure CSS

A modern, responsive shuffling card carousel component built using radio button, label element, HTML list and CSS/CSS3.

Shuffling Card Carousel In Pure CSS

[Demo] [Download]


4. Pure Html / CSS Responsive Carousel – Cari

Cari is a pure HTML / CSS solution to make a responsive content carousel slider without the need of any JavaScript.

Pure Html / CSS Responsive Carousel – Cari

[Demo] [Download]


5. Pure CSS Content Carousel with Arrows & Bullets Navigation

A pure CSS/CSS3 based content carousel/slideshow which allows to present a group of Html elements through user interaction.

Pure CSS Content Carousel with Arrows & Bullets Navigation

[Demo] [Download]


More Resources:

Want more jQuery plugins or JavaScript libraries to create awesome Carousels on the web & mobile? Check out the jQuery Carousel and JavaScript/CSS Carousel sections.

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