Versatile Grid Layout System - Packery

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Versatile Grid Layout System - Packery

Packery is a versatile layout system designed to simplify the task of creating responsive, cross-platform grids for the modern web layout.


  • Can be implemented as jQuery or Vanilla JS plugin.
  • Custom horizontal and vertical space between grid items.
  • Smooth transitions when arranging grid items.
  • Compatible with the Draggabilly library to create a draggable grid layout.
  • Supports any layout types: Masonry, Mosaic, etc.

Basic usage:

1. Install the package and import the Packery.js library into the document.

$ npm install packery --save
<!-- jQuery is OPTIONAL -->
<script src="/path/to/cdn/jquery.min.js"></script>
<!-- For Draggable layout -->
<script src="/path/to/cdn/draggabilly.pkgd.min.js"></script>
<!-- Packery.js library -->
<script src="/path/to/dist/packery.pkgd.min.js"></script>
<!-- Or from a CDN -->
<script src=""></script>

2. Insert grid items to the layout.

<div class="grid">
  <div class="grid-item"></div>
  <div class="grid-item"></div>
  <div class="grid-item"></div>
  <div class="grid-item"></div>
  <div class="grid-item"></div>

3. Call the main function packery on the top container and done.

// As a jQuery plugin
var $grid = $('.grid').packery({
    itemSelector: '.grid-item'

// As a Vanilla JS plugin
var grid = document.querySelector('.grid');
var pckry = new Packery( grid, {
    itemSelector: '.grid-item'

4. Make all grid items draggable.

var draggies = [];
var isDrag = false;
$grid.find('.grid-item').each( function( i, gridItem ) {
  var draggie = new Draggabilly( gridItem );
  draggies.push( draggie );
  // bind drag events to Packery
  $grid.packery( 'bindDraggabillyEvents', draggie );

5. All possible options to customize the grid layout system.

var $grid = $('.grid').packery({

    // item selector
    itemSelector: '.grid-item',
    // column width
    // aligns items to a horizontal grid
    columnWidth: 60,

    // row height
    // aligns items to a vertical grid
    rowHeight: 60,

    // space between items
    gutter: 10,

    // sets item positions in percent values
    percentPosition: true,

    // arranges items around these elements
    stamp: '.stamp',

    // arranges items horizontally
    horizontal: true,

    // false: right-to-left layout
    originLeft: true,

    // false: bottom-to-up layout
    originTop: true,

    // additional styles for container element
    containerStyle: null,

    // duration of transition
    transitionDuration: '0.2s',

    // transitions grid items incrementally after one another
    stagger: 30,

    // enable/disable window resize behavior
    resize: false,

    // false: initialize the layout manually
    initLayout: false


6. API methods.

// shifts all item positions

// arranges specified grid items
instance.layoutItems( items, isInstant );

// fits an item element within the layout element, x, y );

// stamps/unstamps element in the layout
instance.stamp( elements );
instance.unstamp( elements );

// appends/prepend elements
instance.appended( elements );
instance.prepended( elements );

// adds/removes items
instance.addItems( elements );
instance.remove( elements );

// reloads all items

// gets an array of item elements

// destroy the instance

// gets the instance via its element element );

7. Event handlers.

instance.on( 'layoutComplete', function( laidOutItems ) {
  // do something

instance.on( 'dragItemPositioned', function( draggedItem ) {
  // do something

instance.on( 'fitComplete', function( item ) {
  // do something

instance.on( 'removeComplete', function( removedItems ) {
  // do something

This awesome jQuery plugin is developed by metafizzy. For more Advanced Usages, please check the demo page or visit the official website.