Versatile jQuery Popup Window Plugin - jBox

Versatile jQuery Popup Window Plugin - jBox
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jBox is a flexible, modular, robust jQuery plugin to implement a wide variety of popup windows on your web page & application.

With jBox plugin, you can create:

  • Draggable modal box
  • Animated notification
  • Nice-looking tooltip
  • Image gallery lightbox

How to use it:

1. Include the jQuery library and the jBox plugin's script & stylesheet in your document.

<!-- Include jQuery -->
<script src="//"></script>

<!-- Include jBox -->
<link href="jBox.css" rel="stylesheet">
<script src="jBox.js"></script>

2. Create a tooltip for an element.

// Tooltip above and centered, this is the default setting

3. Create a default notification.

function demoNoticeDefault() {
  new jBox('Notice', {
    content: 'I\'m up here!'

4. Create a draggable modal window.

new jBox('Modal', {
  attach: $('#modalDragOnTitle'),
  width: 200,
  title: 'jBox',
  overlay: false,
  content: 'Drag me around by using the title',
  draggable: 'title',
  repositionOnOpen: false,
  repositionOnContent: false

5. Global options.

// jBox ID
id: null,                    // Choose a unique id, otherwise jBox will set one for you (jBox1, jBox2, ...)

// Dimensions
width: 'auto',               // The width of the content area, e.g. 'auto', 200, '80%'
height: 'auto',              // The height of the content area
minWidth: null,              // Minimal width
minHeight: null,             // Minimal height
maxWidth: null,              // Maximal width
maxHeight: null,             // Maximal height

// Responsive dimensions
responsiveWidth: true,       // Adjusts the width to fit the viewport
responsiveHeight: true,      // Adjusts the height to fit the viewport
responsiveMinWidth: 100,     // Don't adjust width below this value (in pixel)
responsiveMinHeight: 100,    // Don't adjust height below this value (in pixel)

// Attach
attach: null,                // A jQuery selector to elements that will open and close your jBox, e.g. '.tooltip'
trigger: 'click',            // The event to open or close your jBox, use 'click', 'touchclick' or 'mouseenter'
preventDefault: false,       // Prevent the default event when opening jBox, e.g. don't follow the href in a link

// Content
content: null,               // You can use HTML or a jQuery element, e.g. jQuery('#jBox-content'). The elements will be appended to the content element and then made visible, so hide them with style="display: none" beforehand
getContent: null,            // Get the content from an attribute when jBox opens, e.g. getContent: 'data-content'. Use 'html' to get the attached elements HTML as content
title: null,                 // Adds a title to your jBox
getTitle: null,              // Get the title from an attribute when jBox opens, e.g. getTitle: 'data-title'
footer: null,                // Adds a footer to your jBox
isolateScroll: true,         // Isolates scrolling to the content container

ajax: {                      // Setting an URL will make an AJAX request when jBox opens. Optional you can add any jQuery AJAX option (
  url: null,                 // The URL to send the AJAX request to
  data: '',                  // Data to send with your AJAX request, e.g. {id: 82, limit: 10}
  reload: false,             // Resend the AJAX request when jBox opens. Use true to send the AJAX request only once for every attached element or 'strict' to resend every time jBox opens
  getURL: 'data-url',        // The attribute in the source element where the AJAX request will look for the URL, e.g. data-url=""
  getData: 'data-ajax',      // The attribute in the source element where the AJAX request will look for the data, e.g. data-ajax="id=82&limit=10"
  setContent: true,          // Automatically set the response as new content when the AJAX request is finished
  spinner: true,             // Hides the current content and adds a spinner while loading. You can pass HTML content to add your own spinner, e.g. spinner: '<div class="mySpinner"></div>'
  spinnerDelay: 300,         // Milliseconds to wait until spinner appears
  spinnerReposition: true    // Repositions jBox when the spinner is added or removed

// Position
target: null,                // The jQuery selector to the target element where jBox will be opened. If no element is found, jBox will use the attached element as target
position: {
  x: 'center',               // Horizontal position, use a number, 'left', 'right' or 'center'
  y: 'center'                // Vertical position, use a number, 'top', 'bottom' or 'center'
outside: null,               // Use 'x', 'y', or 'xy' to move your jBox outside of the target element
offset: 0,                   // Offset to final position, you can set different values for x and y with an object, e.g. {x: 20, y: 10}
attributes: {                // Note that attributes can only be 'left' or 'right' when using numbers for position, e.g. {x: 300, y: 20}
  x: 'left',                 // Horizontal position, use 'left' or 'right'
  y: 'top'                   // Vertical position, use 'top' or 'bottom'
fixed: false,                // Your jBox will stay on position when scrolling
adjustPosition: true,        // Adjusts your jBoxes position if there is not enough space, use 'flip', 'move' or true for both. This option overrides the reposition options
adjustTracker: false,        // By default jBox adjusts its position when it opens or when the window size changes, set to true to also adjust when scrolling
adjustDistance: 5,           // The minimal distance to the viewport edge while adjusting. Use an object to set different values, e.g. {top: 50, right: 5, bottom: 20, left: 5}
reposition: true,            // Calculates new position when the window-size changes
repositionOnOpen: true,      // Calculates new position each time jBox opens (rather than only when it opens the first time)
repositionOnContent: true,   // Calculates new position when the content changes with .setContent() or .setTitle()

// Pointer
pointer: false,              // Your pointer will always point towards the target element, so the option outside needs to be 'x' or 'y'. By default the pointer is centered, set a position to move it to any side. You can also add an offset, e.g. 'left:30' or 'center:-20'
pointTo: 'target',           // Setting something else than 'target' will add a pointer even if there is no target element set or found. Use 'top', 'right', 'bottom' or 'left'

// Animations
fade: 180,                   // Fade duration in ms, set to 0 or false to disable
animation: null,             // Animation when opening or closing, use 'pulse', 'zoomIn', 'zoomOut', 'move', 'slide', 'flip', 'tada' (CSS inspired from Daniel Edens Animate.css:

// Appearance
theme: 'Default',            // Set a jBox theme class
addClass: null,              // Adds classes to the wrapper
overlay: false,              // Adds an overlay to hide page content when jBox opens (adjust color and opacity with CSS)
zIndex: 10000,               // Use a high z-index

// Delays
delayOpen: 0,                // Delay opening in ms. Note that the delay will be ignored if your jBox didn't finish closing
delayClose: 0,               // Delay closing in ms. Nnote that there is always a closing delay of at least 10ms to ensure jBox won't be closed when opening right away

// Closing
closeOnEsc: false,           // Close jBox when pressing [esc] key
closeOnClick: false,         // Close jBox with mouseclick. Use true (click anywhere), 'box' (click on jBox itself), 'overlay' (click on the overlay), 'body' (click anywhere but jBox)
closeOnMouseleave: false,    // Close jBox when the mouse leaves the jBox area or the area of the attached element
closeButton: false,          // Adds a close button to your jBox. Use 'title', 'box', 'overlay' or true (true will add the button to the overlay, title or the jBox itself, in that order if any of those elements can be found)

// Other options
appendTo: jQuery('body'),    // The element your jBox will be appended to. Any other element than jQuery('body') is only useful for fixed positions or when position values are numbers
createOnInit: false,         // Creates jBox and makes it available in DOM when it's being initialized, otherwise it will be created when it opens for the first time
blockScroll: false,          // Blocks scrolling when jBox is open
draggable: false,            // Make your jBox draggable (use 'true', 'title' or provide an element as handle) (inspired from Chris Coyiers CSS-Tricks
dragOver: true,              // When you have multiple draggable jBoxes, the one you select will always move over the other ones
autoClose: false,            // Time in ms when jBox will close automatically after it was opened
delayOnHover: false,         // Delay auto-closing while mouse is hovered
showCountdown: false,        // Display a nice progress-indicator when autoClose is enabled

// Audio                     // You can use the integrated audio function whenever you'd like to play an audio file, e.g. onInit: function () {'url_to_audio_file_without_file_extension', 75); }
preloadAudio: true,          // Preloads the audio files set in option audio. You can also preload other audio files, e.g. ['src_to_file.mp3', 'src_to_file.ogg']
audio: null,                 // The URL to an audio file to play when jBox opens. Set the URL without file extension, jBox will look for an .mp3 and .ogg file. To play audio when jBox closes, use an object, e.g. {open: 'src_to_audio1', close: 'src_to_audio2'}
volume: 100,                 // The volume in percent. To have different volumes for opening and closeing, use an object, e.g. {open: 75, close: 100}

// Events                    // Note that you can use 'this' in all event functions, it refers to your jBox object (e.g. onInit: function () {; })
onInit: null,                // Fired when jBox is initialized
onAttach: null,              // Fired when jBox attached itself to elements, the attached element will be passed as a parameter, e.g. onAttach: function (element) { element.css({color: 'red'}); }
onPosition: null,            // Fired when jBox is positioned
onCreated: null,             // Fired when jBox is created and availible in DOM
onOpen: null,                // Fired when jBox opens
onClose: null,               // Fired when jBox closes
onCloseComplete: null        // Fired when jBox is completely closed (when fading is finished)

6. Default options for tooltips.

'Tooltip': {
getContent: 'title',
trigger: 'mouseenter',
position: {x: 'center', y: 'top'},
outside: 'y',
pointer: true,
adjustPosition: true,
reposition: true

// Default options for mouse tooltips
'Mouse': {
target: 'mouse',
position: {x: 'right', y: 'bottom'},
offset: 15,
trigger: 'mouseenter',
adjustPosition: 'flip'

7. Default options for modal windows.

'Modal': {
target: jQuery(window),
fixed: true,
blockScroll: true,
closeOnEsc: true,
closeOnClick: 'overlay',
closeButton: true,
overlay: true,
animation: 'zoomOut'

// Default options for modal confirm windows
'Confirm': {
target: jQuery(window),
fixed: true,
attach: jQuery('[data-confirm]'),
getContent: 'data-confirm',
content: 'Do you really want to do this?',
minWidth: 320,
maxWidth: 460,
blockScroll: true,
closeOnEsc: true,
closeOnClick: 'overlay',
closeButton: true,
overlay: true,
animation: 'zoomOut',
preventDefault: true,

8. Default options for notifications.

'Notice': {
target: jQuery(window),
fixed: true,
position: {x: 20, y: 20},
attributes: {x: 'right', y: 'top'},
animation: 'zoomIn',
closeOnClick: 'box',

8. Default options for images.

'Image': {
target: jQuery(window),
fixed: true,
blockScroll: true,
closeOnEsc: true,
closeOnClick: 'overlay',
closeButton: true,
overlay: true,
animation: 'zoomOut',
width: 800,
height: 533,
attach: jQuery('[data-jbox-image]'),
preventDefault: true,

Change logs:


  • Updated jBox.Image.js


  • Fix missing close button when closeButton = true and title (or getTitle) set


  • Added options: delayOnHover and showCountdown mainly targeted at notices, though probably functional for other types too.


  • Update jBox.js


  • Bugfixes and improvements for plugin Image


  • New theme TooltipError


  • JS update


  • v0.4.6: bugfix


  • JS update


  • Bugfix for draggable jBox


  • Update jBox.js


  • bugfix


  • Version 0.4.2


  • Improved positioning


  • Improvements jBox.Notice.js


  • bugfixes


  • Update jBox.js


  • Update jBox.js


  • Bug-fix


  • Update jBox.css


  • Update jBox.min.js


  • Update jBox.js


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