jQuery Plugin For Sidebar Sliding Menu - Slidemenu

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jQuery Plugin For Sidebar Sliding Menu - Slidemenu

Slidemenu is a jQuery plugin to create a sidebar navigation that slides out an off-canvas menu panel with smooth transitions when toggled.

How to use it:

1. Include jQuery library together with the slidemenu.css and jquery.slidemenu.js in your html page.

<link href="slidemenu.css" rel="stylesheet">

<script src="jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="jquery.slidemenu.js"></script>

2. Include the Font Awesome Iconic Font for menu icons (Optional).

<link href="font-awesome.min.css" rel="stylesheet">

3. Create a sidebar navigation with menu panels following the markup structure as shown below:

<div class="slide-menu">
  <ul class="menu-items">
    <li class="menu-item" data-target="#Panel1" title="Panel 1">
      <div class="menu-icon"> <i class="fa fa-book"></i> </div>
      <div class="menu-content"> <span>Panel 1</span> </div>
      <div class="menu-close"> <i class="fa fa-times"></i> </div>
    <li id="CalendarIcon" class="menu-item" data-target="#Panel2" title="Panel 2">
      <div class="menu-icon"> <i class="fa fa-calendar"></i> </div>
      <div class="menu-content"> <span>Panel 2</span> </div>
      <div class="menu-close"> <i class="fa fa-times"></i> </div>
    <li id="ShoppingIcon" class="menu-item" data-target="#Panel3" title="Panel 3">
      <div class="menu-icon"> <i class="fa fa-folder-open"></i> </div>
      <div class="menu-content"> <span>Panel 3</span> </div>
      <div class="menu-close"> <i class="fa fa-times"></i> </div>
    <li id="SearchIcon" class="menu-item" data-target="#Panel4" title="Panel 4">
      <div class="menu-icon"> <i class="fa fa-search"></i> </div>
      <div class="menu-content"> <span>Panel 4</span> </div>
      <div class="menu-close"> <i class="fa fa-times"></i> </div>
    <li id="BugIcon" class="menu-item" data-target="#Panel5" title="Panel 5">
      <div class="menu-icon"> <i class="fa fa-bug"></i> </div>
      <div class="menu-content"> <span>Panel 5</span> </div>
      <div class="menu-close"> <i class="fa fa-times"></i> </div>
  <div class="menu-panels">
    <div id="Panel1" class="menu-panel">
      <h1>Panel 1 Contents</h1>
    <div id="Panel2" class="menu-panel">
      <h1>Panel 2 Contents</h1>
    <div id="Panel3" class="menu-panel">
      <h1>Panel 3 Contents</h1>
    <div id="Panel4" class="menu-panel">
      <h1>Panel 4 Contents</h1>
    <div id="Panel5" class="menu-panel">
      <h1>Panel 5 Contents</h1>

4. Initialize the plugin and done.

$(function() {

5. By default the sidebar navigation will stay on the right hand side of your browser window. To make it stay on the left side instead, just add the class 'left-side' to the parent container.

<div class="slide-menu left-side">

6. The menu panel slides down by default. You can change the slide direction to horizontal by adding the 'horizontal-open' class to the parent container.

<div class="slide-menu horizontal-open">

7. Full plugin options.

// right of left

// vertical or horizontal

// the width of the navigation icons

// the width of the menu panels

// adpative width


// enable the plugin

// show the menu panels on initial

// set the top value of the navigation

// set the bottom value of the navigation

7. Public methods.

  • show: The show method animates the movement of the menu back onto the screen if the menu isn't currently visible on the page.
  • hide: The hide method animates the movement of the menu off the screen if the menu is currently visible on the page.
  • open: The open method shows a menu. It accepts a target argument which is the id of the menu panel you wish to open.
  • close: The close method closes the current open menu.
  • addTab: The addTab method adds menus to the slidemenu. The second argument contains an object with two properties "tab" and "content".
  • removeTab: Removes a tab based on the id of the panel provided.
  • hideTab: Hides a menu item.
  • showTab: Shows a menu item.
  • changePosition: Moves a menu item to a new position in the menu. It accepts an object containing two properties "target" and "position". The position is based on the nth-child selector so it's 1 indexed.
  • reorder: This rearranges the menu items to their appropriate locations.
  • isOpen: Returns a boolean representing whether the menu is open or not.

8. Events.

  • slidemenu.opened: This event is fired when the menu has opened.
  • slidemenu.closed: This event is fired when the menu has closed.
  • slidemenu.beforeOpen: This event is fired before the menu opens.
  • slidemenu.beforeClose: This event is fired before the menu closes.

Change log:


  • v0.1.2

This awesome jQuery plugin is developed by fissionman924. For more Advanced Usages, please check the demo page or visit the official website.