Auto Add Table Of Contents To Long Document Using jQuery

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Auto Add Table Of Contents To Long Document Using jQuery

A simple and small jQuery script that dynamically generates a table of contents to easily and quickly navigate between sections within the long document.

The script automatically generates a list based navigation that exacts the headings and builds anchors & IDs from a given heading element.

Clicking the anchor links will smoothly scroll through the page sections using the jQuery animate() method.

How to use it:

1. Split your long post/article to several sections using a heading element.

<h3>Section One</h3>
<p>Content One</p>

<h3>Section Two</h3>
<p>Content Two</p>

<h3>Section Three</h3>
<p>Content Three</p>


2. Include the latest version of jQuery library on the page.

<script src="" 

3. The main jQuery script to generate the table of contents.

var toc = $('<ul></ul>').addClass("toc");
var el, title, link;

$("article h3").each(function() {

  // Prepare the heading to become a link. Remove any special characters, replace spaces with dashes, change to lowercase
  var hyphenated = $(this).text().replace(/[^a-zA-Z0-9 ]/g, '')

  // Convert the heading to its link version
  $(this).attr('id', hyphenated);

  // Create variables for text and link version
  el = $(this);
  title = el.text();
  link = "#" + el.attr("id");

  // Create a list item using the text and link
  newLine =
  "<li>" + "<a href='" + link + "'>" + title + "</a>" + "</li>";

  // Add list item to table of contents


// Add heading to table of contents section
toc.prepend('<h4>Table Of Contents:</h4>');

4. Enable the smooth scroll functionality on the table of contents.

toc.find('a').on('click', function () {
  var $el = $(this)
    , id = $el.attr('href');

  $('html, body').animate({
    scrollTop: $(id).offset().top
  }, 500);

  return false;

5. Apply your own styles to the table of content.

.toc {
  padding: 1em;
  border-radius: 10px;
  background-color: rgba(255, 233, 138, 0.15);

.toc h4 {
  font-size: 18px;
  font-weight: 700;
  margin-bottom: 1em;
  text-transform: uppercase;
  color: rgba(255,132,132, 0.5);

.toc li {
  padding-left: 1em;
  margin-left: 1.25em;

.toc li a {
  text-decoration: none;
  color: #4a4a4a;

.toc li:hover,
.toc li:hover a {
  color: orange;

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