Google App Launcher Style Dropdown Plugin with jQuery and CSS3

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Google App Launcher Style Dropdown Plugin with jQuery and CSS3

A toggleable and scrollable drop down interface which allows you to quickly launch your favorite apps, inspired by Google App launcher and built with jQuery & CSS3.

How to use it:

1. Load the Font Awesome 4 in the head section of your page (Optional. Just for App icons).

<link href="//" rel="stylesheet">

2. Create a scrollable dropdown with a toggle button that includes some popular App icons.

<div class="launcher">
  <div class="button"> <i class="fa fa-th fa-2x"></i> </div>
  <div class="app-launcher">
    <div class="apps">
      <ul class="first-set">
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-google-plus-square fa-4x"> </i></a></li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-facebook-square fa-4x"> </i></a> </li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-twitter-square fa-4x"> </i></a> </li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-youtube-square fa-4x"> </i></a> </li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-skype fa-4x"></i></a> </li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-windows fa-4x"></i></a> </li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-linkedin fa-4x"></i></a> </li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-apple fa-4x"></i></a> </li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-android fa-4x"></i></a> </li>
      <a href="#" class="more">More</a>
      <ul class="second-set hide">
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-dribbble fa-4x"></i></a> </li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-html5 fa-4x"></i></a> </li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-linux fa-4x"></i></a> </li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-css3 fa-4x"></i></a> </li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-github fa-4x"></i></a> </li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-pinterest fa-4x"></i></a> </li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-tumblr-square fa-4x"></i></a> </li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-dropbox fa-4x"></i></a> </li>
        <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-instagram fa-4x"></i></a> </li>

3. Style the dropdown in the your CSS.

.launcher {
  position: relative;
  text-align: center;
  color: white;

.app-launcher {
  position: absolute;
  left: 84px;
  top: 40px;

.app-launcher::before {
  content: '';
  border-left: 10px solid transparent;
  border-right: 10px solid transparent;
  border-bottom: 10px solid white;
  position: absolute;
  top: -9px;
  left: 50%;
  margin-left: -5px;
  z-index: 1;

.apps {
  position: relative;
  border: 1px solid #ccc;
  border-color: rgba(0,0,0,.2);
  box-shadow: 0 2px 10px rgba(0,0,0,.2);
  -webkit-transition: height .2s ease-in-out;
  transition: height .2s ease-in-out;
  min-height: 196px;
  overflow-y: auto;
  overflow-x: hidden;
  width: 320px;
  height: 396px;
  margin-bottom: 30px;

.launcher .button {
  cursor: pointer;
  width: 32px;
  margin: 0 auto;

.hide { display: none; }

.apps ul {
  background: #fff;
  margin: 0;
  padding: 28px;
  width: 264px;
  overflow: hidden;
  list-style: none;

.apps ul li {
  float: left;
  height: 64px;
  width: 88px;
  color: black;
  padding: 18px 0;
  text-align: center;

.apps .more {
  line-height: 40px;
  text-align: center;
  display: block;
  width: 320px;
  background: #f5f5f5;
  cursor: pointer;
  height: 40px;
  overflow: hidden;
  position: absolute;
  text-decoration: none;
  color: #282828;

.apps.overflow .more {
  border-bottom: 1px solid #ebebeb;
  left: 28px;
  width: 264px;
  height: 0;
  cursor: default;
  height: 0;
  outline: none;

.fa-facebook-square { color: #3b5998; }

.fa-twitter-square { color: #00aced; }

.fa-google-plus-square { color: #dd4b39; }

.fa-youtube-square { color: #bb0000; }

.fa-linkedin { color: #007bb6; }

.fa-instagram { color: #517fa4; }

.fa-pinterest { color: #cb2027; }

.fa-tumblr-square { color: #32506d; }

.fa-skype { color: #009EE5; }

.fa-android { color: #99CC00; }

.fa-dribbble { color: #C35D9C; }

.fa-html5 { color: #F65B1F; }

.fa-css3 { color: #0070BA; }

.fa-dropbox { color: #65B1ED; }

.fa-windows { color: #1DAAE2; }

.fa-linux { color: #DD4814; }

.fa-apple { color: #403F3F; }

::-webkit-scrollbar-thumb {
 background-clip: padding-box;
 background-color: rgba(0,0,0,.3);
 border: 5px solid transparent;
 border-radius: 10px;
 min-height: 20px;
 min-width: 20px;
 height: 5px;
 width: 5px;

::-webkit-scrollbar {
 height: 15px;
 width: 15px;
 background: white;

::-webkit-scrollbar-button {
 height: 0;
 width: 0;

4. Include the latest version of jQuery library at the bottom of your webpage.

<script src=""></script> 

5. The Javascript to enable the droddown App launcher.


var scroll = false;
var launcherMaxHeight = 396;
var launcherMinHeight = 296;

// Mousewheel event handler to detect whether user has scrolled over the container
$('.apps').bind('mousewheel', function(e){
if(e.originalEvent.wheelDelta /120 > 0) {
// Scrolling up
// Scrolling down
$('.apps').css({height: launcherMinHeight}).addClass('overflow');
scroll =true; 

// Scroll event to detect that scrollbar reached top of the container
var pos=$(this).scrollTop();
if(pos == 0){
scroll =false;
$('.apps').css({height: launcherMaxHeight}).removeClass('overflow');

// Click event handler to show more apps
$('.apps .more').click(function(){
$(".apps").animate({ scrollTop: $('.apps')[0].scrollHeight}).css({height: 296}).addClass('overflow');

// Click event handler to toggle dropdown

$(document).click(function() {
//Hide the launcher if visible

// Prevent hiding on click inside app launcher


// Resize event handler to maintain the max-height of the app launcher
$('.apps').css({maxHeight: $(window).height() - $('.apps').offset().top});

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