Toggles is a lightweight jQuery plugin that creates easily-styleable toggle buttons.

Usage no npm install needed!

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jQuery Toggles

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Want to create easy toggle buttons that you can click, drag, animate, use to toggle checkboxes and more? Yeah.

Examples can be seen here.


Step 1: Include it in your page

Include the CSS at the start:

    <title>My cool page</title>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/toggles.css">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/toggles-modern.css">
    <!-- ALL OF THE THEMES -->
    <!-- <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/toggles-all.css"> -->
    <!-- <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/toggles-full.css"> -->

And the JS at the end:

    <script src="js/toggles.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <!-- MINIFIED JS - recommended for production -->
    <!-- <script src="js/toggles.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script> -->

Step 2: Create your element

You need to specify the class for the specific theme you want to use. In this case we are using toggle-modern. The toggle class is simply what we will use as our selector to initialize it.

<div class="toggle toggle-modern">

The themes we could have used are:

  • soft
  • light
  • dark
  • iphone
  • modern

Of course, you can write your own themes/tweak the styling.

Step 3: Initialize!

Now we just need to initialize the element we made to make it toggleable!

// Simplest way:

// With options (defaults shown below)
  drag: true, // allow dragging the toggle between positions
  click: true, // allow clicking on the toggle
  text: {
    on: 'ON', // text for the ON position
    off: 'OFF' // and off
  on: true, // is the toggle ON on init
  animate: 250, // animation time (ms)
  easing: 'swing', // animation transition easing function
  checkbox: null, // the checkbox to toggle (for use in forms)
  clicker: null, // element that can be clicked on to toggle. removes binding from the toggle itself (use nesting)
  width: 50, // width used if not set in css
  height: 20, // height if not set in css
  type: 'compact' // if this is set to 'select' then the select style toggle will be used

// Getting notified of changes, and the new state:
$('.toggle').on('toggle', function(e, active) {
  if (active) {
    console.log('Toggle is now ON!');
  } else {
    console.log('Toggle is now OFF!');

Advanced Usage

Setting toggle states

// initiate a new Toggles class
  on: true

// the underlying Toggles class can be accessed
var myToggle = $('.toggles').data('toggles');

console.log(myToggle.active); // true
console.log(myToggle.active); // false

// set the state to 'false'
// will not do anything if the state is already false
console.log(myToggle.active); // false

// passing a boolean in place of options on an active toggle element
// will set the state
console.log(myToggle.active); // true

// the toggle-active data attribute stores the state too
console.log($('.toggles').data('toggle-active')); // true

// myToggle.toggle(state, noAnimate, noEvent)

// don't animate the change
myToggle.toggle(false, true);

// change the state without triggering an event
myToggle.toggle(true, false, true);

Using data-toggle-* attributes on the element

Any of the following options can be set using data-toggle attributes: on, drag, click, width, height, animate, easing, type, checkbox

<div class="toggles" data-toggle-on="true" data-toggle-height="20" data-toggle-width="60"></div>

Disabling user interaction

It can be useful to disable the toggle to stop users from changing the state. Set the disabled attribute on the toggle element to do this. Alternatively, you could use CSS to set pointer-events: none

// your toggle element
var toggle = $('.toggle');

// initialise it

// disable the toggle element (click + drag will no longer work)
toggle.toggleClass('disabled', true);

// setting the state via JS is NOT disabled, only user input
// toggle the toggle on

// re-enable the toggle
toggle.toggleClass('disabled', false);


Make your JavaScript edits to js/Toggles.js. Any styling edits should be made to the relevent files in the less folder. JS edits must be compatible with Closure Compiler advanced optimisations - if you aren't able to code in this style then I'll happily tweak any pull requests/help out.

To build the files for release, run make. Again, if you struggle then I'll be able to build the files for you. (Note: use node v5)