JQuery and amd compatible plugin to create a parallax effect as seen at

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bower install Parallax-ImageScroll


Parallax ImageScroll - jQuery plugin

JQuery and amd compatible plugin to create a parallax effect with images. Heavily inspired by the website.

The plugin is really simple to use with some options to tweek. It makes use of css3 transform for animation where supported and falls back to top and left positioning for ancient browsers.

Check out the live demo. (No parallax effect and smaller image sizes for touch devices, see Touch section for details.)


Markup can consist of as many image elements as you want, but you should separate them with a content block, e.g. a section.

<div class="img-holder" data-image="anImage.jpg"></div>
<section><p>Content that "slides" on top of the images</p></section>
<div class="img-holder" data-image="anotherImage.jpg">[optional content to be displayed on top of the images]</div>

You can set parameters using html5 data attributes or with javascript, see options section for details.


To initialize the plugin, call the imageScroll method on your image elements



The plugin is AMD compatible. To use with e.g. RequireJS, you can do this. See demo files for example.

require(['jquery.imageScroll'], function (ImageScroll) {
    $('.img-holder').each(function () {
        new ImageScroll(this);


You can configure the default options, by passing an option object to the plugin

    coverRatio: 0.5

or set the options via data attributes, data-optionname (available options: image, width (mediaWidth), height (mediaHeight), cover-ratio (coverRatio), min-height (holderMinHeight), max-height (holderMaxHeight), extra-height (extraHeight)

<div class="img-holder" data-image="anImage.jpg" data-cover-ratio="0.5"></div>

or set the options globally

$.fn.imageScroll.defaults.coverRatio = 0.5;
ImageScroll.defaults.coverRatio = 0.5;

Configurable options:

  • image: null : The image to show (best to set this option via data attr (data-img)
  • imageAttribute: 'image': The data attribute name for images. Uses the value of this attribute to load the image
  • container: $('body') The element to which the parallax image(s) will be attached to
  • windowObject: $(window) The window object which listens to scroll and resize events
  • speed: 0.2 The speed of the parallax effect. A floating number between 0 and 1, where a higher number will move the images faster upwards
  • coverRatio: 0.75 //75% How many percent of the screen each image should cover
  • holderClass: 'imageHolder' Class added to the image holder(s)
  • imgClass: 'img-holder-img' Class added to the image
  • holderMinHeight: 200 The minimum height of the image in pixels
  • holderMaxHeight: null The maximum height of the image in pixels
  • extraHeight: 0 Extra height added to the image. Can be useful if you want to show more of the top image
  • mediaWidth: 1600 The original width of the image
  • mediaHeight: 900 The original height of the image
  • parallax: true Whether or not you want the parallax effect, e.g. does not work very well in ancient browsers
  • touch: false Presents a mobile/tablet friendy version, no parallax effect and smaller images (should be used with a mobile/tablet optimized images)

Public methods:

  • disable()
  • enable()
  • refresh()
  • destroy()

You can call them on individual- or all the instances.

//Call method refresh on all the instances of the plugin
var instances = $('.img-holder');

//E.g. Call method refresh on the first image
//Alternative 1:
var instances = $('.img-holder');
var instance = $(instances.get(0));

//Alternative 2:
var instances = $('.img-holder');
var instance = $(instances.get(0)).data('plugin_imageScroll');


The effect is not very smooth on a touch device. You could therefore present the user with a fallback version, which displays the images with no parallax effect. You can do so by checking for touch (e.g. with Modernizr, external lib) and set dynamic options to adjust to this.

var touch = Modernizr.touch;
    imageAttribute: (touch === true) ? 'image-mobile' : 'image',
    touch: touch


Install using bower

bower install Parallax-ImageScroll

Install using npm

npm install parallax-imagescroll


jQuery version 1.8.0 or higher


If you add content on top of the parallaxed image, make sure to apply a higher z-depth for the content (applies for browsers that support 3d transforms). Example:

<div class="img-holder" data-image="anotherImage.jpg"><p style="-webkit-transform: translateZ(1px)">Hello world!</p></div>


Does not work very well on mobile or IE <= 9. You can then present a fallback solution by disabling parallax for ancient desktop browser (set parallax option to false) and present touch optimized images for touch devices (set touch option to true).


MIT licensed