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Huge Updates to jQuery Infinite Carousel – Version 2 Released

Update: the latest version of the Infinite Carousel plugin can be found here.

As announced earlier, I’m happy to release version 2 of the jQuery Infinite Carousel plugin. What happened to versions 1.3-1.9 you ask? Well, since I overhauled the old plugin and added so many new features, it just seemed fitting to brand this release with a whole new version number. Heck I could’ve named it version Infinite Carousel, the “Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator” edition, but it seemed a bit wordy. Anyway, like it matters. All you want is the plugin right?

So What’s New?

Where to begin? Based on feedback from users, I’ve added more options than you can shake a stick at. Go on, get a stick. Shake. Can’t be done. There are so many new features that I was a bit worried that the plugin might suffer from option overload, but in the end I think what remained was not only useful but vital to the plugin.

In addition to the features in the previous version, I’ve added the ability to:

  • add easing as an option with separate left and right easing effects
  • specify the path to the navigation images as an option
  • specify how many images should be viewable at once
  • specify padding around images
  • specify how many images should advance when the user navigates using the previous and next controls as well as when the carousel is running automatically
  • hide navigation controls
  • auto hide navigation controls so that they appear only when the user moves their mouse over the carousel
  • auto hide captions so that they appear only when the user moves their mouse over the carousel
  • prevent the carousel from automatically starting
  • move the previous and next navigation control outside the carousel so that they don’t appear on top of any images
  • use keyboard navigation with the ability to disable it (left and right arrows for previous/next, p for pause, s for start)
  • access callback functions

The Most Basic Example

Download (contains the uncompressed and minified versions in the same zip file. The uncompressed plugin is about 18k while the minified version is about 9k)


To show off some of the things version 2 can do, I’ve created several demo pages for easy viewing. Each demo link will open in a new window. View the source code for a demo to see the options that were selected.

  1. A basic example with default settings
  2. Displaying and advancing more than one image at a time
  3. Displaying multiple images while advancing one at a time with easing effects
  4. Navigation outside the carousel with captions automatically hidden
  5. Thumbnails and navigation hidden. Keyboard navigation active
  6. Navigation automatically hidden with keyboard controls disabled. Also shows how to hint at the next and last images using CSS
  7. An example of callback functions
  8. An example of how easy it is to integrate with a lightbox plugin. Easing functions are also being used in this example
  9. An infinitely scrolling slideshow with no controls enabled

How to Use

With the exception of new options, the carousel works in the same way as previous versions. First, all of the images that you want to display should be the same size and wrapped in a containing element (I recommend a div) which must have an ID.  Note that by using CSS, you can style the container (carousel) div to have left and/or right padding so that you can display a small amount of the previous and/or next images (see demo #6 above). The carousel must be a list where each list item is the image and optionally a paragraph containing the caption. See this example.

<div id="carousel">
	<li><img alt="" src="p1.jpg" width="500" height="213" /><p>This carousel has no padding applied to it so you won't see hints for the previous and next images. Also, the progress bar could be disabled by setting just one option on the plugin.</p></li>
	<li><img alt="" src="p2.jpg" width="500" height="213" /><p>This is the caption for the second image. The height of the caption box is an option.</p></li>
	<li><img alt="" src="p3.jpg" width="500" height="213" /></li>
	<li><img alt="" src="p4.jpg" width="500" height="213" /><p>It's not easy being green.</p></li>
	<li><img alt="" src="p5.jpg" width="500" height="213" /></li>
	<li><img alt="" src="p6.jpg" width="500" height="213" /><p>You can easily mix images types. Gif, png, and jpeg all work without any issues.</p></li>

All images *MUST* have the width and height declared otherwise the plugin won’t work in Safari, Chrome, and any other webkit-based browsers. Also, all images should be the same size.  If you want to have a caption with an image, it *MUST* exist in a paragraph after the image.

To use the plugin you’ll need to have a copy of  jQuery, or point to jquery on Google, and the plugin. Place the files on your site and link to them:

<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery.infinitecarousel-2.0.0.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">

Finally, make sure that your CSS contains a rule for the width of the list within your container so that it’s set to a minimum of the combined widths of all your images. For example. #carousel ul {width:3000px}. In version 1.2 of the Infinite Carousel this isn’t necessary, however for anyone with JavaScript disabled, declaring the width in your style sheet can give them a simulated (albeit limited) carousel experience.

Be sure to check out the demos above!

Note that in this new version of the carousel, since the path to the navigation images is an option, you may need to specify the path to your installation if you aren’t using the path of “/js/infinitecarousel/images/” which is the plugin’s default path. More on the options below.

That’s it! You can apply the infinite carousel to any number of elements on a page.


The following options are configurable:

  • transitionSpeed – the time (in milliseconds) it will take to transition between two images (default 800)
  • displayTime – the time (in milliseconds) to display each image (default: 6000)
  • textholderHeight – the height of the caption. This is a fraction of the height of the images. (default: .25)
  • displayProgressBar – Boolean. Whether or not to display the progress bar (default: true)
  • displayThumbnails – Boolean. Whether or not to display the thumbnails for the carousel. (default:  true)
  • displayThumbnailNumbers – Boolean. Whether or not to automatically place numbers in the thumbnail boxes. (default: true)
  • displayThumbnailBackground – Boolean. Whether or not to use the corresponding image as the background for a thumbnail box. (default: true)
  • thumbnailWidth – the width of each thumbnail box. (default: ’20px’)
  • thumbnailHeight – the height of each thumbnail box. (default: ’20px’)\
  • thumbnailFontSize – the font size of the number within the thumbnail box. (default: .7em)
  • easeLeft – The type of easing to use when the carousel moves images to the left. Here you can use the jQuery easing plugin and specify any type of easing, or use jQuery’s built-in defaults of ‘linear’ or ‘swing’. (default:  ‘linear’)
  • easeRight- The type of easing to use when the carousel moves images to the right. Here you can use the jQuery easing plugin and specify any type of easing, or use jQuery’s built-in defaults of ‘linear’ or ‘swing’. (default:  ‘linear’)
  • imagePath – The path to the carousel’s navigation images (now sprites). (default: ‘/js/infinitecarousel/images/’)
  • inView – The number of images to display at once. (default: 1)
  • padding – The amount of padding to be applied around each image. (default:  ‘0px’)
  • advance – The number of images to be moved either automatically, or when the user moves images by using the navigation controls. (default: 1)
  • showControls – Boolean. Whether or not to display the navigation buttons for previous, next, play and pause. (default: true)
  • autoHideControls – Boolean. Whether or not to automatically hide the navigation controls. (default: false)
  • autoHideCaptions – Boolean. Whether or not to automatically hide the captions (if any). (default: false)
  • autoStart – Boolean. Whether or not to automatically begin the carousel. (default: true)
  • prevNextInternal – Boolean. Display the navigation on the inside of the carousel. If false, controls will be dispayed outside and next to the carousel. (default: true)
  • enableKeyboardNav – Boolean. Enable keyboard navigation (kind of obvious no?). The left and right arrows are used to move the images, while ‘p’ pauses the show and ‘s’ starts it. (default: true)
  • onSlideStart. A callback function triggered when the images begin to move
  • onSlideEnd. A callback function triggered when the images stop moving. An array of images being displayed is returned
  • onPauseClick. A callback function triggered when the carousel is paused

Options are added when calling the script:

	transitionSpeed : 2000,
	displayTime : 10000,
	textholderHeight : .25,
	displayProgressBar : false

Note that the CSS of the thumbnail div created by the plugin can be controlled by using a rule like #carousel + div {your CSS here}. The plus between the carousel id and the div specifically targets the thumbnail container.


Previous Version

I will continue to make the previous versions of the Infinite Carousel available until there seems to be no demand for them. To download them, click here.

220 thoughts on “Huge Updates to jQuery Infinite Carousel – Version 2 Released

  1. This is definitely one of the best carousel/sliders out there; generally, I love working with it. I do have one criticism tho: while it’s nice that you don’t have to implement a CSS file to get styling, the fact that all the CSS happens inline and no classes are assigned makes it difficult to do much custom styling for different states. Specifically, I wanted to change the way that the thumbnails looked and behaved, and my only choice (other than editing the plugin itself) was to do some jQ selection on inline CSS attributes to figure out which thumb was active, and inject a CSS class.

    Should you ever code an update to IC2, I would humbly request that you add some conditional action based classes to things for custom styling.

  2. Nice Carousel. My only problem til now is for customizing the thumbnails css.

    When I add the styles below, for instance, it doesn’t change the borders but changes the font weight and the colors of the text+backgrounds normally.

    #carousel + div .thumb {
    background-color: #FFF;
    color: #000;
    border: 1px solid #000;
    #carousel + div .thumb:hover {
    background-color: #000;
    color: #FFF;
    border: 1px solid #FFF;

    I didn’t find a rule for the active thumbnail. Could you give us some practical example of how customize it?


  3. Hi,
    Is it possible to scale the image in the thumb so that you see the whole picture instead of the the part of the top left corner?


    1. I was able to get this work, for anyone interested. It’s not elegant, but served my purposes.

      -on lines 179 and 188, change:

      -then rename your thumbnails to the same as your large image plus .jpg. For example, car.jpg becomes car.jpg.jpg. If you’re using a different extension, then obviously change that.

      -The last step is to match your thumbnail size to the size listed in the scripts general settings.

      Apologies to the author for mutilating your nice code. ;) (but it works!)

  4. How would you center the thumbnail carousel below the main carousel images. For example I have a 700px wide rotating banner. I would like to center the thumbnail carousel directly below the main image rather than it defaulting bottom left as it is now.

    Help/Thoughts appreciated.

  5. Hi im using the carousel and it doesnt seem to work when only one image is in the specified directory. You may wonder why i need this if im only displaying one image, well the images a user uploaded and thus a user may only upload one, so hence is there a bug fix?

    1. A carousel of one image really isn’t a carousel is it? This carousel isn’t intended to work with a single image so I’d suggest not loading the carousel if there’s only one image to work with. I wouldn’t call this a bug either.

      1. thanks great plugin by the way, im sorry if i came off as a bit ignorant. Not very skilled with jquery. So do you know any ways i can keep consistency with the carousel, i.e. hiding captions etc.

  6. Hi,

    This is a great plugin. Really easy to implement.
    My javascript knowledge is very basic, so I was just wondering how difficult it would be to get the captions to slide left or right with the thumbnails and whether I would be able to implement such a thing with a little instruction?

    Thanks again


  7. Hello,
    I have problem with textholder background color. Is there any way to change whole text background? Not only p background at the best. I need not transparent color. Thank you.

    1. Olá Tomas,
      Eu mudei no arquivo “infinitecarousseu.js” (not jquery file), a linha:


      O padrão é: backgroundColor’:’#FFF
      Mas pode alterar para, exemplo: backgroundColor’:’#000 <– é a cor black
      Ou outra cor no padrão web

    1. Here the Left captions means the Left and right arrows to scroll images ,
      i want this both every particular images

  8. This is a great slider and looks beautiful too! Just wondering if it is possible to have multiple rows of images on show at any time? I would like to use this to showcase my portfolio.
    Many thanks! :)

  9. working on a website and use ur infinite carousel plug in…version2, i discover that description text is transparent…and i want to increase its opacity… how do i do that?

  10. Using the jquery infinite carousel 2, is there a way to display the captions for images below the images and still have the caption stay with the appropirate image when any movement occurds?

  11. Hi the plugin you prepared is absolutely gr8. But i need little bit help, i have used your plugin. Same time i am using a mega menu. But it creates problem to your plug in. As when i run the page the image go straight vertical and nothing happens. So can you provide me the solution for this. I am using it on live web site so plz guide me what i need urgent help…
    Thanks in advance…

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