15 jQuery Carousel Plugins

A common challenge during a web design project involves finding a way to display the relevant content in an attractive and usable manner. Carousels are often used for displaying images, text, and sometimes videos. If you’d prefer to save some time during the coding of the site you can use an existing jQuery plugin to create your carousel.

There are a lot of good scripts and plugins available, and in this article we’ll highlight 15 of them. Most of them are available for free download, but some of them are premium and must be purchased. Each comes with different features and options for customization. Hopefully you will find one that will be right for your next project.

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iCarousel

iCarousel
iCarousel is a premium option (cost is $8 for a regular license) that supports touch gestures. It is highly flexible and customizable to allow you to create something unique. Both 2D and 3D options are available.

Boutique Carousel

Boutique Carousel

Boutique is a premium option (cost is $8 for a regular license) for a unique customizable jQuery image slider with perspective and smooth interactions. There are plenty of options to customize, and you can style it with CSS to suit your own needs. Features included unlimited scrolling, unlimited number of images, 14 example styles, fluid width for responsive layouts, lightbox support, and plenty of options.

Showbiz Business Carousel jQuery Plugin

Showbiz Business Carousel jQuery Plugin

CarouFredSel

CarouFredSel

CarouFredSel is a free plugin that turns any kind of HTML element into a carousel. It can scroll one or multiple items simultaneously, horizontal or vertical, infinite and circular, automatically or by user interaction. With CarouFredSel you can easily create responsive carousels for your own web design projects. It includes features like 9 built in effects, support for CSS3 transitions, and more.

Tiny Carousel

Tiny Carousel

Tiny Carousel is a free and lightweight option. It is an excellent starting point that allows you to customize the look of the carousel. With Tiny Carousel you can create horizontal or vertical slides. It supports navigation by button or paging. There are also a number of options in relation to the transitions, and Tiny Carousel can be easily customized.

jCoverflip

jCoverflip

jCoverflip is a free carousel plugin. You can control the number of items, colors, fonts, and styles through CSS. You can display images and content associated with those images. For Drupal users, jCoverflip can also be run as a Drupal module.

Elastislide

Elastislide

Elastislide is a responsive image carousel that can be used vertically or horizontally. You can set a minimim number of images to be shown, and it can also be used in an image gallery. Like most other carousels, it also includes a few options for transitions.

Responsive Image Gallery with Thumbnail Carousel

Responsive Image Gallery with Thumbnail Carousel

The Responsive Image Gallery with Thumbnail Carousel is a part of a tutorial that goes through the process of creating it. You can download the source code to use it in your own work.

Circular Content Carousel with jQuery

Circular Content Carousel with jQuery

The Circular Content Carousel with jQuery is a free plugin that slides infinitely (circular). Each item includes a “more” link and when clicking on that link expanded information on the item is displayed.

Cloud Carousel

Cloud Carousel

Cloud Carousel is a free option with 3D effects. The images rotate in a circular fashion with realistic perspective and reflections are also shown.

jQuery Banner Rotator/Content Slider/Carousel

jQuery Banner Rotator/Content Slider/Carousel

This is a premium option (cost is $10 for a regular license) that includes a banner rotator, thumbnails banner, banner with playlist, content slider, in addition to the carousel. It includes touchscreen navigation support and is responsive.

jQuery Carousel Evolution

jQuery Carousel Evolution

This is another premium option (cost is $4 for a regular license) that supports both images and video. You can create up to 9 different styles of carousels, optional text descriptions, support for an unlimited number of images, and it offers a lot of customization options.

Roundabout

Roundabout

Roundabout is a free jQuery plugin that easily converts unordered lists & other nested HTML structures into entertaining, interactive, turntable-like areas. It can be used to display text or images, can include a clock, can use 3D CSS effects, and is highly customizable.

Showbiz is a premium option (cost is $8 for a regular license) to show services, portfolio items, blog contents… basically all business information thinkable. It is highly customizable, making it a good starting point.

Barousel

Barousel

Barousel is a free jQuery plugin to easily generate simple carousels where each slide is defined by an image, plus any type of related content. It includes a number of options for customization, including slide duration, navigation type, content resize, and more.

jQuery Liquid Carousel Plugin

jQuery Liquid Carousel Plugin

Liquid carousel is a free jQuery plugin intended for liquid designs. Every time the container of the carousel gets resized, the number of items in the list change to fit the new width. It includes options like height, speed of the animation, and navigation arrows.

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Published May 27th, 2013 by

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  • Leigh Jeffery, May 28, 2013

    Oh! thanks! I was just looking for a carousel yesterday and used something i wasn’t happy with. Loving these options:)

  • Cole Evans, May 29, 2013

    That boutique carousel looks great, thanks for sharing these !

  • Marco, May 29, 2013

    ..and also bxslider could be a good solution

  • Caleb, May 31, 2013

    I like CarouFredSel for it’s built in Touch and Swipe functionality.

    Im not sure if it’s from the same author from the one listed above, but here’s a free copy of Jcarousel:
    http://sorgalla.com/projects/jcarousel/

    This version is very simple to implement. It’s not mobile responsive though.

  • mprotect, June 6, 2013

    I am glad. I have found what I need.

  • Willy, June 28, 2013

    Thank you, great collection…

    I also found this one very useful online slideshow creator and it’s totally free:
    http://www.comslider.com

    it also support great effects (e.g. kenburns, flipp, explode, …)

  • Dan Jones Web Designer, July 11, 2013

    Got to say mate, that is some list. I often spend a lot of time looking for one like that “jQuery Banner Rotator/Content Slider/Carousel” Also noticed a lot of local agency’s use tinycarousel
    THanks!

  • Noel, September 11, 2013

    Another one to consider is FilmRoll:

    http://straydogstudio.github.io/film_roll/

    I couldn’t find a plugin that did exactly what I wanted, so I wrote a one.