Isotope: An exquisite jQuery plugin for magical layouts
- Layout modes: Intelligent, dynamic layouts that can’t be achieved with CSS alone.
- Filtering: Hide and reveal item elements easily with jQuery selectors.
- Sorting: Re-order item elements with sorting. Sorting data can be extracted from just about anything.
- Interoperability: features can be utilized together for a cohesive experience.
Isotope may be used in commercial projects and applications with the one-time purchase of a commercial license. Read more about Isotope commercial licensing.
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Isotope requires jQuery 1.4.3 and greater.
Isotope works on a container element with a group of similar child items.
See Demo: Basic
There are a number of options you can specify. Within the options is where you can set the layout mode, filter items, and sort items.
Additionally you can specify a callback after the options object. This function will be triggered after the animation has completed.
Within this callback
this refers to the container, and
$items refers to the item elements. Both of these are jQuery objects and do not need to be put in jQuery wrappers.
Add these styles to your CSS for filtering, animation with CSS transitions, and adding items.
This project lives on GitHub at github.com/desandro/isotope. There you can grab the latest code and follow development.
A word about moderation
Isotope enables a wealth of functionality. But just because you can take advantage of its numerous features together, doesn’t mean you necessarily should. For each each feature you implement with Isotope, consider the benefit gained by users, at the cost of another level of complexity to your interface.
- “Cowboy” Ben Alman for jQuery BBQ (included with docs)
- Louis-Rémi Babé for jQuery smartresize (used within Isotope) and for jQuery transform which clued me in to using jQuery 1.4.3’s CSS hooks
- Jacek Galanciak for jQuery Quicksand, an early kernel of inspiration
- Ralph Holzmann for re-writing the jQuery Plugins/Authoring tutorial and opened my eyes to Plugin Methods pattern
- Eric Hynds for his article Using $.widget.bridge Outside of the Widget Factory which provided the architecture for Isotope
- Paul Irish for Infinite Scroll (included with docs), the imagesLoaded plugin (included with Isotope), and Debounced resize() plugin (provided base for smartresize)
- The jQuery UI Team for $.widget.bridge (partially used within Isotope)
- The Modernizr team for Modernizr (partially used within Isotope)
- Juriy Zaytsev aka “kangax” for getStyleProperty (used within Isotope)