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Mobile-friendly Javascript library (with Typescript bindings) for dashboard layout and creation. Making a drag-and-drop, multi-column responsive dashboard has never been easier. Allows you to build draggable, responsive bootstrap v4-friendly layouts. It also has multiple bindings and works great with React, Angular, Knockout.js, Ember and others. Includes Typescript defines.

Inspired by no-longer maintained gridster, built with love.

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Demo and examples

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  • Using yarn / npm:

NPM version

yarn add gridstack
npm install --save gridstack


after you install:

import 'gridstack/dist/gridstack.all.js';
import 'gridstack/dist/gridstack.css';
  • alternatively in html
<link rel="stylesheet" href="node_modules/gridstack/dist/gridstack.min.css" />
<script src="node_modules/gridstack/dist/gridstack.all.js"></script>
  • or using CDN (minimized):
<link rel="stylesheet" href="" />
<script src=""></script>

if you need to debug, look at the git demo/ examples for non min includes.

Basic usage

creating items dynamically...

<style type="text/css">
  .grid-stack { background: #FAFAD2; }
  .grid-stack-item-content { background-color: #18bc9c; }
<div class="grid-stack"></div>
<script type="text/javascript">
  var grid = GridStack.init();
  grid.addWidget('<div><div class="grid-stack-item-content">Item 1</div></div>', {width: 2});

... or DOM created items

<style type="text/css">
  .grid-stack { background: #FAFAD2; }
  .grid-stack-item-content { background-color: #18bc9c; }
<div class="grid-stack">
  <div class="grid-stack-item">
    <div class="grid-stack-item-content">Item 1</div>
  <div class="grid-stack-item" data-gs-width="2">
    <div class="grid-stack-item-content">Item 2 wider</div>
<script type="text/javascript">

see jsfiddle sample as running example too.


Gridstack no longer requires external dependencies as of v1.0.0 (lodash was removed in v0.5.0 and jquery API in v1.0.0). All you need to include is gridstack.all.js and gridstack.css (layouts are done using CSS column based %).

API Documentation

Documentation can be found here.

Extend Library

You can easily extend or patch gridstack with code like this:

// extend gridstack with our own custom method
GridStack.prototype.printCount = function() {
  console.log('grid has ' + this.engine.nodes.length + ' items');
var grid = GridStack.init();
// you can now call

gridstack.js for specific frameworks

search for 'gridstack' under NPM for latest, more to come...

Change grid columns

GridStack makes it very easy if you need [1-12] columns out of the box (default is 12), but you always need 2 things if you need to customize this:

  1. Change the column grid option when creating a grid to your number N
GridStack.init( {column: N} );
  1. include gridstack-extra.css if N < 12 (else custom CSS - see next). Without these, things will not render/work correctly.
<link rel="stylesheet" href=""/>
<div class="grid-stack grid-stack-N">...</div>

Note: we added grid-stack-N class and gridstack-extra.css which defines CSS for grids with custom [1-12] columns. Anything more and you'll need to generate the SASS/CSS yourself (see next).

See example: 2 grids demo with 6 columns

Custom columns CSS

If you need > 12 columns or want to generate the CSS manually you will need to generate CSS rules for .grid-stack-item[data-gs-width="X"] and .grid-stack-item[data-gs-x="X"].

For instance for 3-column grid you need to rewrite CSS to be:

.grid-stack-item[data-gs-width="3"]  { width: 100% }
.grid-stack-item[data-gs-width="2"]  { width: 66.66666667% }
.grid-stack-item[data-gs-width="1"]  { width: 33.33333333% }
.grid-stack-item[data-gs-x="2"]  { left: 66.66666667% }
.grid-stack-item[data-gs-x="1"]  { left: 33.33333333% }

For 4-column grid it should be:

.grid-stack-item[data-gs-width="4"]  { width: 100% }
.grid-stack-item[data-gs-width="3"]  { width: 75% }
.grid-stack-item[data-gs-width="2"]  { width: 50% }
.grid-stack-item[data-gs-width="1"]  { width: 25% }
.grid-stack-item[data-gs-x="3"]  { left: 75% }
.grid-stack-item[data-gs-x="2"]  { left: 50% }
.grid-stack-item[data-gs-x="1"]  { left: 25% }

and so on.

Better yet, here is a SASS code snippet which can make life much easier (Thanks to @ascendantofrain, #81 and @StefanM98, #868) and you can use sites like to generate the CSS for you instead:

.grid-stack > .grid-stack-item {
  $gridstack-columns: 12;
  min-width: (100% / $gridstack-columns);
  @for $i from 1 through $gridstack-columns {
    &[data-gs-width='#{$i}'] { width: (100% / $gridstack-columns) * $i; }
    &[data-gs-x='#{$i}'] { left: (100% / $gridstack-columns) * $i; }
    &[data-gs-min-width='#{$i}'] { min-width: (100% / $gridstack-columns) * $i; }
    &[data-gs-max-width='#{$i}'] { max-width: (100% / $gridstack-columns) * $i; }

you can also use the SASS src/gridstack-extra.scss included in NPM package and modify to add more columns and also have the .grid-stack-N prefix to support letting the user change columns dynamically.

Sample gulp command for 30 columns:

        .pipe(replace('$gridstack-columns: 11 !default;','$gridstack-columns: 30;'))
        .pipe(sass({outputStyle: 'compressed'}))
        .pipe(rename({extname: '.min.css'}))

Override resizable/draggable options

You can override default resizable/draggable options. For instance to enable other then bottom right resizing handle you can init gridstack like:

  resizable: {
    handles: 'e, se, s, sw, w'

Note: It's not recommended to enable nw, n, ne resizing handles. Their behavior may be unexpected.

Touch devices support

Please use jQuery UI Touch Punch to make jQuery UI Draggable/Resizable working on touch-based devices.

<script src="gridstack.all.js"></script>
<script src="jquery.ui.touch-punch.min.js"></script>

Also alwaysShowResizeHandle option may be useful:

var options = {
  alwaysShowResizeHandle: /Android|webOS|iPhone|iPad|iPod|BlackBerry|IEMobile|Opera Mini/i.test(navigator.userAgent)

If you're still experiencing issues on touch devices please check #444

Migrating to v0.6.x

starting in 0.6.x change event are no longer sent (for pretty much most nodes!) when an item is just added/deleted unless it also changes other nodes (was incorrect and causing inefficiencies). You may need to track added|removed events if you didn't and relied on the old broken behavior.

Migrating to v1.0.0

v1.0.0 removed Jquery from the API and external dependencies, which will require some code changes. Here is a list of the changes:

  1. see Migrating to v0.6.x if you didn't already

  2. your code only needs to include gridstack.all.js and gristack.css (don't include other JS) and is recommended you do that as internal dependencies will change over time. If you are jquery based, also see note below.

  3. code change:

OLD initializing code + adding a widget + adding an event:

// initialization returned Jquery element, requiring second call to get GridStack var
var grid = $('.grid-stack').gridstack(opts?).data('gridstack');
// returned Jquery element
grid.addWidget($('<div><div class="grid-stack-item-content"> test </div></div>'), undefined, undefined, 2, undefined, true);
// jquery event handler
$('.grid-stack').on('added', function(e, items) {/* items contains info */});
// grid access after init
var grid = $('.grid-stack').data('gridstack');


// element identifier defaults to '.grid-stack', returns the grid
// Note: for Typescript use window.GridStack.init() until next native TS version
var grid = GridStack.init(opts?, element?);
// returns DOM element
grid.addWidget('<div><div class="grid-stack-item-content"> test </div></div>', {width: 2});
// event handler
grid.on('added', function(e, items) {/* items contains info */});
// grid access after init
var grid = el.gridstack; // where el = document.querySelector('.grid-stack') or other ways...

Other vars/global changes

`GridStackUI` --> `GridStack`
`GridStackUI.GridStackEngine` --> `GridStack.Engine`
`grid.container` (jquery grid wrapper) --> `grid.el` (grid DOM element)
`grid.grid` (GridStackEngine) --> `grid.engine`
`grid.setColumn(N)` --> `grid.column(N)` and new `grid.column()` to get value, old API still supported though

Recommend looking at the many samples for more code examples.

jQuery Application

We're working on implementing HTML5 drag'n'drop through the plugin system. Right now it is still jquery-ui based. Because of that we are still bundling jquery (3.5.1) + jquery-ui (1.12.1 minimal drag|drop|resize) internally in gridstack.all.js. IFF your app needs to bring your own version instead, you should instead include gridstack-poly.min.js (optional IE support) + gridstack.min.js + gridstack.jQueryUI.min.js after you import your JQ libs. But note that there are issue with jQuery and ES6 import (see 1306)


View our change log here.

The Team

gridstack.js is currently maintained by Alain Dumesny and Dylan Weiss, originally created by Pavel Reznikov. We appreciate all contributors for help.


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