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    A zooming and panning plugin inspired by google photos for your web images.


    • Smooth dragging and panning of images.
    • Support touch devices.
    • Double tap to zoom in/zoom out.
    • Pinch in/out to control zoom.
    • Snap view for better panning and zooming experience.
    • Allow quick display of loaded image then loading of high quality image progressively.
    • Exposed API to control zoom programmatically.

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    Through npm

    npm install iv-viewer --save

    Or get compiled development and production version (css and js) from ./dist


    Import ImageViewer and it's style.

    import ImageViewer from 'iv-viewer';
    // or
    const ImageViewer = require('iv-viewer').default; 
    // Import css
    import 'iv-viewer/dist/iv-viewer.css';

    You can choose to import css file inside your scss/less files.

    You can also use the standalone UMD build by including dist/iv-viewer.js and dist/iv-viewer.css in your page.

    <script src=""></script>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="">

    Three different modes

    Full-Screen Mode

    If you want to show images in full screen, with predefined styles. You can use FullScreenViewer.

    import { FullScreenViewer } from 'iv-viewer';
    const viewer = new FullScreenViewer(options); // check options section for supported options
'images/low-res-img', 'images/hi-res-img'); //second option is optional. Check better image loading section

    Container Mode

    If you have your own container to show images (you might have custom layout or gallery), you can use image-viewer in a container mode.

    <div id="image-container"></div>
    import ImageViewer from 'iv-viewer';
    const container = document.querySelector('#image-container');
    const viewer = new ImageViewer(container, options); //check options section for supported options
    viewer.load('images/low-res-img', 'images/hi-res-img'); //second option is optional. Check better image loading section

    Image Mode

    If you just want to add zoom and pan gesture to your images in a image-viewer style, you can use image-viewer in image mode.

    <img id="image" src="image.png" data-high-res-src="hi-res-image.png" />
    import ImageViewer from 'iv-viewer';
    const image = document.querySelector('#image');
    const viewer = new ImageViewer(image, options); // check options section for supported options


    Option Allowed Value Default Description
    zoomValue number in percentage 100 It defines the initial zoom value of the image.
    maxZoom number in percentage 500 It defines the max limit for the zoom value of the image.
    snapView boolean true If true will show snap view.
    refreshOnResize boolean true Defines whether to refresh the viewer on resize of window. This is available only for Container and Image mode. On FullScreen mode it will refresh on window resize by default.
    zoomOnMouseWheel boolean true Defines weather to allow zoom with mouse scroll or not.

    API (ImageViewer)

    Creating an instance

    import ImageViewer from 'iv-viewer';
    const viewer = new ImageViewer(element, options);

    Here the first argument is the element, which can be container where viewer will be loaded, or it can be a image in which case viewer will be initialized in a image mode.

    You can also pass a selector directly instead of a DOM element.

    const viewer = new ImageViewer('#element', options);

    Second argument is to provide configuration options for the ImageViewer. This argument is optional.

    Instance methods

    load(imgSrc, highResImg)

    Load an image to the viewer. You can pass two different resolution of the image as first and second argument (optional). See why do you need it at better image loading section.

    viewer.load('image.png', 'hi-res-image.png');

    Note that this is just required for the container mode, as in image mode you can just use src and data-high-res-src attribute and the image will load by itself. See image mode example

    zoom(zoomValue, point)

    zoomValue: A percentage value to which you want to zoom the image.

    point(optional): Point {x, y} is the coordinate of the container which would act as the center for the zoom. If not defined, it will take the center of the container as the zooming point.

    viewer.zoom(300, { x: 500, y: 500 });


    Reset zoom to the default or provided initial zoomValue.



    Method to manually refresh the viewer. It will reset the zoom and pan. It will also recalculate the dimension of container, window and image in case if that is changed.



    Destroys the plugin instance and unbind all events. It will also reset the container or the image(if ImageViewer is used in image mode). It returns null which you should assign to viewer variable to completely free up memory.

    viewer = viewer.destroy();

    API (FullScreenViewer)

    FullScreenViewer is extended from ImageViewer. So it shares the same ImageViewer api along with some FullScreenViewer API.

    Creating an instance

    import { FullScreenViewer } from 'iv-viewer';
    const viewer = new FullScreenViewer(options);

    Unlike ImageViewer you don't have to pass container for the viewer as it will be initialized in pre-defined full screen container.

    First argument is to provide configuration options for the FullScreenViewer. This argument is optional.

    Instance methods (FullScreenViewer)

    FullScreenViewer inherits all the instance method of ImageViewer. In additional to that it has following methods.

    show(imgSrc, highResImg)

    Show the full screen viewer with passed image on the show method. You can pass two different resolution of the image as first and second argument (optional). See why do you need it at better image loading section.'image.png', 'hi-res-image.png');


    Hide/Close the fullScreen viewer.


    Better image loading

    To improve the perceived experience, it is always recommended to show the already loaded image or the low quality image on the viewer and let the ImageViewer load high quality image in parallel.

    It will also try to preview the high quality image while it's loading so it will give a progressive loading effect.

    ImageViewer provides api to do this. Container mode

    viewer.load('image.png', 'hi-res-image.png');

    FullScreen mode'image.png', 'hi-res-image.png');

    Image Mode

    <img id="image" src="image.png" data-high-res-src="hi-res-image.png" />

    In all of the above example it will first try to display the first image and then load the second image (if passed) in parallel.

    The second image is optional, which you should pass when you feel you can improve the image loading experience by first showing low quality image and then progressively update it with high quality image.


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    Major updates


    • It's a complete rewrite of ImageViewer with no jQuery requirement in ES6.
    • While the options and instance method are same the way you use a ImageViewer and FullScreenView is changed. The v1 API will no longer be supported.
    • Published on the npm. V1 was not available on npm.
    • Changed the package name to iv-viewer. image-viewer name was not available on npm.


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