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    Bridget makes jQuery plugins

    Bridget makes a jQuery plugin out of a constructor 🏭

    It's based off of the jQuery UI widget factory. Used for Masonry, Isotope, Packery, Flickity, Infinite Scroll, and Draggabilly.

    Plugin constructor

    A plugin constructor uses Prototypal pattern. It needs to have a ._init() method used for its main logic.

    // plugin constructor
    // accepts two argments, element and options object
    function NiceGreeter( element, options ) {
      this.element = $( element );
      this.options = $.extend( true, {}, this.options, options );
    // defaults for plugin options
    NiceGreeter.prototype.options = {
      greeting: 'hello',
      recipient: 'world'
    // main plugin logic
    NiceGreeter.prototype._init = function() {
      var message = this.getMessage();
      this.element.text( message );
    // getter method
    NiceGreeter.prototype.getMessage = function() {
      return this.options.greeting + ' ' + this.options.recipient;


    Bridget can make this constructor work as a jQuery plugin. The namespace is the plugin method - $elem.namespace().

    // convert constructor to jQuery plugin
    jQueryBridget( 'niceGreeter', NiceGreeter );
    // optional: pass in jQuery variable
    jQueryBridget( 'niceGreeter', NiceGreeter, jQuery );
    // now the constructor can be used as a jQuery plugin
    var $elem = $('#elem');
    // >> h1 text will be 'hello world'
    // set options
      greeting: 'bonjour',
      recipient: 'mon ami'
    // >> text will be 'bonjour mon ami'
    // access constructor instance via .data()
    var myGreeter = $'niceGreeter');

    Getter methods can still be used. For jQuery objects with multiple elements, getter methods will return the value of the first element.

    Package managers

    Install with npm npm install jquery-bridget

    Install with Yarn yarn add jquery-bridget

    MIT license

    Bridget is released under the MIT license.


    npm i jquery-bridget

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