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    jQuery Responsive Tabs

    This jQuery plugin provides responsive tab functionality. The tabs transform to an accordion when it reaches a CSS breakpoint. Check out a demo at


    • Tabs transform to accordion based on breakpoint
    • Uses javascript / jQuery for the technical tab switching (class based)
    • Uses CSS for the desktop/tablet/mobile view
    • Has callback events for the tab events
    • Tabs can be opened with URL hashes
    • Tabs can auto rotate
    • Tabs can be collapsed (optional)
    • Tabs can start collapsed based on the view (optional)
    • Tabs can be disabled
    • The tabs are controllable with API methods
    • Cross browser compatibility (IE7+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera)
    • Multiple device support (Web, Tablet, Mobile, etc)

    How to use

    • Requires jQuery (minimaly jQuery 1.7.0)
    • Include jquery.responsiveTabs.js
    <script src="js/jquery.responsiveTabs.js"></script>
    • Include responsive-tabs.css for the basic Tabs to Accordion switching
    <link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="css/responsive-tabs.css" />
    • Include style.css for a basic tab/accordion theme
    <link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="css/style.css" />
    • Use this HTML markup:
    <div id="responsiveTabsDemo">
            <li><a href="#tab-1"> .... </a></li>
            <li><a href="#tab-2"> .... </a></li>
            <li><a href="#tab-3"> .... </a></li>
        <div id="tab-1"> ....... </div>
        <div id="tab-2"> ....... </div>
        <div id="tab-3"> ....... </div>
    • Use this jQuery function to enable responsive tabs on the selected element:
        startCollapsed: 'accordion'



    bower install responsive-tabs


    npm install responsive-tabs


    Responsive Tabs is available on jsDelivr!jquery.responsive-tabs


    The following options are available:


    If set to 'true' the panels are collapsible. The values 'tabs' and 'accordion' can be used to make the panels collapsible in a specific view/state. If a tab is active and you select it again, the panel will collapse.

    collapsible: false // The panels are not collapsible
    collapsible: true // The panels are collapsible
    collapsible: 'tabs' // The panels are only collapsible if the view is currently tab based
    collapsible: 'accordion' // The panels are only collapsible if the view is currently accordion based

    Start collapsed

    This option defines if the first panel on load starts collapsed or not. With the values 'tabs' and 'accordion' you can specify in which view the tabs are supposed to start collapsed.

    startCollapsed: false // Do not collapse on start
    startCollapsed: true // Start with the panels collapsed
    startCollapsed: 'tabs' // Start with the panels collapsed if the view is currently tab based
    startCollapsed: 'accordion' // Start with the panels collapsed if the view is currently accordion based

    Disabled tabs

    An array with zero based integers that define the tabs that should be disabled

    disabled: [0,2] // Disables the first and third tab

    Active tab

    An 0 based integer that defines the initial opened tab on load.

    active: 1 // Opens the second tab on load

    Accordion Tab HTML element

    A single HTML element template in which the accordion tab will be wrapped.

    accordionTabElement: '<div></div>'

    Set hash

    A boolean that can be used to enable and disable the setting of a reference to the selected tab in the URL hash. If set to 'true', the selecting of a new tab will set the reference to that tab in the URL hash.

    setHash: true


    This option can be used to auto rotate the tabs. The tabs will stop rotating when a tab is selected.

    rotate: false, // The tabs won't auto rotate
    rotate: true, // The tabs will auto rotate from the start


    This option can be used to specify the event that activates a tab. For instance: 'mouseover'. Defaults to 'click'

    event: 'click' // (default) The tabs will activate on click
    event: 'mouseover' // The tabs will activate on mouseover


    This option enables the animation of the panels. By default the panels will just show and hide, this option can be used to make the panels slide up and down and fade in and out.

    animation: 'fade', // The panels will fade in and out
    animation: 'slide', // The panels will slide up and down

    You can enable / disable the queueing of the animation by setting the animationQueue option.

    animationQueue: false, // (default) disables the queueing of the animations. With this option on, all animations happen at the same time
    animationQueue: true, // enables the queueing of the animations. With this option on, animations wait for each other
    animationQueue: 'tabs', // enables the queueing of the animations for the tabs state only
    animationQueue: 'accordion', // enables the queueing of the animations for the accordion state only

    You can set the speed of the animation by setting the duration option.

    duration: 500, // (default) Sets the animation duration to 500

    Scroll to Accordion panel

    This options can be used to enable automatic scrolling to the accordion panel that has been opened

    scrollToAccordion: false, // (default) disables the auto scrolling to the accordion panel
    scrollToAccordion: true, // enables the auto scrolling to the accordion panel

    Scroll to Accordion panel on load

    This option can be used to disabling the scrolling to an accordion panel on load

    scrollToAccordionOnLoad: true, // (default) enables scrolling to accordion on load
    scrollToAccordionOnLoad: false, // disables scrolling to accordion on load

    You can define an offset in pixels for the scroll to accordion panel by setting the scrollToAccordionOffset option.

    scrollToAccordionOffset: false, // (default) disables the auto scrolling to the accordion panel
    scrollToAccordionOffset: true, // enables the auto scrolling to the accordion panel

    Navigation container

    This option can be used to select a different container element for the navigation <ul>.

    navigationContainer: '.some-css-selector'
    <div class="some-css-selector">



    This callback is called after a tab is clicked, regardless of whether it's disabled


    • event: Clicked event
    • tab: Clicked tab object
    click: function(event, tab){},


    This callback is called after a tab is selected


    • event: Activate event
    • tab: Activated tab object
    activate: function(event, tab){},


    This callback is called after a tab is deactivated


    • event: Deactivate event
    • tab: Deactivated tab object
    deactivate: function(event, tab){},


    This callback is called after the plugin has been loaded


    • event: Load event
    • tab: First tab object
    load: function(event, firstTab){},

    Activate State

    This callback is called after the plugin switches from state (Tab view / Accordion view)

    activateState: function(){}


    The following methods are available:


    This method activates/opens a tab by using a zero based tab reference

    $('#responsiveTabsDemo').responsiveTabs('activate', 1); // This would open the second tab


    This method deactivates/closes a tab by using a zero based tab reference

    $('#responsiveTabsDemo').responsiveTabs('deactivate', 1); // This would close the second tab


    This method enables a tab by using a zero based tab reference

    $('#responsiveTabsDemo').responsiveTabs('enable', 1); // This would enable the second tab


    This method deactivates/closes a tab by using a zero based tab reference

    $('#responsiveTabsDemo').responsiveTabs('disable', 1); // This would disable the second tab


    This method start the rotation of the tabs. You can use the first argument to define the speed.

    $('#responsiveTabsDemo').responsiveTabs('startRotation', 1000); // This would open the second tab


    The following events are emitted on the element the tabs are initialised on (the container):


    This event is triggered when the tabs plugin has finished loading

    Passed variables

    • event


    This event is triggered when a tab is activated

    Passed variables

    • event
    • Activated tab object


    This event is triggered when a tab is deactivated

    Passed variables

    • event
    • Deactivated tab object


    This event is triggered when the state of the plugin changes

    Passed variables

    • event
    • State object
      • Old state
      • New state


    I am planning on adding these options in the future:

    • Keyboard interaction
    • Vertical Tabs
    • Refresh method
    • Multiple Accorion open

    If you have good ideas / tips about options / functionality, let me know!


    The idea for this plugin is based on 'Easy Responsive Tabs to Accordion' by samsono (


    If you have any questions, problems or suggestions, feel free to submit a ticket! Also, pull requests with improvements, new features or other great stuff are always very welcome.




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