10 Best Image Zoom JavaScript & CSS Libraries (2021 Update)

This is a list of the 10 best JavaScript and/or CSS libraries to zoom your images within the document for a better user experience. I hope you like it and don’t forget to spread the world.

Originally Published Dec 17 2017, updated Jan 14 2021

1. Lightense.js

Lightense.js

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Lightense.js is a lightweight and simple to use JavaScript library for image zooming as you seen on Medium.com.


2. Zoom Image On Hover – js-image-zoom

Zoom Image On Hover - js-image-zoom

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A lightweight and zero-dependency JavaScript image zoom library to enlarge part of your image and display the zoomed image in a specific container on mouse hover.


3. medium-zoom

Pure JavaScript Medium-style Image Zoom Library - medium-zoom

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medium-zoom is a lightweight and dependency-free JavaScript library used for creating a responsive, user-friendly image zoom / lightbox effect as seen on Medium.com pages.


4. Image Zoomer For Moible – pinchzoom

Image Zoomer For Moible – pinchzoom

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A mobile-first image zoom library which allows the user to zoom, pan an image with touch gestures.


5. Touch-enabled Image Zoom Plugin With JavaScript

Touch-enabled Image Zoom Plugin With JavaScript

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A simple and cross-platform image zoom library written in pure JavaScript.


6. Image Zoom & Pan On Hover – Detail View

Image Zoom & Pan On Hover – Detail View

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A vanilla JavaScript approach to zooming and panning an image on hover.


7. Zoom Any Element Within The Document – zoomerang.js

Zoom Any Element Within The Document - zoomerang.js

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Drift is a standalone and highly configurable JavaScript library that provides responsive, smooth hover (or touch) zoom effect on images.


8. Zoom Any Element Within The Document – zoomerang.js

Zoom Any Element Within The Document - zoomerang.js

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Drift is a standalone and highly configurable JavaScript library that provides responsive, smooth hover (or touch) zoom effect on images.


9. Wheelzoom

wheelzoom

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This is a pure JavaScript of the jQuery Wheelzoom plugin that provides ‘mouse-wheel to zoom’ and ‘drag to pan’ functionalities on an image. Based on HTML5 canvas and has events handling support.


10. Smooth Image Zooming As Seen On Medium.com – zooming.js

Smooth Image Zooming As Seen On Medium.com - zooming.js

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zooming.js is a lightweight, dependency-free, mobile-friendly image zooming library inspired by Medium.com.


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