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    JqueryAsynchImageLoader Plugin for jQuery
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    Jquery Asynchronous Image Loader (JAIL)

    JAIL is a jQuery plugin that lazy load images making your page load faster.

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    Images are downloaded when they are visible or when they become visible inside the viewport (area you see in your browser). Images can be loaded after an event is triggered (such as click, mouseover, and scroll) or after a specified delay. It's advisable to call jail() after the DOM has been constructed (document ready).

    Getting Started

    First of all, this plugin requires you to make some HTML changes. The data-src attribute (HTML5 data attribute) should contain the location of the image, instead the src attribute should contain a placeholder such as a really tiny image (E.g. 1 px x 1 px). Also, I would suggest to add a noscript block so that in case the user doesn't have Javascript enabled, the images will be displayed (progressive enhancement).

        <img class="lazy" src="/img/blank.gif" data-src="/img/image1.jpg"/>
            <img src="/img/image1.jpg"/>

    In a basic scenario, you just need to import jquery, jail.js and call the jail() function on the images you want to lazy load.

        <script src="/lib/jquery.js"></script>
        <script src="/src/jail.js"></script>

    The images in the viewport are loaded straight away after the DOM is ready. As soon other images become visible in the viewport (for instance after the user scrolls down), they are lazy loaded.


    You can add additional configuration options when you initially call jail():

    • id : unique identifier for this jail instance. - Default: jail
    • timeout : number of msec after that the images will be loaded - Default: 10
    • effect : any jQuery effect that makes the images display (e.g. "fadeIn") - Default: NULL

      NOTE: If you are loading a large number of images, it is best NOT to use this setting.

    • speed : string or number determining how long the animation will run - Default: 400

    • triggerElement : selector that triggers the images to be loaded - Default: NULL
    • event : event : event that triggers the image to be loaded. You can choose among load, click, mouseover, 'scroll', etc. Default: load
    • callback : function that will be called after all the images are loaded - Default: ""
    • callbackAfterEachImage : function that will be called after each image is loaded - Default: ""
    • placeholder : location of an image (such a loader) you want to display while waiting for the images to be loaded - Default: ""
    • offset : an offset of "500" would cause any images that are less than 500px below the bottom of the window or 500px above the top of the window to load. - Default: 0
    • loadHiddenImages : boolean to load hidden images - Default: false (so hidden images are not loaded)

    How to invoke jail()

    Here are some examples on how to invoke jail() in order to have a better understanding of how the plugin works

                event: 'click',
                effect: 'fadeIn',
                speed : 500,
                placeholder : 'img/loader.gif',
                callback : SA.setActive

    Initially load the visible images within #my_container. Then, as you scroll inside #my_container, images become visible

                event: 'scroll'

    After 1 second the hidden images are loaded

                timeout : 1000

    Load images after mouse-overing on the placeholder for the image

                event: 'mouseover',
                placeholder : 'img/loader.gif'

    Load the images that are up to 300px over/below theviewport

                offset : 300

    Alert saying "all the images are loaded" is called after all the images are loaded, alert saying "one image is loaded" after one image is loaded

                callback : (function(){alert("All the images are loaded");}),
                callbackAfterEachImage : function() {alert("one image is loaded");}

    Ignore hidden images to be loaded (images with or under a "display:none" or with hidden "visibility" or not visible inside a "overflow:hidden" element)

                loadHiddenImages : true

    Create multiple jail instances for various image collections. Required when asynchronously rendering templates that contain images that should also be jailed.

            $('img.lazy').jail({id: 'page'});
            $('#template').load('/serverside.html', function(){
                $('#template img.lazy').jail({id: 'template'});


    You can view a few demo examples usign JAIL here

    AMD support

    Plugin supports AMD through define() method. If you use RequireJS (version > 2.0), you can require the plugin as follows:

        baseUrl: 'lib',
        paths: {
            app: 'src'
        shim: {
            'app/jail': ['jquery']
    require(["jquery", "app/jail"], function() {

    For more information, you view example 14 and example 15 from the demo folder

    Testing / Building the plugin

    After getting node and npm, install grunt and grunt-jasmine-runner.

    npm install grunt npm install grunt-jasmine-runner

    You can run Jasmine specs through phantomjs with :

    grunt jasmine

    If you don't have phantomjs, please download it from here

    You can run JSHint, Jasmine specs and minification tool simply launching: grunt


    Copyright (c) 2011-2012 Sebastiano Armeli-Battana Licensed under the MIT license. (

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