Cycle2 – The Popular jQuery Slideshow Plugin Got Better

Cycle, a pretty old yet very popular jQuery slideshow plugin now has a new, improved version: Cycle2.

The plugin is perfect for anyone looking to create a completely customized slideshow as it does not declare any markup or style. And, its functionality is flexible too.

Cycle2 supports responsive layouts, has options for everything (global and per slide) and can be extended easily using a full-featured API.


For browsing, there are built-in pagers and prev/next controls. And, for a flawless experience, it supports (progressive) image loading and delayed initialization.

Transitions offered are fade, scroll, shuffle, tile and carousel. Each slide comes with its own URL (bookmarking support) and it is mobile friendly (swiping).

There are lots of demos and a detailed documentation for easily learning the details of the plugin.

  1. Reply Hunter September 21, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Glad to see it updated. It is one of my most used, go-to plugins.

  2. Reply Tom October 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM


    I’ve just discovered this new version and it has some great features. Really very impressive! Also the documentation is really good and comprehensive.

    I am having an issue getting non-image slides (li list) to work with the progressive loading feature though, which is a shame… So if anyone knows if this is possible I’d love to hear from them.


  3. Reply Rahul June 27, 2013 at 9:15 AM


    The new version of cycle2 has really awesome features. It is very easy to implement to our website.

    I really loved it.


  4. Reply Mohammad Usman August 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    I am new to Cycle2 plugin. It is great application. Works for me. I need some help though.
    On I can hover and the image zooms out.

    What API option will create this effect? Please help.


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