Scale images to fit or fill any target container via two simple properties: scale and align
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Image Scale

Scale images to fit or fill any target container via two simple properties: scale and align.

This plugin is greatly inspired from Sproutcore SC.ImageView.


image-scale depends on jQuery. To use it, include this in your page :

<script src="jquery.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="image-scale.js" type="text/javascript"></script>


If you want to identify the images that you want to scale, you can add a class to them. In this example we are adding a class call scale.

You can also set the data-scale and data-align attributes directly to the images if you want to override the default setting.

<div class="image-container">
  <img class="scale" data-scale="best-fit-down" data-align="center" src="img/example.jpg">

Now add this JavaScript code to your page :

$(function() {

You're done.



Determines how the image will scale to fit within its containing space. Possible values:

  • fill - stretches or compresses the source image to fill the target frame
  • best-fill - fits the shortest side of the source image within the target frame while maintaining the original aspect ratio
  • best-fit - fits the longest edge of the source image within the target frame while maintaining the original aspect ratio
  • best-fit-down - same as best-fit but will not stretch the source if it is smaller than the target
  • none - the source image is left unscaled
Type: String
Default: best-fill


Align the image within its frame. Possible values:

  • left
  • right
  • center
  • top
  • bottom
  • top-left
  • top-right
  • bottom-left
  • bottom-right
Type: String
Default: center


A jQuery Object against which the image size will be calculated. If null, the parent of the image will be used.

Type: jQuery Object
Default: null


A boolean determining if the parent should hide its overflow.

Type: Boolean
Default: true


A duration in milliseconds determining how long the fadeIn animation will run when your image is scale for the firstTime.

Set it to 0 if you don't want any animation.

Type: Number or String
Default: 0


A boolean indicating if the image size should be rescaled when the window is resized.

The window size is checked using requestAnimationFrame for good performance.


  rescaleOnResize: true
Type: Boolean
Default: false


A function that will be call each time the receiver is scaled.


  didScale: function(firstTime, options) {
    console.log('did scale img: ', this.element);
Type: Function
  - firstTime {Boolean} true if the image was scale for the first time.
  - options {Object} the options passed to the scale method.


A number indicating the debug level :

  1. silent
  2. error
  3. error & warning
  4. error & warning & notice
Type: Number
Default: 0



Main method. Used to scale the images.

When rescaleOnResize is set to true, this method is executed each time the windows size changes.

If rescaleOnResize is set to false, you may want to call it manually. Here is an example on how you should do it:



Removes the data for the element.

Here is an example on how you can call the destroy method:



See it in action on our home page.

You can also check out the Sproutcore Automatic Image Scaling demo to understand the difference between all the different options.


Original Size: 4.3KB gzipped (15.04KB uncompressed)

Compiled Size: 1.9KB gzipped (4.65KB uncompressed)


Nicolas Badia

Copyright and license

Copyright 2013-2016 GestiXi under The MIT License (MIT).