jQuery plugin for drawing responsive paths between arbitrary HTML elements (with SVG)
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HTML SVG connect


jQuery plugin for drawing responsive paths between arbitrary HTML elements (with SVG).

View demo at http://a115.github.io/HTML-SVG-connect/


Load jQuery and the plugin:

<script src="jquery.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="jquery.html-svg-connect.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

or install with npm:

npm install html-svg-connect


Attach it to your container element on DOM ready, and define your paths as an array. Each path is an object with the start and end elements defined as CSS selector IDs:

(The elements don't have to be different; you can specify that any one element connects with any number of different elements.)

<script type="text/javascript">
    jQuery(document).ready(function($) {
        paths: [
          { start: "#red", end: "#aqua", text: "hello" },
          { start: "#purple", end: "#green", text: "world" }

This will draw an SVG graphic with two pipes with text written along each between the respective elements, and recalculate them as the window re-sizes.

Paths can also be added on-demand after loading (e.g., after an AJAX call), by calling addPaths with an array of path objects to add (this array has the same options available as when initialising paths).

var newPaths = [
  { start: "#red", end: "#green", text: "foo" }, 
  { start: "#aqua", end: "#green", text: "bar" }
$("#svgContainer").HTMLSVGconnect("addPaths", newPaths);


These are defined as properties at the same level as the paths property.

Name Type Description Default
stroke string Path colour #000000
strokeWidth integer Path thickness (px) 10
orientation string Whether the path begins/ends from the side of the element or from the top/bottom. Options: [horizontal | vertical | auto] auto
offset integer Number of pixels added to the path before the first curve. 0
class string Path class (css) name. empty
text string Text to be written along the path. empty

The global options can also be overridden on a per path basis:

  stroke: "#00FF00",
  strokeWidth: 12,
  class: "",
  paths: [
    { start: "#red", end: "#aqua", stroke: "#FF0000", strokeWidth: 8 },
    { start: "#purple", end: "#green", orientation: "vertical", offset: 20, class: "dashed-blue" }


Owain Lewis / A115

Based on work by alojzije: connectHTMLelements_SVG.png


MIT License