jQuery URLive lets you easily create a live preview of a URL
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jQuery URLive

URLive is a jquery plugin that helps you create an preview snippet of a url based on the Open Graph properties of the page, similar to a url preview in a facebook post.

The plugin works with any element that has a url content or value, even on <a> tag with href. It is lightweight and doesn't require any back-end code as data scraping is done asynchronously with AJAX using the Yahoo Query Language (YQL).

jQuery URLive


You can find the demo at http://markserbol.github.io/urlive/.

Getting Started

Include the latest jQuery library together with jquery.urlive.js and jquery.urlive.css on your documents <head>.

After files inclusion, call urlive() function on the element with the URL you want to show the snippet preview. And pass the selector of the element that will contain the preview.

$('selector').urlive({ container: '.urlive-container' });

You can find the in-depth documentation in the wiki https://github.com/markserbol/urlive/wiki.


URLive or jQuery URLive is under MIT License. Use, reproduction, distribution, and modification of this code is subject to the terms and conditions of the MIT license, available at http://www.opensource.org/licenses/MIT.


  • v1.1.1 (26 Dec 2014)

    • Fixed relative URL path for images
  • v1.1.0 (28 Oct 2014)

    • Added option regexp
    • Added option yqlSelect
    • Added data- attribute to set or override YQL response data
  • v1.0.4 (14 Apr 2014)

    • Fixed reserved keyword error on IE
  • v1.0.3 (23 Mar 2014)

    • Fixed CSS and design orientation
  • v1.0.2 (24 Feb 2014)

    • Added callback function onClick
    • Added handler to preview snippet click event
  • v1.0.1 (25 Jan 2014)

    • Initial release