A jQuery typing animation script.
JavaScript HTML CSS


View the live demo | Go to my site, mattboldt.com

Typed.js is a jQuery plugin that types. Enter in any string, and watch it type at the speed you've set, backspace what it's typed, and begin a new sentence for however many strings you've set.

Looking for some custom use cases for Typed.js? Check out the wiki


This is really all you need to get going.

<script src="jquery.js"></script>
<script src="typed.js"></script>
            strings: ["First sentence.", "Second sentence."],
            typeSpeed: 0

<span class="element"></span>

Install with Bower

bower install typed.js

Want the animated blinking cursor? Add this CSS.

    opacity: 1;
    -webkit-animation: blink 0.7s infinite;
    -moz-animation: blink 0.7s infinite;
    animation: blink 0.7s infinite;
@keyframes blink{
    0% { opacity:1; }
    50% { opacity:0; }
    100% { opacity:1; }
@-webkit-keyframes blink{
    0% { opacity:1; }
    50% { opacity:0; }
    100% { opacity:1; }
@-moz-keyframes blink{
    0% { opacity:1; }
    50% { opacity:0; }
    100% { opacity:1; }

Wonderful sites using Typed.js













HTML tags

By default the content type is set to html, so you're good to go. Want to type out the html regularly? Set it to text.

    strings: ["Typed.js is a <strong>jQuery</strong> plugin."],
    contentType: 'html' // or 'text'

Strings from static HTML (SEO Friendly)

Rather than using the strings array to insert strings, you can place an HTML div on the page and read from it. This allows bots and search engines, as well as users with JavaScript disabled, to see your text on the page.

            stringsElement: $('#typed-strings')

You must wrap each string in the typed-strings div with a <p>

<div id="typed-strings">
    <p>Typed.js is a <strong>jQuery</strong> plugin.</p>
    <p>It <em>types</em> out sentences.</p>
<span id="typed"></span>

Line Breaks

contentType: 'html'

$(".typed").typed({ strings: ["Sentence with <br>line break."] });

contentType: 'text'

Use white-space: pre in your typed text element, and then \n when typing out the strings. Example:

<span id="typed" style="white-space:pre"></span>


$(".typed").typed({ strings: ["Sentence with a\nline break."] });

Type Pausing

You can pause in the middle of a string for a given amount of time by including an escape character.

            // Waits 1000ms after typing "First"
            strings: ["First ^1000 sentence.", "Second sentence."]


            strings: ["First sentence.", "Second sentence."],
            // Optionally use an HTML element to grab strings from (must wrap each string in a <p>)
            stringsElement: null,
            // typing speed
            typeSpeed: 0,
            // time before typing starts
            startDelay: 0,
            // backspacing speed
            backSpeed: 0,
            // shuffle the strings
 +              shuffle: false,
            // time before backspacing
            backDelay: 500,
            // loop
            loop: false,
            // false = infinite
            loopCount: false,
            // show cursor
            showCursor: true,
            // character for cursor
            cursorChar: "|",
            // attribute to type (null == text)
            attr: null,
            // either html or text
            contentType: 'html',
            // call when done callback function
            callback: function() {},
            // starting callback function before each string
            preStringTyped: function() {},
            //callback for every typed string
            onStringTyped: function() {},
            // callback for reset
            resetCallback: function() {}

Get Super Custom

Want to get really custom? On my site and in the Typed.js demo I have the code type out two words, and then backspace only those two, then continue where it left off. This is done in an if statement in the backspace() function. Here's what it looks like.

, backspace: function(curString, curStrPos){

    setTimeout(function() {

            // check string array position
            // on the first string, only delete one word
            // the stopNum actually represents the amount of chars to
            // keep in the current string. In my case it's 3.
            if (self.arrayPos == 1){
                self.stopNum = 3;
            //every other time, delete the whole typed string
                self.stopNum = 0;

This checks if the arrayPos is 1, which would be the second string you entered. If so, it sets stopNum to 3 instead of 0, which tells it to stop when there are 3 characters left. For now you'll have to create custom if statements for each specific case you want. I may automate this somehow in the future.


npm install

Then, once you've made your edits:


This will create a minified version in /dist


Thanks for checking this out. If you have any questions, I'll be on Twitter.

If you're using this, let me know! I'd love to see it.

It would also be great if you mentioned me or my website somewhere. www.mattboldt.com