Mouse and Mobile/Touch friendly jQuery drop down menu plugin
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make_dropdown is a jQuery plugin that gives you click-based drop down menus when viewed from a mobile device, and hover and click menus otherwise. It is based off of the simple and effective "jsddm" menu by by SpiceBrains.



Download the plugin:

Copy the make_dropdown.min.js file into a folder of your choice and include it in your project, for example:

<script src="js/plugins/make_dropdown.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

You need to use an unordered list structure as your menu, like so:

<ul id="menubar">
  <li><a href="#">Michael</a>
      <li><a href="#">Jordan</a></li>
      <li><a href="#">Jackson</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">Stooges</a>
      <li><a href="#">1st</a></li>
      <li><a href="#">2nd</a></li>
      <li><a href="#">3rd</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">I have no menu children</a></li>

(You can replace #menubar with any other id or class, as long as your jQuery selector in the next step is restrictive enough)

Your css should look something like this (please note the visibility: hidden requirement):

{ margin: 0;
  padding: 0}

  #menubar li
  { float: left;
    list-style: none;
    font: 12px Tahoma, Arial}

  #menubar li a
  { display: block;
    background: #324143;
    padding: 5px 12px;
    text-decoration: none;
    border-right: 1px solid white;
    width: 70px;
    color: #EAFFED;
    white-space: nowrap}

  #menubar li a:hover
  { background: #24313C}

    #menubar li ul
    { margin: 0;
      padding: 0;
      position: absolute;
      visibility: hidden;   /* IMPORTANT!! This property needs to be present for the plugin to work! And no, */
                            /* display:none will NOT do! */
      border-top: 1px solid white}

      #menubar li ul li
      { float: none;
        display: inline}

      #menubar li ul li a
      { width: auto;
        background: #A9C251;
        color: #24313C}

      #menubar li ul li a:hover
      { background: #8EA344}

Finally, call make_dropdown() on each of the top level menu items:

$(document).ready(function(){ $('#menubar > li').make_dropdown(); });

To not be oversensitive to mouse movements, menus by default take 500 milliseconds to disappear. You can change this duration by passing in the new millisecond value like so:

$('#menubar > li').make_dropdown({'timeout' : 250});

To see a complete example, view the source of demo.html.


  • jQuery 1.4+

Browser Compatibility

The compatibility list of the original project was:
IE6+, Firefox 1.5+, Opera 8+, Safari 3+, Chrome 0.2+

I'd like to think that my changes haven't broken behavior on any of the above browsers, but the browsers I have concretely tested are Firefox and Chrome.

Real-life usage example


If you find something wrong or want to request a feature, please use the project's issues page. If you don't have and don't want to create a github account, you could email me instead.