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jQuery UI Vertical Tabs

An extension of the jQuery UI tabs widget that adds the ability to display tabs vertically.

Show me a demo

Ok. Here you go.

How does it work?

The extension adds a single orientation option to the jQuery UI tabs widget. For consistency with other jQuery UI widgets, the orientation option can be set to "horizontal" or "vertical", and defaults to "horizontal".

When the tabs are displayed vertically, the extension places a ui-vertical-tabs class name on the tabs element for styling purposes.

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The following creates a vertical tabs control by setting the orientation option to "vertical":

<link href="" rel="stylesheet">
<link rel="stylesheet" href="vertical-tabs.css">

<div id="tabs">
        <li><a href="#tabs-1">One</a></li>
        <li><a href="#tabs-2">Two</a></li>
        <li><a href="#tabs-3">Three</a></li>
    <div id="tabs-1">
        One Contents
    <div id="tabs-2">
        Two Contents
    <div id="tabs-3">
        Three Contents

<script src=""></script>
<script src=""></script>
<script src="vertical-tabs.js"></script>
    $( "#tabs" ).tabs({ orientation: "vertical" });

The option plays nice with jQuery UI widget conventions, so you can use the option() method to change the orientation...

$( "#tabs" ).tabs( "option", "orientation", "horizontal" });

...or you can change the default of the option by changing it on the widget's prototype. For instance the following changes the default from "horizontal" to "vertical":

$.ui.tabs.prototype.options.orientation = "vertical";

AMD Usage

The extension supports AMD usage, including the use of the AMD modules that were introduced in jQuery UI 1.11. For details on usage, refer to this repository's packaged demo, which is a complete example of using this extension in an AMD setting.

Bower Usage

bower install jquery-ui-vertical-tabs


MIT. Go nuts.

Want to learn more?

This extension, as well as the process of building and using jQuery UI extensions is thoroughly explained in jQuery UI in Action.