A simple jquery tabs plugin

Requirements: jQuery 1.9+

Optional (since v0.1.6):

Required CSS:

.tabs--content li {display:none}
.tabs--content {display:block}

## Required HTML:

<ol class="tabs">
    <li><a href="#tab1">Tab 1</a></li>
    <li><a href="#tab2">Tab 2</a></li>
    <li><a href="#tab3">Tab 3</a></li>
<ul class="tabs--content">
    <li id="tab1">Content 1</li>
    <li id="tab2">Content 2</li>
    <li id="tab3">Content 3</li>

When using the nearest plugin, you can have the tabs content anywhere in your dom.


Initialize the plugin:

var tabs = $('.tabs').tabs();

.. then open the first tab:

tabs.tabs('open', 'first');

When initializing, you can pass options to the plugin:

$('.tabs').tabs({'option1':'value', 'option2': 'value'});

You can also add a hashchange event to the window, to change the tabs when the hash changes:

$(window).bind('hashchange', function (){
    var hash = window.location.hash;
    if (hash.substring(0, 3) !== 'tab') {
        tabs.tabs('open', hash.substr(1));
        tabs.tabs('open', 'first');

The following methods will open a tab:


Insert a hidden input element into the HTML:

<input name="openTab" value="tab1" type="hidden">


Add this after the plugin was initialized:

$('.tabs').tabs('open', 'tabname');

If you want to set the hash of the current URL:

$('.tabs').tabs('open', 'tabname', true);

Open the first or the last tab

$('.tabs').tabs('open', 'first');
$('.tabs').tabs('open', 'last');


tabContent: Class for the tabbed content container. Default: '.tabs--content'

activeTabClass: (since v0.1.6) tab element will have this class when active. Default: 'active'

activeClass: content element in the container will have this class when open. Default: 'active'

hiddenInputName: if a hidden element is present in the page we attempt to open that tab. Default: openTab

updateHash: update the browser hash. Default: false


  • the tab content must be inserted after the tab handlers
  • make sure in your style sheet you hide the li elemenets and show the ones