jQuery Bootstrap-style Dropdowns


One of my favorite Boostrap plugins is dropdowns, but I had a bit of difficulty getting started with them. The docs say you can apply a jq-dropdown to nearly any element, but they really seem to work best with Bootstrap’s navbar, tab, and pill components. Since I was retrofitting an app that was around long before Bootstrap, this wasn’t going to work for me. That and I was hoping to get a scrollable jq-dropdown (with tips!) and a few other features out of the deal. Thus, this plugin was born.

While the appearance is almost identical to those of Bootstrap’s, it’s important to note that JavaScript for this plugin was developed entirely from scratch. Some CSS was borrowed, however, especially for generating those gorgeous tips.

Wanna see what they look like? Try it! Wanna contribute to this project? It’s on GitHub


1. Start by including the necessary files into your app:

<link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="jquery.dropdown.css" />
<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery.dropdown.js"></script>

2. Create a jq-dropdown by placing a div with a unique id and the jq-dropdown class immediately before your closing body tag.

For jq-dropdown menus, the div should contain a ul with the jq-dropdown-menu class:

<div id="jq-dropdown-1" class="jq-dropdown jq-dropdown-tip">
    <ul class="jq-dropdown-menu">
        <li><a href="#1">Item 1</a></li>
        <li><a href="#2">Item 2</a></li>
        <li><a href="#3">Item 3</a></li>
        <li class="jq-dropdown-divider"></li>
        <li><a href="#4">Item 4</a></li>
        <li><a href="#5">Item 5</a></li>
        <li><a href="#5">Item 6</a></li>

For jq-dropdown panels, the div should contain a div with the jq-dropdown-panel class:

<div id="jq-dropdown-1" class="jq-dropdown jq-dropdown-tip">
    <div class="jq-dropdown-panel">
        You can put whatever HTML you want in a panel!

3. Add the data-jq-dropdown attribute to any HTML element, using the id of the jq-dropdown as the value. That’s all you have to do–you don’t even have to initialize it! The plugin also works on dynamically generated triggers.

<a href="#" data-jq-dropdown="#jq-dropdown-1">dropdown</a>


Dropdowns can be attached to any element that you want:

Here’s a link and here’s a button and here’s a span


Now let’s see a really long jq-dropdown that will scroll: Example

Form Controls

You can add form controls to your dropdowns: Example


Dropdowns can have regular HTML, too. Example

Special Classes


You probably won’t need these, but they’re there just in case:

Example usage: $('#trigger').jqDropdown('method', [value]);


You can attach events to each jq-dropdown:

Example usage:

$('#jq-dropdown-id-1').on('show', function(event, dropdownData) {
}).on('hide', function(event, dropdownData) {


Here is some HTML inside of a jq-dropdown. You can put pretty much anything inside of a jq-dropdown, so have fun with it!