JQuery Plugin For Rotating Image

December 4th, 2011 by aditia rahman / 1 Comment  


Creating a jquery plugin is easier than it sound, first time I heard about creating 3rd party plugin sounds scary, maybe need more deeper understanding about the platform, but not in jquery. Well I just feel something missing if I have been using jquery for a while not to creating a plugin.

jquery image rotate plugin

Few month ago I have created a simple tutorial to rotating image using jquery, now it would be nice if I can used as a plugin, and now it a chance to learning simple jquery plugin.

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Now just straight to the plugin code, this is the code I put on file jquery.rotate.js

(function( $ ) {
    $.fn.myrotate = function() {
        var img = this.find("img");
        var imgpos = img.position();
        var x0, y0;

        $(window).load(function() {

            x0 = imgpos.left + (img.width() / 2);
            y0 = imgpos.top + (img.height() / 2);

        var x, y, x1, y1, drag = 0;

            "cursor": "pointer",
            "position": "relative"

        img.mousemove(function(e) {
            x1 = e.pageX;
            y1 = e.pageY;
            x = x1 - x0;
            y = y1 - y0;

            r = 360 - ((180/Math.PI) * Math.atan2(y,x));

            if (drag == 1) {

        img.mousedown(function() {
            if (drag == 0) {
                drag = 1;
                img.css("-webkit-box-shadow", "0 0 5px #999");
                img.css("-moz-box-shadow", "0 0 5px #999");
                img.css("box-shadow", "0 0 5px #999");
            } else {
                drag = 0;
                img.css("-webkit-box-shadow", "0 0 2px #999");
                img.css("-moz-box-shadow", "0 0 2px #999");
                img.css("box-shadow", "0 0 2px #999");

        img.mouseleave(function() {
            drag = 0;
})( jQuery );

The idea is similar from before, to get the image center point and get the cursor coordinate using javascript Math we can find the radian, and rotate the image using CSS. Here are a sample usage

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
    <script src="jquery-1.6.4.min.js"></script>
    <script src="jquery.rotate.js"></script>
        $(function() {
    <div id="container">
        <div id="content">
            <img src="img.jpg"/>

        <div id="circle">
            <img src="img.jpg"/>

jquery rotate plugin

There are some problem when you are getting image width and height directly from html <img/> tag in webkit browser, even when we are using jquery, there are a thread from stackoverflow offer many solution for this.

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