15+ jQuery Popup Modal Dialog Plugins and Tutorials

Modal dialog windows are a great way to show quick information to your users, but to also alert them of errors, warnings, prompts for information and more.  When you bring jQuery into the mix, you know you’re going to end up with a slick dialog that really makes the application or website come alive.  The following is a list of 15+ jQuery Popup Modal Dialog Plugins and Tutorials.

There are a couple towards the bottom that you’ll want to pay attention to.  On one the original is in Italian, but I’ve included a link to an English translation.  The other is more on a backend, but I’ve included a link to the zip file for downloading the files.

Let the fun begin!  If you know of any that are missing but should be included, drop a comment!

qModal is a plugin for jQuery to help you display notices, dialogs, and modal windows in a web browser. It is flexible and tiny, akin to a “Swiss Army Knife”, and makes a great base as a general purpose windowing framework.

Modal popup windows provide a quick way to show data without reloading the entire page. One of the big problems with jQuery Popup Modal Dialog window plugins is the customization. This plugin tries to solve those problems. The default CSS contains only optional rules. Without it, the plugin will works perfectly —but will also looks very sad. Regarding the animations, you can simply redefine them from A to Z.

Simple jQuery Modal Window Tutorial
In this tutorial, I’m going to share how to create a simple modal window with jQuery. It selects all the anchor tags with name attribute set to “modal” and grab the DIV #id defined in the href and displays it as a modal window. jQuery has made everything so simple, be sure to check out the demonstrations, examples I made.

jQuery UI Dialog
The jQuery UI framework offers up a functional Dialog widget that allows resizing and also the ability to display forms. The basic dialog window is an overlay positioned within the viewport and is protected from page content (like select elements) shining through with an iframe. It has a title bar and a content area, and can be moved, resized and closed with the ‘x’ icon by default.

SimpleModal is a lightweight jQuery Plugin which provides a powerful interface for modal dialog development. Think of it as a modal dialog framework. SimpleModal gives you the flexibility to build whatever you can envision, while shielding you from related cross-browser issues inherent with UI development.

Boxy is a flexible, Facebook-style dialog box for jQuery with support for dragging and size tweening. It differs from other overlays I’ve seen by providing an object interface to control dialogs after they’ve been created. And for simple usage scenarios, boxy also provides a jQuery plugin for automatically hooking up links and forms, as well as an ask() helper for presenting multiple choices to the user.

ThickBox is a webpage UI dialog widget written in JavaScript on top of the jQuery library. Its function is to show a single image, multiple images, inline content, iframed content, or content served through AJAX in a hybrid modal.

jQuery BlockUI Plugin
The jQuery BlockUI Plugin lets you simulate synchronous behavior when using AJAX, without locking the browser. When activated, it will prevent user activity with the page (or part of the page) until it is deactivated. BlockUI adds elements to the DOM to give it both the appearance and behavior of blocking user interaction.

jQuery Impromptu
jQuery Impromptu is an extension to help provide a more pleasant way to spontaneously prompt a user for input. More or less this is a great replacement for an alert, prompt, and confirm. Not only does it replace these but it also allows for creating forms within these controls. This is not intended to be a modal replacement, just a quick tool to prompt user input in a fashionable way.

jQuery Alert Dialogs (Alert, Confirm & Prompt Replacements)
This jQuery plugin aims to replace the basic functionality provided by the standard JavaScript alert(), confirm(), and prompt() functions. What’s the benefit of using custom methods? These are completely customizable via CSS. You can set a custom title for each dialog. IE7 users get an ugly warning and usually have to reload the page if you use a regular prompt(). These methods simulate a true modal dialog box. They will automatically re-position themselves if you resize the browser window (unlike many existing dialog/lightbox-style plugins). If you include the jQuery UI Draggable plugin, the dialogs can be moved by dragging their title bars.

How to Create a Stunning and Smooth Popup Using jQuery
Nowadays, websites are more and more rich and interactive and users are becoming more and more critical with all things in websites. Using windows popup to show important information are in the air and We are going to learn how to create a stunning and great window popup from the scratch using jQuery in a simple and clean tutorial.

jQuery Ajax Validation Contact Form with Modal + Slide-in Transition
Due to popular demand, here is a tutorial on how I created one of the more complicated pieces of machinery on my new site: the contact form. All you need is jQuery. No plugins are necessary for this to work, and it is only 2kb of extra code in addition to the jQuery library. This also works on all browsers, IE6 and up.

Creating an Exit Modal Box using jQuery
Do you need to show a specific message to the visitors that leave your website? You can do that by initiating a modal box before they close the browser window. To do this we need to include 2 JQuery files (the actual library and a plugin written by Eric Martin), the modal box’s CSS and the file that triggers the modal box based on the user’s action.

Upload in Modal Window and Pass Values with jQuery
Do you publish your blogs with WordPress? If yes, you know the inline popup window which opens if you like to upload / insert an image into your article. This tutorial shows you how-to use the jQuery Plugin ThickBox and some jQuery code to upload a file and pass a value to the parent page. You can use this kind of feature in your custom CMS or maybe you like use it as a basic for your own file upload plugin or gadget?

jQuery Modal Choose Component
Although it was a great article, thanks to Lorenzo for pointing out that the link is dead.

jQuery Modal Dialog Plugin
This plugin link goes to the working example and documenation page that shows off some real nice jQuery modal dialogs for errors, warnings, prompts and more. Getting to the download is a little tricky unless you follow this link to download.

ColorBox is a lightweight, customizable lightbox plugin that simulates some things that you would like to accomplish with a jQuery popup modal dialog window. It can allow you to show popup ajax, inline and iframed content as well as photos and other media. It’s writting in jQuery plugin format and can be chained with other jQuery commands.

Today I added a new version of this post containing 7+ popup modal window collection.

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