Quick start

Start using Flickity in three steps.

  1. Download Flickity flickity.css and flickity.pkgd.min.js files.

  2. Add the Flickity .css and .js files to your site.

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="/path/to/flickity.css" media="screen">
    <script src="/path/to/flickity.pkgd.min.js"></script>
  3. Add js-flickity class to carousel elements.

    <div class="carousel js-flickity">
      <div class="carousel-cell"></div>
      <div class="carousel-cell"></div>

That’s it! You’re all set to start using and customizing Flickity.




Link directly to Flickity files on npmcdn.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://npmcdn.com/flickity@1.2/dist/flickity.css">
<!-- or -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://npmcdn.com/flickity@1.2/dist/flickity.min.css">
<script src="https://npmcdn.com/flickity@1.2/dist/flickity.pkgd.js"></script>
<!-- or -->
<script src="https://npmcdn.com/flickity@1.2/dist/flickity.pkgd.min.js"></script>

Package managers

Install with Bower: bower install flickity --save

Install with npm: npm install flickity


Commercial license

If you want to use Flickity to develop commercial sites, themes, projects, and applications, the Commercial license is the appropriate license. With this option, your source code is kept proprietary. Read more about Flickity commercial licensing.

Once purchased, you’ll receive a commercial license PDF and be all set to use Flickity in your commercial applications.

Commercial licenses are no longer available for Flickity v1. Upgrade to Flickity v2 to purchase a current commercial license.

Open source license

If you are creating an open source application under a license compatible with the GNU GPL license v3, you may use Flickity under the terms of the GPLv3. Read more about Flickity open source licensing.

Getting started

Include the Flickity .css and .js files in your site.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="/path/to/flickity.css" media="screen">
<script src="/path/to/flickity.pkgd.min.js"></script>

Flickity works on a container carousel element with a group of cell elements.

<div class="main-carousel">
  <div class="carousel-cell">...</div>
  <div class="carousel-cell">...</div>
  <div class="carousel-cell">...</div>

There are several ways to initialize Flickity.

Initialize with jQuery

You can use Flickity as a jQuery plugin: $('selector').flickity().

  // options
  cellAlign: 'left',
  contain: true

Initialize with Vanilla JavaScript

You can use Flickity with vanilla JS: new Flickity( elem ). The Flickity() constructor accepts two arguments: the carousel element and an options object.

var elem = document.querySelector('.main-carousel');
var flkty = new Flickity( elem, {
  // options
  cellAlign: 'left',
  contain: true

// element argument can be a selector string
//   for an individual element
var flkty = new Flickity( '.main-carousel', {
  // options

Initialize with HTML

You can initialize Flickity in HTML, without writing any JavaScript. Add js-flickity to the class of the carousel element. Options can be set with a data-flickity-options attribute.

<div class="main-carousel js-flickity"
  data-flickity-options='{ "cellAlign": "left", "contain": true }'>

Options set in HTML must be valid JSON. Keys need to be quoted, for example "cellAlign":. Note that the attribute value uses single quotes ', but the JSON entities use double-quotes ".



At the end of cells, wrap-around to the other end for infinite scrolling.

wrapAround: true


Enables content to be freely scrolled and flicked without aligning cells to an end position.

freeScroll: true

Enable freeScroll and contain for a simple horizontal scroller.

freeScroll: true,
contain: true,
// disable previous & next buttons and dots
prevNextButtons: false,
pageDots: false

Enable freeScroll and wrapAround and you can flick forever, man.

freeScroll: true,
wrapAround: true


Automatically advances to the next cell.

Auto-playing will pause when mouse is hovered over, and resume when mouse is hovered off. Auto-playing will stop when the carousel is clicked or a cell is selected.

autoPlay: true
// advance cells every 3 seconds
autoPlay: 1500 // {Number}
// advance cells ever {Number} milliseconds
// 1500 will advance cells every 1.5 seconds


You can enable and disable Flickity with CSS. watchCSS option watches the content of :after of the carousel element. Flickity is enabled if :after content is 'flickity'.

IE8 and Android 2.3 do not support watching :after. Flickity will be disabled when watchCSS: true. Set watchCSS: 'fallbackOn' to enable Flickity for these browsers.

watchCSS: true
// enable Flickity in CSS when
// element:after { content: 'flickity' }
// Flickity is disabled for IE8 and Android 2.3
/* enable Flickity by default */
.carousel:after {
  content: 'flickity';
  display: none; /* hide :after */

@media screen and ( min-width: 768px ) {
  /* disable Flickity for large devices */
  .carousel:after {
    content: '';

View all options


Flickity makes beautiful image galleries.

<div class="carousel js-flickity"
  data-flickity-options='{ "imagesLoaded": true, "percentPosition": false }'>
  <img src="orange-tree.jpg" alt="orange tree" />
  <img src="submerged.jpg" alt="submerged" />
  <img src="look-out.jpg" alt="look-out" />


Unloaded images have no size, which can throw off cell positions. To fix this, the imagesLoaded option re-positions cells once their images have loaded.

imagesLoaded: true

imagesLoaded requires the flickity-imagesloaded package. It already is included with flickity.pkgd.js, but not with Flickity as a stand-alone package. If you are using Browserify or RequireJS without flickity.pkgd.js, you need to install and require flickity-imagesloaded separately. See details in Extras.


Loads cell images when a cell is selected.

Set the image's URL to load with data-flickity-lazyload.

<img data-flickity-lazyload="full.jpg" />
<!-- Set optional placeholder src -->
<img src="placeholder.jpg" data-flickity-lazyload="full.jpg" />
lazyLoad: true
// lazyloads image in selected cell
<div class="carousel">
  <div class="carousel-cell">
    <img class="carousel-cell-image"
      data-flickity-lazyload="tulip.jpg" />
  <div class="carousel-cell">
    <img class="carousel-cell-image"
      data-flickity-lazyload="grapes.jpg" />

Set lazyLoad to a number to load images in adjacent cells.

lazyLoad: 2
// load images in selected cell
// and next 2 cells
// and previous 2 cells

Edit this demo on CodePen

After loading the image, Flickity will add flickity-lazyloaded class to the image, or flickity-lazyerror to a broken image. You can use this class to add a transition when images are loaded.

/* fade in image when loaded */
.carousel-cell-image {
  transition: opacity 0.4s;
  opacity: 0;

.carousel-cell-image.flickity-lazyerror {
  opacity: 1;

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