Miscellaneous / Utility Functions

Utility Functions

This page contains a summary of some common scenarios you may find when using jsPlumb, and what functions jsPlumb offers to help you.

Repainting an element or elements

Assuming you use jsPlumb.draggable to initialise your draggable elements, you do not typically need to instruct jsPlumb to repaint. However, there are times when you need to, for instance:

  • you have resized an element and you need jsPlumb to recompute the location of Endpoints on that element
  • you have moved an element programmatically
  • you didn't actually use jsPlumb.draggable to initialise some draggable element.

To force a repaint, use:


The argument el can be a number of different datatypes:

  • a string, representing the id of some element
  • a list of strings, representing the ids of some elements
  • a DOM element
  • a list of DOM elements
  • a selector from your underlying library

Repainting everything

To repaint everything:


Element Ids

jsPlumb uses element ids as keys for Connections and Endpoints, so if an element id changes, jsPlumb needs to know about it. You can either have jsPlumb do it for you:

jsPlumb.setId(el, newId);

or tell jsPlumb about it afterwards:

jsPlumb.setIdChanged(oldId, newId);