Miscellaneous / Zooming


A fairly common requirement with the sorts of applications that use jsPlumb is the ability to zoom in and out. As of release 1.5.0 there is a way to do this for browsers that support CSS3 (meaning, essentially, everything except IE < 9).

In the Toolkit edition, with the Surface widget, zooming is handled automatically for you. In the Community edition you have to manage it yourself.

Changing zoom requires that you do two things:

  1. Set a transform property on the Container
  • Tell jsPlumb what the zoom level is.


To use jsPlumb you need to specify some element that will be the parent of all of your elements and the jsPlumb artefacts. We refer to this as the Container. If you're unfamiliar with this, take a look at this page.

The first step in changing the zoom of some Community Edition instance is to manipulate the transform property of that element.

Let's say we have some div whose id is drawing, and we're going to use that as the Container:

var myInstance = jsPlumb.newInstance({Container:"drawing"});

CSS transform property

Now to set the zoom to 0.75, say, we change the transform property accordingly. Remember that transform is one of those properties that have several vendor prefix versions, so there are several ways to do what I've got here, and, given that you're probably a computer programmer, you've most likely got a favourite. But anyway, here's something.



You now need to tell your jsPlumb instance about the new zoom level:


A Helper Function

Maybe you'd like to just grab this:

window.setZoom = function(zoom, instance, transformOrigin, el) {
  transformOrigin = transformOrigin || [ 0.5, 0.5 ];
  instance = instance || jsPlumb;
  el = el || instance.getContainer();
  var p = [ "webkit", "moz", "ms", "o" ],
      s = "scale(" + zoom + ")",
      oString = (transformOrigin[0] * 100) + "% " + (transformOrigin[1] * 100) + "%";

  for (var i = 0; i < p.length; i++) {
    el.style[p[i] + "Transform"] = s;
    el.style[p[i] + "TransformOrigin"] = oString;

  el.style["transform"] = s;
  el.style["transformOrigin"] = oString;



  • el is a DOM element. You don't have to pass in el; if you do not, it uses the Container from the jsPlumb instance.
  • transformOrigin is optional; it defaults to [0.5, 0.5] - the middle of the element (this is the browser default too)
  • instance is an instance of jsPlumb - either jsPlumb, the static instance, or some instance you got through jsPlumb.newInstance(...). The function will default to using the static instance of jsPlumb if you do not provide one.
  • zoom is a decimal where 1 means 100%.