click to enlarge in javascript

How to Click to Enlarge in JavaScript

If you want to allow your website visitors to click on an image to enlarge it, you can use JavaScript to achieve this functionality. Here's how:

Method 1: Using JavaScript and CSS

To get started, create an HTML img tag with the image that you want to enlarge. Next, wrap the img tag inside a div tag with a unique ID:

<div id="image-container">
  <img src="example.jpg" alt="Example Image">

Now, add the following CSS to your stylesheet:

#image-container {
  position: relative;

#image-container img {
  display: block;
  max-width: 100%;

#image-container:hover img {
  transform: scale(1.2);
  transition: transform 0.4s ease-in-out;

This CSS sets the position of the div to relative, which allows us to position the enlarged version of the image inside it later. It also sets the maximum width of the image to 100%, so it doesn't overflow its container.

The last rule is what enables the click-to-enlarge functionality. When the user hovers over the div, we use the :hover pseudo-class to apply a CSS transform that scales the image up by 20%. We also add a transition effect to make it smoother.

Finally, add some JavaScript to handle the click event:

var imgContainer = document.getElementById('image-container');
var img = imgContainer.getElementsByTagName('img')[0];

img.addEventListener('click', function() {
  var enlargedImg = document.createElement('img');
  enlargedImg.src = img.src; = 'absolute'; = 0; = 0; = '100%';


This JavaScript listens for a click event on the img element inside the div. When the user clicks, it creates a new img element with the same source as the original image, positions it absolutely inside the div, and sets its width to 100% to fill the container.

Method 2: Using a JavaScript Library

If you don't want to write your own JavaScript and CSS, you can use a JavaScript library like Magnific Popup to achieve the same effect with less code. Here's how:

First, include the Magnific Popup CSS and JavaScript files in your HTML:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="magnific-popup.css">
<script src="jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="jquery.magnific-popup.min.js"></script>

Next, create an HTML a tag with the text "Click to enlarge" and a data-mfp-src attribute pointing to the image you want to enlarge:

<a href="#" class="enlarge-image" data-mfp-src="example.jpg">Click to enlarge</a>

Finally, add some JavaScript to initialize the Magnific Popup plugin:

  type: 'image'

This JavaScript selects all elements with the class enlarge-image and initializes the Magnific Popup plugin with the type: 'image' option, which tells it to open the image in a popup when the user clicks.

That's it! With this method, you can easily add click-to-enlarge functionality to multiple images on your website without writing a lot of custom code.


Click-to-enlarge functionality is a great way to make your images more interactive and engaging for your website visitors. Whether you choose to write your own JavaScript and CSS or use a pre-made library like Magnific Popup, there are multiple ways to achieve this effect with relative ease.

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