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jQuery TypeIt

TypeIt is a jQuery Animation & Effects plugin.

Created by alexmacarthur

TypeIt is a jQuery animated typing plugin that types stuff for the user. You can type single or multiple strings, and even handle HTML markup. Setup & use is simple, easy, and the code is lightweight.

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Update: TypeIt is fully compatible with jQuery 3.1.1+!

TypeIt: The Most Versatile jQuery Animated Typing Plugin on the Planet

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TypeIt is the most versatile, user-friendly jQuery animated typing plugin on the planet. In simple use, it allows you to type single or multiple strings that break lines, delete & replace each other, and it even handles HTML tags & entities.

For more advanced, controlled typing effects, TypeIt comes with companion functions that can be chained to tweak your typing down to the smallest character, enabling you to type not just a few strings of text, but an entire narrative, with complete control over speed, characters, line breaks, deletions, pauses, everything.

Some of the Perks

  • Choose to start typing only when your element becomes visible on the screen.
  • Loop your string(s) continuously.
  • Define you strings via JSON or in the HTML (useful in case user doesn't have JavaScript enabled).
  • Create several unique instances on a single page.
  • Handle HTML tags (including those with classes, ID's, etc.) and entities with ease.
  • Use companion functions to chain individual commands together to fine tune your typing.
  • Supported by jQuery 1.8.0 or higher.
  • Lightweight. (~5kb, single JavaScript file)


Checkout several demos and a sandbox where you can try it out at macarthur.me/typeit.


View the full documentation for using TypeIt here: macarthur.me/typeit/docs.

Choose a License

The code is out there to check out and use for any personal project, 100% free. But if you're thinking about using TypeIt commercially, check out the license options below that'll get you full support if it's ever needed.


Get the Code

Get it from this repo, or from the following sources:

  • CDN: Include https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/jquery.typeit/4.3.0/typeit.min.js or https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/typeit/4.3.0/typeit.min.js on your page.
  • npm: Install with npm install typeit.

Hook It Up

  1. Load jQuery and typeit.js on your page.

    <script src="jquery.js"></script>
    <script src="typeit.js"></script>
  2. Create an empty HTML element to select. (If you want to have a fallback for users without JavaScript, you can put a string or strings right into this element. For more on that, see the full documentation.)

    <span class="type-it"></span>

You're ready to start typing!

Simple Usage

In it's simplest use, just call typeIt() on any element and include your options.


    strings: ['Enter your string here!', 'Another string!']

Advanced Usage

To control your typing down to the smallest character, there are five companion functions available to use. Simply chain them together following a typeIt() call on an element, and your chain will execute. You can define your global settings within the function call like usual, and can even change settings on the fly throughout the chain.

For example:

    speed: 900,
    lifeLike: false,
    autoStart: false
  .tiType('I am typing slowly,')
  .tiSettings({speed: 100})
  .tiType('but now I am typing pretty fasst')

Companion Functions

Function Arguments Description
tiType() (string) Characters (including those wrapped in HTML) to be typed. Will type the characters.
tiDelete() (number) Number of characters to be deleted from what's already been typed. Will delete the number of
tiPause() (number) Number of milliseconds to pause before continuing. Will pause the specified number of milliseconds.
tiPause() (number) Number of milliseconds to pause before continuing. Will pause the specified number of milliseconds.
tiBreak() (none) Will break the typing to a new line.
tiSettings() (JSON) Options you'd like to update Will redefine your options on the fly. This will only work for updating the speed, lifeLike, and html options.


You can modify the options for the plugin by passing in JSON.

There are a number of options you may use to customize TypeIt. For more details on these options, view the full documentation.

Option Description Default Value
strings (string or array) The string(s) to be typed. 'Your default string.'
speed (number in millseconds) The typing speed. 100
deleteSpeed (number in millseconds) The deletion speed. If left undefined, will be 1/3 of the type speed. undefined
lifeLike (boolean) Will make the typing pace irregular, as if a real person is doing it. true
cursor (boolean) Show a blinking cursor at the end of the string(s). true
cursorSpeed (number in milliseconds) The blinking speed of the cursor. 1000
breakLines (boolean) Choose whether you want multiple strings to be printed on top of each other (breakLines: true), or if you want each string to be deleted and replaced by the next one (breakLines: false). true
breakDelay (number in milliseconds) The amount of time (milliseconds) between line breaks when typing multiple strings. Only effective when breakLines: true. 750
deleteDelay (number in milliseconds) The amount of time (milliseconds) between deleting the current string and typing the next. Only effective when breakLines: false. 750
startDelete (boolean) Whether to begin instance by deleting strings inside element, and then typing what strings are defined via JSON or companion functions. false
startDelay (number in milliseconds) The amount of time before the plugin begins typing after initalizing. 250
loop (boolean) Have your string or strings continuously loop after completing. false
loopDelay (number in milliseconds) The amount of time between looping over a string or set of strings again. 750
html (boolean) Handle strings as HTML, which will process tags and HTML entities. If 'false,' strings will be typed literally. true
callback (function) A function that executes after your typing has completed. nuthin'


This project is setup with Gulp to lint & minify the JavaScript. In the root of the repo, use these commands to run these default tasks and watch for file changes (make sure Node.js, npm, and Gulp are installed on your computer):

npm install


If I've made your life eaiser in some way by creating this thing and want to kick a small "thank you" my way, I'd very much appreciate it!

PayPal: paypal.me/alexmacarthur

Venmo: venmo.com/amacarthur

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