npm i jquery.pointy


A jQuery plugin that dynamically points one element at another ~

by Rob Garrison

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A jQuery plugin that dynamically points one element at another.


  • Pointy will create an arrow, at any angle, pointing from the pointer to the pointee (Pointy).
  • Minimal setup with only one required option - setting the pointer.
  • The background & border color of the arrow will automatically be matched to the pointer, unless overriding options are set.
  • Additional options allow setting the arrow base width & border width.


  • jQuery v1.7+ is the only dependency.
  • jQuery UI draggable is used in these demos, but any draggable plugin may be used.
  • The outer width & height of the elements is used in calculation, so any margin on the pointer will offset the arrow placement.
  • Canvas is used to add an arrow which points from one element to another, so there is limited css effect on the arrow background & border colors.

To Do

  • Allow multiple pointers per pointee.


<script src="js/jquery.min.js"></script>
<!-- using jQuery UI draggable -->
<script src="js/jquery-ui.min.js"></script>
<script src="js/jquery.pointy.js"></script>

  // $pointer points at $pointy
  var $pointer = $('.label.pointer'),

    // initialize pointy (showing all options; but not all defaults)
    $pointy = $('.repo-name').pointy({
      pointer      : $pointer,
      arrowWidth   : 10, // width of pointer base
      borderWidth  : 1,  // pointer stroke width
      flipAngle    : 45, // angle @ which to flip pointer to a closer side
      defaultClass : '', // additional class name added to the pointer & the arrow (canvas)
      activeClass  : 'pointy-active', // class added to base & pointer on updating

      // optional; if not set, plugin will attempt to match the base color
      borderColor     : null,
      backgroundColor : null,

      // tweaks
      useOffset : null

  // Using jQuery UI draggable (any draggable code will work)
    containment : '.top',
    drag : function() {


Documentation & Demos


v1.0.2-beta (3/22/2016)

  • Docs: correction to "trigger" destroy method.
  • Update dependencies.
  • Add repo to bower.

v1.0.1-beta (4/28/2015)

  • Fix npm package name.
  • Add pointer-events:none to canvas; this allows clicking through the pointy arrow.
  • Update keyboard demo code to refresh pointy arrow on textarea resize.
  • Update jQuery to v1.11.2.

v1.0.0-beta (3/14/2015)

  • Initial release
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