Feb 21 2008

37+ Great Ajax, CSS Tab-Based Interfaces


Over the last few years web-developers have developed many AJAX and CSS Tab-based interfaces which became one of the most interesting techniques giving us an easy way to get information without the need to open and close multiple windows at the same time.

We’ve spent hours searching for the best Tab-based interfaces using CSS only, CSS/Ajax and tutorials which would help you create your own Ajax or CSS Tab-based interfaces.

You might be interested to take a look at the links below:

We’d like to present the results of our search:

The Autochanging Tabs

1) Easy Tabs 1.2 with autochange- You can now set the autochange mode to one of your tab menus.

2) Rotating jQuery tabs

3) Slideshow Tab Content Script-"- Supports "slideshow" mode, in which script automatically cycles through and selects each tab periodically until a tab is explicitly selected.

Sliding Tabs

4) Sliding Tabs- Sliding Tabs is a mootools plugin which adds a pretty neat effect. It’s a clone of something seen on Panic Software’s Coda site, which in turn is very heavily inspired by a widget used in the iTunes Music Store.

5) Coda-Slider- Amazing jQuery Coda-Slider can be used for Nice, slick content presentation.

6) Perspective tabs- Formerly Sliding Tabs uses mootools that allows for a lagre number of tabs to fit into a small space.

Ajax Tab Content

7) Ajax Tabs Content Script- This is a versatile Ajax Tabs Content script that lets you display content pulled from external files inside a DIV and organized via CSS tabs.

Closeable Tabs

8 ) Tab Panes- Two Versions with close and add panes.

9) Closeable Tabs Module- The Closeable Tab widget allows tabs to be removed.

Must see Examples

10) Fabtabulous- Simple tabs using Prototype

11) JQuery TabContainer Theme-JQuery style fade animation that runs as the user navigates between selected tabs

12) moo.fx Tab Accordion- Tab Accordion script using moo.fx

13) MooTabs- MooTabs is a tiny(3kb) class for MooTools. As the name suggests, it’s main purpose is to help out with the creation of simple tab navigation.

14) TabView component- The TabView component is designed to enable developers to create navigable tabbed views of content.

15) Fancy Sliding Tab Menu- This cool menu is developed in script.aculo.us

16) Control.Tabs- Unobtrusive CSS tabs for Prototype.js

17) Zapatec Ajax Tabs- This demo uses the Zapatec AJAX Transport layer to transfer the tab contents dynamically.

Ajax Tab Generators

18) 15daysofjquery- jQuery Tabs A simple form that you can use to generate the markup for the tabs.

Advanced Tab Techniques

19) Advanced Tabs This TabPanel is built entirely with javascript and demonstrates: Auto tab resizing, Tab scrolling, Tabs with icons, Tab plugins (context menu), Adding tabs with JS.

20) Floating window with tabs This script is based on simple ordinary div tags. This makes it very easy to set up. Put in your HTML content and call a javascript function to initialize the window.

21) AJAX Tabs (Rails redux) The Concept here is using Ajax to load information that does not need to be retrieved every time the user pulls the record.

22) Ajax Tabs Reloaded User can add or remove tabs (and content) without refreshing the page.

23) JQuery Nested Tab

CSS Only Tabs

24) Cross browser tabbed pages with embeded links NO javascript – just CSS – and it validates. Just hover over the tabs to display a page of text with a picture and embeded links. A working scroll bar is added for each page as required.

25) CSS Tabs The goal was to build CSS tabs without using any images or hacks and with as little CSS as possible.

26) CSS-driven tabs

27) CSS-driven tabs

28) CSS Tabs- Based on Joshua Kaufman’s version

29) Hidden Tab menu A simple hidden tab menu that opens when the tab is hovered.

30) Inverted Sliding Doors tabs- Inverted tabs means that they are bottom-aligned, and as text size is increased, more and more of the tabs is revealed from the top down, instead of from the bottom up as in the original Sliding Doors technique.

31) Updated Simple CSS Tabs- CSS Tabs with nested menu.

32) CSS Tabs with Submenus- This is a way of accomplishing tabs and subnavigation using only CSS and nested unordered lists.

33) Simplified CSS Tabs

34) Tabs- Using CSS to build a tabbed display. One where the user can click on individual tabs to view different content within the same space.

Ajax Tab Tutorials

35) Dynamic Ajax Tabs in 20 Lines Dynamic Ajax Tabs in only 17 lines of code thanks to the Prototype Javascript framework.

36) Building Tabbed Content This workshop we will be building a tabbed content browser that’s Ajax powered. When ever a user clicks a tab the Ajax will communicate with the server and send back the appropriate data for that tab.

37) CSS Tabs- A great tutorial to teach us how to create a css tabs.

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Comments and Discussions
  • yusuf, 21 February 2008

    this is one of the best links i have ever found anywhere. thanks very much.

  • peiman, 21 February 2008

    WOW! Thanks

  • Robert, 21 February 2008

    Excellent post, thank you! This will surely help a lot of people.

  • Infect The System, 21 February 2008

    This is one of the better resources I have seen lately. I definitely will be using a couple of these on my upcoming re-design of my website.

  • Xoff, 21 February 2008

    OMG, so awesome!!!!!!!!!

  • bali web designer, 22 February 2008

    amazing !, great list and thanks for sharing this, certainly will help many ppl.

  • mumino, 23 February 2008

    wow really good. I see a lot of options.. some of them, I never think….

  • Tom, 25 February 2008

    Nice collection, I really appreciate accessible examples (ex. Coda Slider), that works even with js disabled.

  • Braintrove.com, 26 February 2008

    Good collection. Thanks.

  • Geek, 04 March 2008

    wwoooww thanks a lot, there is a month that i’m searching a tab func.

    I have to use the green one. is really cool


  • Shane, 30 March 2008

    A great ajax resource, thank u!

  • Noupe, 02 April 2008

    Thanks everyone, stay tuned for our next ajax post:)

  • Aranea, 21 April 2008

    Thank you!

  • palPalani, 25 April 2008

    awesome collections!

    thanks for for your great work!

  • Saravanan.R, 04 May 2008

    Really Cool Stuff.

  • Deno, 16 May 2008

    This are very good CSS tabs. Looks nice. Thanks

  • SasaVtech, 01 June 2008

    This is such a fantastic resource of AJAX tabbing!
    Many thanks!

  • WOW! Thanks

  • Imran, 18 June 2008

    Just 1 word to describe this web page


  • tvbtorrent, 18 June 2008

    is there any tabs that have side tabs instead of top tabs?

    all the tabs that i found have top tabs implemented. i’m looking for a side tabs function as i need to to display quite a lot of tab window.

  • docwho, 24 June 2008


    Great coda-slider!

    Thanks a lot!

  • SD, 15 July 2008

    Dude, this really is sweet! thx

  • Chuks, 18 July 2008

    This is amazingly helpful to the project I am developing

  • M@rtijn, 26 July 2008

    Thank you so much!

  • Ivan, 29 July 2008

    This one could extend the list:
    http://dhtmlx.com/docs/products/dhtmlxTabbar/ – Ajax-enabled Tabs control for creating dynamic tabbed-navigation interface.

  • Mohd SAkib, 04 August 2008

    Its exactly what I was looking for, thanks for such a gr8 list

  • webmaster blog, 05 August 2008

    thank you very good menus.

  • Gift Bird, 05 August 2008

    I love these kind of lists. It makes it so much easier than having to scour the Internet for hours. Thanks so much for putting this together! I particularly like jQuery Nested Tab and Advanced Tabs.

  • Raju, 07 August 2008

    Nice Collection… Thank u ..

  • Yury, 08 August 2008

    thank yo for this nice collection.

    #20 Floating window with tabs what i’m looking for

  • Mahima, 19 August 2008

    Gr8.awesome stuff

  • harun, 21 August 2008

    great work thanks a lot.

  • hugo, 24 August 2008

    Excellent post, thank you! This will surely help a lot of people.

  • wordpressluv.com, 28 August 2008

    Thanks for putting this up. Real time saver!
    Liked #33: Simplified CSS Tabs

  • mike, 02 September 2008

    Some Nice collection.Thank you so much!

  • anjum, 04 September 2008

    Thank man wonderful collection of tab menus

  • madhu, 09 September 2008

    Some Nice collection.Thank you so much!

  • lords, 09 September 2008

    nice thanks

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  • Hindsuismnet, 18 September 2008

    Great collection of tab-based interfaces here. These are super ones and will help in future projects.

  • Honour Chick, 21 September 2008

    thanks alot ;)

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