Created: 2008-06-08 18:48
Updated: 2019-02-15 15:22
License: mit


Facebook-style tooltip plugin for jQuery

(c) 2008-2010 Jason Frame (

Released under The MIT License.


tipsy is a simple jQuery plugin for generating Facebook-style tooltips.

It's used by Twitter, Github, Slideshare and Bitbucket, amongst others.



Hosted at GitHub; browse at:

Or clone from:



  1. Copy the contents of src/{images,javascripts,stylesheets} to the corresponding asset directories in your project. If the relative path of your images directory from your stylesheets directory is not "../images", you'll need to adjust tipsy.css appropriately.

  2. Insert the neccesary elements in your document's <head> section, e.g.:

     <script type='text/javascript' src='/javascripts/jquery.tipsy.js'></script>
     <link rel="stylesheet" href="/stylesheets/tipsy.css" type="text/css" />

Remember to include jquery.tipsy.js after including the main jQuery library.

  1. Initialise Tipsy in your document.onload, e.g.:

     <script type='text/javascript'>
      $(function() {
        $('a[rel=tipsy]').tipsy({fade: true, gravity: 'n'});

Please refer to the docs directory for more examples and documentation.

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