360° - Zoom
2D - Zoom
Mouseover zoom
3D - Zoom
Demo watermark: - Enabled - Disabled
Enabling watermark allows effective protection of Your original source images without any compromises.
Load tiles directly: - Enabled - Disabled
Loading image tiles directly does not allow effective image protection, except when image tiles are watermarked too - see above demo option.
Note: The above options are just a couple out of more than 400 options that can be changed! Please take a look at other examples and documentaion.

Latest news

2015-03-15 Ver. 4.2.1 released. All examples reviewed or replaced. New functions, several optimizations.

2013-02-18 Ver. 4.0.1 released. Countless bugfixes and new features such as long-awaited hotspots and AJAX-ZOOM hybris plugin.

2012-11-25 smoother animations on desktop computers (patch Ver. 3.3.0)

2012-01-30 3D VR (multirow Z axis) implemented. See this example.

2012-01-18 Pinch Zoom (gesture zoom) beta version released.

2011-09-18 - Magento implementation has been completly revised. Now AJAX-ZOOM can be displayed in at least 4 different mods, e.g. as flyout zoom (mouseover zoom) with dynamic imaging.

2011-08-03 - Ver. 3.3.0 Runs very smooth on iPad.

2011-07-15 - Ver. 3.2.2 Now image tiles can be watermarked.

2011-05-29 - Ver. 3.2.0 Fullscreen mode.

2011-04-06 - Ver. 3.1.0 New interesting example - hover over the image zoom.

2011-03-06 - Ver. 3.0.2 Patch 2011-03-06 The preload process for 360 degree spin images has been accelerated up to 10 times faster.

2011-02-13 - Ver. 3.0.2 Patch 2011-02-13 Integration of 360° product spinner into XT:commerce (xtcModified, VEYTON, Gambio), see this example.

2011-02-06 - Ver. 3.0.2 Patch 2011-02-06 Integration of 360° product spinners into Magento, see this example.

2010-12-14 - Ver. 3.0.2+ Added basic support for touch events on mobile devices like iPhone / iPad etc.

2010-11-22 - Ver. 3.0.1+ VR Objects 360° - 3D Spin & Zoom feature, see this example.

2010-10-24 - Now works on Windows localhost, e.g. with XAMPP.

2010-10-20 - Added compatibility to xt:Commerce VEYTON 4.

2010-10-18 - Ver. 2.1.6+ Oxid eSales Plugin.

2010-10-11 - Ver. 2.1.5+ added support for JPG, TIF, PNG, BMP, GIF und PSD image types.

2010-09-14 - Patch to Ver. 2.1.4 No need to adjust the paths for quick testing manually any more. The paths are detected automatically.

2010-07-28 - xt:Commerce, xtcModified plugin is released with Ver. 2.1.3. See the xt:Commerce demo store.

2010-06-26 - Magento store extension is released with Ver. 2.1.0. See the Magento demo store.

2010-06-10 - since version 2.0.0 it is possible to load image tiles directly without stitching them together serverside. Here is an example of this new feature.

Modules & Plugins Ecommerce

Magento 360 spin & zoom See AJAX-ZOOM in action on Magento
Integration quide
XT:commerce 360 spin & zoom See AJAX-ZOOM in action on xt:Commerce (xtcModified, Gambio, VEYTON 4)
Integration quide
Oxid product zoom See AJAX-ZOOM in action on Oxid eSales
Integration quide
hybris zoom 360 spin See AJAX-ZOOM in action on hybris multichannel commerce (no php)
  More coming soon...
6.0+ 2.0+ 2.0+ 1.0+ 9.5+ 2.0+ 4.0+ Pinch zoom, tap zoom,


AJAX-ZOOM is a powerful image zoom & pan plugin with 360° rotate option, jQuery image gallery option based on jQuery (JavaScript) and PHP. It is a completely packaged and free / low cost jQuery zoom solution to present high resolution images on the web. With over 300 other options AJAX-ZOOM is very flexible regarding it's appearance and can be seamlessly integrated into any website - branding free!

AJAX-ZOOM doesn't require any browser plugins such as Flash, Java or Silverlight. It works great on iPhone/iPad and other mobile devices.

AJAX-ZOOM is perfect for E-Commerce, extended product presentations and other applications, where high quality images make the difference.

AJAX-ZOOM can also protect high resolution images. Thus AJAX-ZOOM allows photographers and digital stock photography companies to present the real quality of an original sized image without being worry about copyright infringement.

AJAX-ZOOM does not require any cost-intensive investments in hardware. There is also no need to install a third party imaging server. All You need is a standard web server with PHP or hosting account to make AJAX-ZOOM work on Your website.

As a Phalanger compiled version AJAX-ZOOM can run as 64bit application on ASP.NET. Besides the "native" PHP GDlib functions AJAX-ZOOM supports ImageMagick® for optimized speed and quality.

AJAX-ZOOM can proceed images "On-The-Fly" or it can batch convert thousands of images with just a couple of steps. This means that AJAX-ZOOM can be integrated into already productive websites filled with any number of products and images within a shortest period of time. Give it a try!

Reasons Why

  • AJAX zoom is not SaaS / ASP (Application Service Provider) application. Everything is on Your server fully controlled by You!
  • No recurring costs, free updates.
  • Continuously under development. Custom modifications on demand.
  • iPad ready.
  • Stepless Zoom, Pan and Crop interface with mousewheel support (zoom to point).
  • 360° spin & zoom support (3D object rotate)
  • iPhone / iPad support.
  • Fullscreen view.
  • Various image protection options, dynamic watermarking / annotating.
  • Source images and tiles never load into cache! The source folders can be .htpasswd protected.
  • Powered by the popular jQuery javascript library, which is a future-proof investment.
  • No plugins like Flash, Java or Silverlight required.
  • Compatible with all major browsers.
  • Supports JPG, TIF, PNG, BMP, GIF und PSD image types (TIF & PSD only with "Imagemagick")
  • Works with any DOCTYPE, also in quirks mode!
  • Skinable over CSS and more than 300 customizing parameters controlling colors, layout, size and behavior. In fact almost every possible option is configurable.
  • Branding free. Ajax loader and the background can be replaced with your own images.
  • Native PHP GDlib and ImageMagick support.
  • Build in galleries: vertical (left, right), horizontal (top, bottom) and "inline", all with a slideshow option.
  • Single source imaging - "on-the-fly" generation of all necessary thumbnails and tiles from one master image.
  • Batch conversion with a single php file - can easyly be integrated into any CMS.
  • Many different ways of integration!
  • Several API methods to control behaviors like zoom to a specified image area in this example, load a different photo or entire picture set, thus making AJAX-ZOOM easily extandable.
  • Can easily be integrated with or into popular "lightbox clones" that support Ajax content or Iframes.
  • All the freedom to generate a php array with the required images - static, dynamic from any database, directory or whatever. Commented examples are provided.

Image Protection

Image pyramid

In order to understand why AJAX-ZOOM provides solid protection to your photos it is necessary to understand how image zoom technology normally works:

The most efficient way to provide high resolution imaging on the web can be achieved by making an "image pyramid" out of the source image and cut it into small tiles, see the scheme to the right. Whenever the user requests a portion of the image only the needed tiles of a level are sent to the client's browser. However, since this tiles are loaded by the client's browser or can be accessed over http, they can be easily reassembled (stitched back together), thus restoring the entire original image. To get worse - this procedure can be automated.

In its core AJAX-ZOOM uses the same image pyramid technology, but instead of sending the tiles directly to the browser AJAX-ZOOM can put them first together on the server side, optionally watermark the zoomified image and only then send the requested portion as one picture to the client. Neither the tiles nor the original image are ever loaded by the client. Both server locations - with the original images and tiles - can be .htpasswd or otherwise protected.

Optionally AJAX-ZOOM can crop from the original image without making the tiles. This procedure is however slow and highly memory-consuming. The fastest way however is to load the image tiles directly as described above. From version 2.0.0 on it is also possible with AJAX-ZOOM, see this example.

Navigation Interface

  • Mousewheel zooms in and out
  • Left mouse click zooms in
  • Right mouse click zooms out
  • Shift + left mouse click zooms out too
  • Tool selection: select area for zoom in
  • Tool selection: pan within the zoomified image

Integration Example

There are numerous ways of how to integrate AJAX-ZOOM into your HTML. The easiest way to explore the possibilities is checking the examples. There is no "best" integration solution as it depends on how AJAX-ZOOM needs to be displayed, e.g. in a lighbox, how the information about the desired images is passed (see Defining the images) and it depends on your possibilities to edit the sourcefiles of a content management system, blog or online store.

The following example represents only one posible solution:

		<!-- Put the placeholder DIV where ever in the <body> -->
		<div id="test">This id a placeholder DIV</div>
		<script type="text/javascript">
		// Create new object
		var ajaxZoom = {}; 
		// Define the path to the axZm folder
		ajaxZoom.path = "/axZm/"; 
		// Define your custom parameter query string
		ajaxZoom.parameter = "zoomData=/pic/zoom/fashion/some_image.jpg|/bilder/ordner1/test.png&example=8"; 
		// The ID of the element where ajax-zoom has to be inserted into
		ajaxZoom.divID = "test";
		<!-- Include the loader file -->
		<script type="text/javascript" src="/axZm/jquery.axZm.loader.js"></script>

Future Versions

As we are constantly trying to improve our software, Your wishes, objections and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Please do not hesitate to contact us or leave a comment.

  • Velocity spin.
  • Easy CDN support probably starting from Amazon S3.
  • Integration with Adobe scene7 image server.
  • Allow more then one instance per page.
  • More skins.
  • Page flip?
  • IOS 6 Fixes - done.
  • Touchscreen gestures for zoom in/out - done.
  • Hotspots integration - done (http://www.ajax-zoom.com/examples/example33.php)
  • Z-axis as extension for 360° spin and zoom - done.
  • Integration in various ecommerce platforms and CMS - in progress.
  • ASP .NET version? Works best with Phalanger - done. Better handling in coming.
  • 3D (360° spin and zoom an object) - done.
  • 360° spin and zoom for Magento - done.
  • Fullscreen mod - done.
  • 360° spin and zoom for XT:Commerce (VEYTON 4, xtcModified), Oxid - done.
  • Full iPod / iPhone & co. touchpad events support - done.
  • Slider for zoom in and out - done
  • Defineable position for image map, also outside of main container - done.


  • Currently only one instance per page is possible. Still there are various ways to present infinit number of images on a page, e.g. as in this example.
  • Opera browser does not support right click on default. It has to be activated in browser settings. Older Opera versions do not support right click at all.
  • Licensed version will only function under the registered domain name(s). The demo/free version can be tested and developed on localhost. For an additional charge the unlimited version can be purchased to be used on intranet. Please contact the support for more information.

Licence / Prices

License Images Resolution Branding Support Price PHP ASP.NET
Light 500 3.2 MP AJAX-ZOOM pre-sale Free Free
Evaluation 500 no limits AJAX-ZOOM pre-sale Free Free
Developer 500 no limits AJAX-ZOOM - - -
Basic 500 no limits - yes €129.00* €179.00*
Standard 1.500 no limits - yes €199.00* €299.00*
Business 5.000 no limits - yes €349.00* €499.00*
Corporate 10.000 no limits - yes €549.00* €799.00*
Enterprise 20.000 no limits - yes €949.00* €1399.00*
Unlimited no limits no limits - priority €1499.00* €1949.00*

* All prices are excluding VAT; in the EU (European Union) this offer exclusively addresses professional customers which have a valid VAT-ID; this does not affect customers from outside of the European Union; for customers located in Germany 19% German VAT will be added (zuzüglich 19% MwSt); If you are from an EU country and do not have a valid VAT-ID yet, then please ask your web development company which has a valid VAT-ID to purchase AJAX-ZOOM for you; if for some reason this is not possible, then please contact AJAX-ZOOM support; prices are subject to change without notice.

Number images info: if you have an online shop with 1.200 products and on average three product images, You will need a license which can handle up to 3.600 images - in this case the "Business" license.

For 360° rotate / spin tool each frame counts as one image.   If you have 250 product spins with 36 frames each You would need a "Corporate" license (9.000 images).

For upgrades between license types see "Version Updates and Upgrades" in the license agreement. Please find the license agreement and other additional information in the download section.

Multistore (Master & Slave) with different domain names: the license price for an additional domain is 30% of the main license price, but not less than the regular price of the "Business" license. To receive an offer / invoice please contact.

Comments (124)

2015-01-13 07:18:56
Really zoom over function will very nice.
Vadim Jacobi
2014-08-29 20:32:24
Vadim Jacobi
Enzo: there are quite many options to work with hotspots and ofcourse you can use different images, sizes, actions and so on. If you could send me some more detailed draft or maybe even a mockup of what you will be developing, then I could tell you if this is possible with AJAX-ZOOM.
2014-08-29 20:07:25
Hello, can I have more options to select on hotspot, like colors or other? My idea is to integrate ajax -zoom into my website (asp.net) for configuring bikes(frames, forks, wheel, etc).
Thank you
Vadim Jacobi
2014-06-18 19:22:18
Vadim Jacobi
Hello Hans, stitching is not provided. This is a task of desktop software and there is plenty of it on the web. Zooming to certain coordinates is possible with the API zoomTo (please check the documentation). It is possible to define zoom level with x1, y1 coordinates or x1, y1, x2, y2 coordinates and some other parameters. Next version 4.1.9 will even provide an online utility to ease the setup of defining these values.
2014-06-18 18:59:55
1) Do you provide stitching of multiple (40 - 50) high res pictures?

2) Then, do you provide zoom at a certain (X,Y) location?
Marsh Jaison
2014-05-27 11:47:06
Marsh Jaison
hi can we do a image rotate
Vadim Jacobi
2014-03-21 15:49:37
Vadim Jacobi
Hello Mark! Interesting question. I would say more yes than no. Depending on the layout and functionality of your application a different API set could be used. I would suggest that you contact us directly with more detailed information, thanks.
2014-03-20 18:17:01
I am curious if the solution has image draping option. Thanks.
Kobayashi Online
2014-01-28 17:14:54
Kobayashi Online
We could not be more thrilled with the excellent service and level of commitment demonstrated by Vadim. He provided us with a 3D plugin for a site we were developing, groundradar.com. He even went in so far as to Skype us when we needed technical support. Everyone at Kobayashi would like to give Vadim a big, warm thank you!
Vadim Jacobi
2013-10-16 10:21:32
Vadim Jacobi
Max: you might want to take a look at this API: http://www.ajax-zoom.com/index.php?cid=docs#api_zoomSwitchQuick

There is also an option to enable this switching for internal built galleries: http://www.ajax-zoom.com/index.php?cid=docs#gallerySwitchQuick
2013-10-16 04:56:14
It would be great if you had the before-after function. Two photos at the same dimensions and the possibility to switch from one to another while keeping the same position and zoom from the one before - this way all the details of the after image would be more relevant. Let me know if you have this feature and I've missed it.
Thank you and congratulations for a great work!
2013-08-26 08:13:12
Very useful and great zooming effect using jquery and css coding, absolutely design for product gallery, thank you for posting this lists.
2013-08-23 20:23:28
We are really looking forward to build it into our Shop System
2013-03-28 08:47:42
really like the zoom option is just amazing..thanks..:)
Vadim Jacobi
2013-02-18 22:31:38
Vadim Jacobi
Hi People. Thanks for all your suggestions and bug reports. We finally released Ver. 4.0 with clickable hotspot support. Take a look at http://www.ajax-zoom.com/examples/example33.php There is an other example which is worth to take a look at: http://www.ajax-zoom.com/examples/example32.php If you have any other suggestions and remarks, do not hesitate to drop us you thoughts.
Vadim Jacobi
2012-09-13 22:01:05
Vadim Jacobi
To all of You who was asking about clickable / mouseover etc. hotspots: the next AJAX-ZOOM version 4.0 will definitely support hotspots! At 2D, 360 and 3D modes, at all zoom levels and at fullscreen mode. Basically it is already working on our prototype, we just need to write an API for handling it (the easy but intriguing part). Hopefully this will be the last new feature among many, many others in version 4.0 so we will be able to present it to You shortly.
2012-08-09 07:24:20
how to save the file? Can it be used with java B/e
Subbu Vadali
2012-07-20 20:35:57
Subbu Vadali
We are looking at this tool to integrate with one of our products and certainly require some customization. A couple of such things are: adding annotations, on demand highlighting of text inside the images etc.. Can you please give me details on what would it cost to add these customizations? We are looking at an unlimited .NET version.
2012-05-21 10:33:08
Hey guys.

Great plugin, but is it possible to integrate it in to a site that does not use PHP or ASP.NET?

We're looking at incorporating this in to a few of our e-commerce sites.

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