Zoom Image is small user script I originally wrote back in 2005 for Greasemonkey and Opera but nowadays Chrome (out of the box) and Safari (through GreaseKit) users could use it too. The basic idea is pretty simple - the script displays a small toolbar with some buttons in the top left corner of any image when you hover it allowing easily to zoom in/out just the image without the need to zoom the whole page.

It may seem a pretty insignificant addition to your browser's features at first sight but, at least for me, it has proven to be a really handy one and I have not stopped using it in my main browser (Opera) since I first wrote it. BTW, the original version of the script was featured in Mark Pilgrim's Greasemonkey Hacks book which means at least one other user found it useful. 😀

Anyway, I am now publishing v2.0 which brings some nice improvements over the previous release.

What's new in v2.0

  • you can now even easier zoom in/out the image by using the mouse wheel too - just hover the toolbar (any button) and use the mouse wheel (if you have one, that is :P)
  • rewritten OO code allowing easily to add more custom buttons
  • improved look (arguably) of the menu/buttons including light and dark style
  • added optional show fade-in animation - disabled by default as it might become obtrusive over time (at least for me it does)

User Configuration

The script includes the following options which you could tweak to your liking:

zoomFactorClick = 1.5,		// zoom in/out by this factor each time
zoomFactorMouseWheel = 1.2,	// just hover the toolbar (any button) and use the wheel
showTimeout = 1.2,		// seconds
minimalImageWidth = 60,		// minimal width of the images the toolbar is activated for
minimalImageHeight = 50,	// minimal height of the images the toolbar is activated for
opacity = 0.80,			// opacity for the toolbar
fade = false,			// use fade animation when showing the toolbar
darkStyle = false,		// use dark style for the toolbar
zIndexFix = true;		// try to keep the zoomed image on top of other elements on the page

Adding More Custom Buttons

As mentioned, the script is now rewritten and allows more easily adding custom buttons to the toolbar. You can create a custom button like this:

var myButton = new Button(name, className, title, contentHTML, handlers);

And then append it to the toolbar like this:


Example: Adding an "open" button

Here is a quick example how to add an "open" button which when clicked, loads the image in a new blank browser window:

var openButton = new Button('openButton', 'text-button', 'Open Image in New Window', 'open', {
	click: function() {

I have added this button at the end of the Zoom Image code as well as another button "size" which when clicked reports the original dimensions of the image in a JavaScript alert popup. These buttons are disabled by default (the code is commented out) but you could enable them if you like.

Download / Install

Here is a direct link to the latest version available in the code repository:


The code is hosted on GitHub:

git clone git://github.com/vadikom/zoom-image.git