We have seen enough samples of the countdown features in most site like RapidShare, MegaUpload etc that allows you to download files but make you wait specified number of seconds before giving you the download link. We have probably also seen sites that are not online yet using a countdown to tell visitors to come back in a very dynamic manner. A countdown script has a lot of useful cases and the good news is that there are some really good jQuery scripts you can use for your site.
Check out our list of 10 Awesome jQuery Count Down Scripts below. Enjoy!
Update 03/01/2012: Another good one: jQuery Counter Plugin.
Update 29/09/2013: Added jQuery later.js Plugin
1. jQuery Countdown with Background and Overlay
Really cool countdown script. There is a full package for download with script, images, CSS etc.
2. littlewebthings CountDown
3. jQuery Countdown plugin that doesn’t suck!
This countdown has a great animation.
4. The Great Cornholio Countdown
Very simple countdown, all it does is it transforms a sql timestamp (YYYYMMDDHHMMSS) into a countdown timer.
5. jQuery Countdown
This is a jQuery plugin that sets a div or span to show a countdown to a given time. There are tons of options available and everything is supported by good examples and code snippets.
6. Countdown timer jQuery Plugin
A simple jQuery Plugin that countdowns how long it is from a date. Very easy to use and a good download package with everything needed to get started.
7. jQuery CountDown Plugin
This script allows you to create a rapidshare.com like countdown and to animate the CSS font-size of each second and present a reward at the end.
8. KK Countdown
Plug-in counts time to a particular date in the future.
9. The Final Countdown
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A really simple and abstract date countdown plugin for jQuery.
10. Fancy Countdown
A fancy countdown timer which is visually stunning. It looks like the one Google I/O used in their website.
jQuery later.js Plugin
Later works in both the browser (IE7+, FireFox, Chrome, Safari) and Node.js environments. Simply include the library to get access to the Later namespace and all functionality.
Sam Deering has 15+ years of programming and website development experience. He was a website consultant at Console, ABC News, Flight Centre, Sapient Nitro, and the QLD Government and runs a tech blog with over 1 million views per month. Currently, Sam is the Founder of Crypto News, Australia.
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