A lightweight, dependency-free and responsive javascript plugin for particle backgrounds.

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particles.js is a lightweight, dependency-free and responsive javascript plugin for particle backgrounds.


There are several ways to install particles.js:
  • Download the latest version
  • Install with npm: npm install particlesjs --save
  • Use the CDN:


Include the minified JS in your HTML (right before the closing body tag).
  <script src="path/to/particles.min.js"></script>

Add a canvas element to your markup (it should be the last element)
  <canvas class="background"></canvas>
  <script src="path/to/particles.min.js"></script>

Add a few styles to your css.
body {
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;

.background {
  position: absolute;
  display: block;
  top: 0;
  left: 0;
  z-index: 0;

Initialize the plugin on the window.onload event.
window.onload = function() {
    selector: '.background'


Option | Type | Default | Description ------ | ------------- | ------------- | ----------- selector | string | - | Required: The CSS selector of your canvas element maxParticles | integer | 100 | Optional: Maximum amount of particles sizeVariations | integer | 3 | Optional: Amount of size variations speed | integer | 0.5 | Optional: Movement speed of the particles color | string or string | #000000 | Optional: Color(s) of the particles and connecting lines minDistance | integer | 120 | Optional: Distance in px for connecting lines connectParticles | boolean | false | Optional: true/false if connecting lines should be drawn or not responsive | array | null | Optional: Array of objects containing breakpoints and options
Example how to use the responsive option.


Method | Description ------ | ----------- pauseAnimation | Pauses/stops the particle animation resumeAnimation | Continues the particle animation destroy | Destroys the plugin
Example how to use the public methods.

Browser Support

IE9+ and all modern browsers.


See various examples how you can use particles.js.


To compile the distribution files by yourself, make sure that you have node.js and gulp installed, then:
  • Clone the repository:
  • Change in the project directory: cd particles.js
  • Install the dependencies: npm install
  • Run the gulp build task gulp build to regenerate the dist folder.
    You can also run gulp build --watch to watch for file changes and automatically rebuild the files.

Using particles.js?

If you’re using particles.js in some interesting way or on a cool site, I’d be very grateful if you shoot me a link to it.
For any problems or questions don't hesitate to open an issue.


particles.js is created by Marc Brüderlin and released under the MIT license.

Version 1.x

The source code for particles.js 1.x has been moved to the v1 branch.