Note: This plugin was superseeded by Dynatree, and later Fancytree.

Open demo:

LazyTree is JavaScript library that sports a Dynamic HTML tree, with support for lazy loading of branches.

Main features include:

  • Simple JavaScript programming interface: object orientated with additional callbacks.
  • Written from scratch. The library does not depend on any other code.
  • Support for 'lazy nodes' i.e. branches may be loaded when the user expands a specific node.
    This is typically implemented by adding a callback that send an Ajax request and uses the results to add the new subnodes.
  • Support for different node types with custom icons.
  • Tested with IE 6+7, Firefox 1.5, Opera 7.
  • It's free.

Simple example

  1. Import lazyTree library and stylesheet.
  2. Add code to handle selection of items.
  3. Add code to define tree options and data structure.
  4. Add a <div> Tag to the html code, where the tree should be displayed.
  5. Call the initialisation code in the onload-event.
      <pre class='prettyprint'><html>
    <script type='text/javascript' src='lazyTree.js'></script>  // (1)
    <link rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' href='skin/lazyTree.css' />
    <script type='text/javascript'>
    function onTreeSelect (tn) {  // (2)
        alert ('You selected ' + tn.title);
    function initTree() {  // (3)
        var tree = new CLazyTree ('idTree', 'Root Cause');

        tree.bAutoCollapse = true;
        tree.onSelect      = onTreeSelect;

        var f, d;
        f = tree.getRoot().addFolder ('Folder 1');
        f.addDoc ('Document 1');
        f.addDoc ('Document 2');

        f = tree.getRoot().addFolder ('Folder 2');
        f.addDoc ('Document 3');
        tree.enableUpdate (true);
<body onload='initTree();' >  // (5)
    <div id='idTree'> </div>  // (4)

For an advanced example check the source code of the demo.