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Accordions are elements that help you organize and navigate multiple documents in a single container. They can be used for switching between items in the container.


The container for an accordion needs the class .accordion, and the attribute data-accordion. Note that in these examples, we use a <ul>, but you can use any element you want.

<ul class="accordion" data-accordion></ul>

Inside the accordion, place a series of panes with the class .accordion-item and the attribute data-accordion-item. To mark which pane should be open by default, add the class .is-active to that pane.

Each pane has a title, an <a> with the class .accordion-title, and a content area, an element with the class .accordion-content and the attribute data-tab-content.

<ul class="accordion" data-accordion>
  <li class="accordion-item is-active" data-accordion-item>
    <a href="#" class="accordion-title">Accordion 1</a>
    <div class="accordion-content" data-tab-content>
      I would start in the open state, due to using the `is-active` state class.
  <!-- ... -->

Once you put it all together, here's what you get!

Advanced Options


By default, only one pane of an accordion can be open at a time. This can be changed by setting the multiExpand option to true.

<ul class="accordion" data-accordion data-multi-expand="true">
  <!-- ... -->

All Closed

By default, at least one pane in an accordion must be open. This can be changed by setting allowAllClosed option to true.

<ul class="accordion" data-accordion data-allow-all-closed="true">
  <!-- ... -->

Sass Reference


The default styles of this component can be customized using these Sass variables in your project's settings file.

NameTypeDefault ValueDescription
$accordion-background Color $white

Default background color of an accordion group.

$accordion-plusminus Boolean true

If true, adds plus and minus icons to the side of each accordion title.

$accordion-title-font-size Number rem-calc(12)

Font size of accordion titles.

$accordion-item-color Color $primary-color

Default text color for items in a Menu.

$accordion-item-background-hover Color $light-gray

Default background color on hover for items in a Menu.

$accordion-item-padding Number or List 1.25rem 1rem

Default padding of an accordion item.

$accordion-content-background Color $white

Default background color of tab content.

$accordion-content-border Color 1px solid $light-gray

Default border color of tab content.

$accordion-content-color Color $body-font-color

Default text color of tab content.

$accordion-content-padding Number or List 1rem

Default padding for tab content.


We use these mixins to build the final CSS output of this component. You can use the mixins yourself to build your own class structure out of our components.


@include accordion-container;

Adds styles for an accordion container. Apply this to the same element that gets data-accordion.


@include accordion-item;

Adds styles for the accordion item. Apply this to the list item within an accordion ul.


@include accordion-title;

Adds styles for the title of an accordion item. Apply this to the link within an accordion item.


@include accordion-content;

Adds styles for accordion content. Apply this to the content pane below an accordion item's title.

JavaScript Reference


The file foundation.accordion.js must be included in your JavaScript to use this plugin, along with foundation.core.js. This plugin also requires these utility libraries:

  • foundation.util.keyboard.js
  • foundation.util.motion.js


Creates a new instance of an accordion.

var elem = new Foundation.Accordion(element, options);

Fires these events: Accordion#event:init

element jQuery jQuery object to make into an accordion.
options Object a plain object with settings to override the default options.

Plugin Options

Use these options to customize an instance of Accordion. Plugin options can be set as individual data attributes, one combined data-options attribute, or as an object passed to the plugin's constructor. Learn more about how JavaScript plugins are initialized.

Name Type Default Description
data-slide-speed number 250 Amount of time to animate the opening of an accordion pane.
data-multi-expand boolean false Allow the accordion to have multiple open panes.
data-allow-all-closed boolean false Allow the accordion to close all panes.


These events will fire from any element with a Accordion plugin attached.

down.zf.accordion Fires when the tab is done opening.
up.zf.accordion Fires when the tab is done collapsing up.



$('#element').foundation('toggle', $target);

Toggles the selected content pane's open/close state.

$target jQuery jQuery object of the pane to toggle (`.accordion-content`).


$('#element').foundation('down', $target, firstTime);

Opens the accordion tab defined by $target.

Fires these events: Accordion#event:down

$target jQuery Accordion pane to open (`.accordion-content`).
firstTime Boolean flag to determine if reflow should happen.


$('#element').foundation('up', $target);

Closes the tab defined by $target.

Fires these events: Accordion#event:up

$target jQuery Accordion tab to close (`.accordion-content`).



Destroys an instance of an accordion.

Fires these events: Accordion#event:destroyed