Siema Lightweight and simple carousel with no dependencies

Siema is a lightweight (only 2kb gzipped) carousel plugin with no dependencies and no styling. As Brad Frost once said "do that shit yourself". It is 100% open source and available on Github. It is free to use on personal and commercial projects. Use it with your favourite module bundler or by manually injecting the script into your project.

Download Siema from Github


Setup is trivially easy. A little bit of markup...

<div class="siema">
  <div>Hi, I'm slide 1</div>
  <div>Hi, I'm slide 2</div>
  <div>Hi, I'm slide 3</div>
  <div>Hi, I'm slide 4</div>

If you are using a module bundler like Webpack or Browserify...

yarn add siema
import Siema from 'siema';
new Siema();

...or manually inject the minified script into your website.

<script src="siema.min.js"></script>
  new Siema();


Siema comes with a few (optional) settings that you can change by passing an object as an argument. Default values are presented below.

new Siema({
  selector: '.siema',
  duration: 200,
  easing: 'ease-out',
  perPage: 1,
  startIndex: 0,
  draggable: true,
  threshold: 20,
  loop: false,
  onInit: function(){},
  onChange: function(){},


As mentioned above, Siema doesn't come with many options - just a few useful methods. Combine it with some very basic JavaScript and voila!


Basic carousel with next and previous buttons.

<div class="siema">
  <img src="assets/siema--pink.svg">
  <img src="assets/siema--yellow.svg">
  <img src="assets/siema--pink.svg">
  <img src="assets/siema--yellow.svg">
  <img src="assets/siema--pink.svg">
  <img src="assets/siema--yellow.svg">

<button class="prev">prev</button>
<button class="next">next</button>
const mySiema = new Siema();
document.querySelector('.prev').addEventListener('click', () => mySiema.prev());
document.querySelector('.next').addEventListener('click', () =>;

I've also created a Codepen collection with many more Siema examples.

Check the Codepen collection

Browser support

Other implementations


Siema's purpose is to provide a basic carousel tool and allow developers to extend it by using the available methods. It doesn't come with any complex configuration and myriad options — I would like to keep it this way. If you need a more powerful library I recommend the amazing Flickity by David DeSandro or Swiper by iDangero team.

Bug fixes are more than welcome. If you have a feature suggestion please open an issue on Github. Before sending a pull request make sure to use the 'build' task please.

yarn run build


Siema means 'hello' in Polish. When I play around with some code, I always use random names. That's the whole story behind the name of this one :) Huge thanks to Jarkko Sibenberg for the cute logo design!