Equivalent of jQuery .hide() to set visibility: hidden

In jQuery, there are .hide() and .show() methods which sets the CSS display: none setting.

Is there an equivalent function which would set the visibility: hidden setting?

I know I can use .css() but I prefer some function like .hide() or so. Thanks.

You could make your own plugins.

jQuery.fn.visible = function() {
    return this.css('visibility', 'visible');

jQuery.fn.invisible = function() {
    return this.css('visibility', 'hidden');

jQuery.fn.visibilityToggle = function() {
    return this.css('visibility', function(i, visibility) {
        return (visibility == 'visible') ? 'hidden' : 'visible';

If you want to overload the original jQuery toggle(), which I don't recommend...

!(function($) {
    var toggle = $.fn.toggle;
    $.fn.toggle = function() {
        var args = $.makeArray(arguments),
            lastArg = args.pop();

        if (lastArg == 'visibility') {
            return this.visibilityToggle();

        return toggle.apply(this, arguments);


There isn't one built in but you could write your own quite easily:

(function($) {
    $.fn.invisible = function() {
        return this.each(function() {
            $(this).css("visibility", "hidden");
    $.fn.visible = function() {
        return this.each(function() {
            $(this).css("visibility", "visible");

You can then call this like so:


Here's a working example.

An even simpler way to do this is to use jQuery's toggleClass() method


.newClass{visibility: hidden}


<a href="#" class=trigger>Trigger Element </a>
<div class="hidden_element">Some Content</div>



If you only need the standard functionality of hide only with visibility:hidden to keep the current layout you can use the callback function of hide to alter the css in the tag. Hide docs in jquery

An example :

$('#subs_selection_box').fadeOut('slow', function() {

This will use the normal cool animation to hide the div, but after the animation finish you set the visibility to hidden and display to block.

An example : http://jsfiddle.net/bTkKG/1/

I know you didnt want the $("#aa").css() solution, but you did not specify if it was because using only the css() method you lose the animation.

Pure JS equivalent for jQuery hide()/show() :

function hide(el) {
    el.style.visibility = 'hidden';    
    return el;

function show(el) {
    el.style.visibility = 'visible';    
    return el;

// hide($('.test')[0])   // usage with jQuery

We use return el due to satisfy fluent interface "desing pattern".

Here is working example.

Below I also provide HIGHLY unrecommended alternative, which is however probably more "close to question" answer:

HTMLElement.prototype.hide = function() {
    this.style.visibility = 'hidden';  
    return this;

HTMLElement.prototype.show = function() {
    this.style.visibility = 'visible';  
    return this;

// $('.test1')[0].hide();   // usage with jQuery

of course this not implement jQuery 'each' (given in @JamesAllardice answer) because we use pure js here.

Working example is here.

Here's one implementation, what works like $.prop(name[,value]) or $.attr(name[,value]) function. If b variable is filled, visibility is set according to that, and this is returned (allowing to continue with other properties), otherwise it returns visibility value.

jQuery.fn.visible = function (b) {
    if(b === undefined)
        return this.css('visibility')=="visible";
    else {
        this.css('visibility', b? 'visible' : 'hidden');
        return this;