This documentation is for MixItUp 3. Looking for the MixItUp 2 docs? They can be found on the GitHub v2 branch

Most commonly, MixItUp is applied to a "container" of "target" elements, which could be a portfolio of projects, a list of blog posts, a selection of products, or any kind of UI where filtering and/or sorting would be advantageous.

To get started, follow these simple steps:

Building the Container

By default, MixItUp will query the container for targets matching the selector '.mix'.

<div class="container">
    <div class="mix category-a" data-order="1"></div>
    <div class="mix category-b" data-order="2"></div>
    <div class="mix category-b category-c" data-order="3"></div>
    <div class="mix category-a category-d" data-order="4"></div>

Targets can be filtered using any valid selector e.g. '.category-a', and are sorted via optional custom data attributes e.g. 'data-order'.

Further reading: Marking-up MixItUp Containers

Client-side or "DOM-based" filtering and sorting should not be used as an alternative to server-side filtering when dealing with large or growing datasets containing hundreds or thousands of items. MixItUp works best for moderately sized or static datasets with up to 1000 items. Want to integrate MixItUp with server-side/ajax filtering? Check out the Dataset API.

Building Controls

One way that filtering and sorting happens is when "controls" are clicked. You may use any clickable element as a control, but <button type="button"> is recommended for accessibility.

Filter Controls

Filter controls are queried based on the presence of a data-filter attribute, whose value must be 'all', 'none', or a valid selector string e.g. '.category-a'.

<button type="button" data-filter="all">All</button>
<button type="button" data-filter=".category-a">Category A</button>
<button type="button" data-filter=".category-b">Category B</button>
<button type="button" data-filter=".category-c">Category C</button>

Further reading: Filtering with MixItUp

Sort Controls

Sort controls are queried based on the presence of a data-sort attribute, whose value takes the form of a "sort string" made up of the name of the attribute to sort by, followed by an optional colon-separated order component e.g. 'order', 'order:asc', 'order:desc'.

<button type="button" data-sort="order:asc">Ascending</button>
<button type="button" data-sort="order:descending">Descending</button>
<button type="button" data-sort="random">Random</button>

The values 'default' and 'random' are also valid, with 'default' referring to the original order of target elements in the DOM at the time of mixer instantiation.

Further reading: Sorting with MixItUp

Styling the Container

While MixItUp can be added on top of any existing CSS layout, we strongly recommend inline-block or flexbox-based styling over floats and legacy grid frameworks when dealing with grid-based designs for a number of reasons.

Further reading: MixItUp Grid Layouts

Loading MixItUp

Firstly, load the MixItUp JavaScript library using the preferred method for your project.


The most simple way to load MixItUp in your project is to include it via a <script> tag before the closing </body> tag on your page.


        <script src="/path/to/mixitup.min.js"></script>

With this technique, the MixItUp factory function will be made available via the global variable mixitup.

Module Import

If you are building a modular JavaScript project with Webpack, Browserify, or RequireJS, MixItUp can be installed using your package manager of choice (e.g. npm, jspm, yarn) and then imported into any of your project's modules.

npm install mixitup --save-dev

// ES2015

import mixitup from 'mixitup';
// CommonJS

var mixitup = require('mixitup');
// AMD

require(['mixitup'], function(mixitup) {


Creating a Mixer

With the mixitup() factory function available, you may now instantiate a "mixer" on your container to enable MixItUp functionality.

Call the factory function passing a selector string or a reference to your container element as the first parameter, and a the newly instantiated mixer will be returned.

Example: Instantiating a mixer with a selector string

var mixer = mixitup('.container');

Example: Instantiating a mixer with an element reference

var mixer = mixitup(containerEl);

Your mixer is now ready for you to interact with, either via its controls (see above), or its API (see Mixer API Methods). Click a control or call an API method to check that everything is working correctly.


If you wish to customize the functionality of your mixer, an optional "configuration object" can be passed as the second parameter to the mixitup function. If no configuration object is passed, the default settings will be used.

Further reading: Configuration Object

Example: Passing a configuration object

var mixer = mixitup(containerEl, {
    selectors: {
        target: '.blog-item'
    animation: {
        duration: 300

Using the API

If you wish to interact with your mixer via its API, the mixer reference returned by the factory function can be used to call API methods.

Example: Calling an API method

var mixer = mixitup(containerEl);


Further reading: Mixer API Methods

Building a modern JavaScript application?

You may wish to use MixItUp 3's new "dataset" API. Dataset is designed for use in API-driven JavaScript applications, and can be used instead of DOM-based methods such as .filter(), .sort(), .insert(), etc. When used, insertion, removal, sorting and pagination can be achieved purely via changes to your data model, without the uglyness of having to interact with or query the DOM directly.

Further reading: Using the Dataset API