jquery move elements into a random order

I am attempting to display a series of images in a random order. However, I do not want any single item to repeat until all items have been shown, so instead of selecting a random image from the array, I want to take the entire array, randomize it, and then select in sequence from the first to the last element. Here's my code:


<div id="tout4"
<img src="images/gallery01.jpg" class="img_lg"/>
<img src="images/gallery02.jpg" class="img_lg"/>
<img src="images/gallery03.jpg" class="img_lg"/>

and the javascript, which currently selects and displays the items in order:

var galleryLength = $('#tout4 img.img_lg').length;
var currentGallery = 0;
setInterval(cycleGallery, 5000);

function cycleGallery(){

    $('#tout4 img.img_lg').eq(currentGallery).fadeOut(300);

    if (currentGallery < (galleryLength-1)){
    } else {
        currentGallery = 0;

    $('#tout4 img.img_lg').eq(currentGallery).fadeIn(300);

So how do I rearrange the actual order of the images, and not just the order in which they are selected?



After much exploration, I decided to take the fisher-yates algorithm and apply it with jquery without requiring cloning, etc.

$('#tout4 img.img_lg').shuffle();

* Shuffle jQuery array of elements - see Fisher-Yates algorithm
jQuery.fn.shuffle = function () {
    var j;
    for (var i = 0; i < this.length; i++) {
        j = Math.floor(Math.random() * this.length);
    return this;

You can also use the common JavaScript Array randomize sorter, also commented here and here:

$('<my selector>').sort( function(){ return ( Math.round( Math.random() ) - 0.5 ) } );

Ended up using this (thanks Blair!) -

 * jQuery Shuffle (/web/20120307220753/http://mktgdept.com/jquery-shuffle)
 * A jQuery plugin for shuffling a set of elements
 * v0.0.1 - 13 November 2009
 * Copyright (c) 2009 Chad Smith (/web/20120307220753/http://twitter.com/chadsmith)
 * Dual licensed under the MIT and GPL licenses.
 * /web/20120307220753/http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php
 * /web/20120307220753/http://www.opensource.org/licenses/gpl-license.php
 * Shuffle elements using: $(selector).shuffle() or $.shuffle(selector)
(function(d){d.fn.shuffle=function(c){c=[];return this.each(function(){c.push(d(this).clone(true))}).each(function(a,b){d(b).replaceWith(c[a=Math.floor(Math.random()*c.length)]);c.splice(a,1)})};d.shuffle=function(a){return d(a).shuffle()}})(jQuery);

So then the only additions that need to be made to the above code are to include the script, and call the shuffle function:

<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery-shuffle.js"></script>
$('#tout4 img.img_lg').shuffle();
<!DOCTYPE html>

<p id="demo">Click the button to sort the array.</p>

<button onclick="myFunction()">Try it</button>

  function myFunction()
    var points = [40,100,1,5,25,10];
    points.sort(function(a,b){return (Math.random()-0.5)});
    var x=document.getElementById("demo");


Explanation: normally you have "return (a-b)" yielding a positive number for ascending sort order; or you have "return (b-a)" yielding a negative number for descending sort order.

Here we use Math.random()-0.5 which gives in half of the cases a positive number and in half of the cases a negative number. Thus sorting of pairs is either ascending or descending, yielding a random distribution of the array elements.


Short version for jQuery:

$('#tout4>').map(function(i,t) {
     var s=$(t).siblings();


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