Use this when you need to show users one or more small snippets of a larger body of text in order to keep the user interface lightweight and scannable.

This pattern includes both revealing the rest of the text on the same screen, and linking to another screen for the full text.


API status: general
Web resource key: com.atlassian.auiplugin:aui-expander
AMD Module key: N/A
Experimental API: 5.1
General API: 5.8


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The trigger that expands and hides the desired content.

Attribute Description
aria-controls the id of the content that this trigger expands/hides
data-replace-text The text that replaces the trigger text after initial invocation (collapsed state if expanded initially, expanded state if collapsed initially)


The content to be expanded and hidden.

Attribute Description
aria-expanded use this to expand the expander by default. DO NOT use this to manipulate the expander after load. Use the events instead.


An element containing the short version of the content to be shown when the content is hidden, must be placed as the child of a trigger.


The expander uses css to determine a collapsed state. If you apply a min-height attribute to the aui-expander-content element it will collapse to this height. If no min-height is specified the collapsed state is completely hidden.


The AUI Expander throws the following events, you can hook into these events to add your own functionality to the expander:

Event Element Description
aui-expander-expanded aui-expander-trigger Triggers when the content is expanded.
aui-expander-collapsed aui-expander-trigger Triggers when the content is hidden/partially hidden.

You can also trigger the following events to manipulate the expander:

Event Element Description
aui-expander-invoke aui-expander-trigger invokes the trigger (collapses or expands it depending on the current state of content)
aui-expander-expand aui-expander-trigger expands the content
aui-expander-collapse aui-expander-trigger collapses the content