Divi Mobile: Collapse Submenus

Last modified May 11, 2021
Difficulty Intermediate
Language CSS, JavaScript

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Customize the mobile menu with this easy to follow Javascript and CSS snippet! Making submenus collapse keeps the long mobile menus clean and responsive 🙂 It works with the Divi menu module and standard Divi header.





Alternative Method

Collapse Submenus make it easier for users to navigate your website. If you are looking for the plugin method for beginners (no coding), check out our Divi Switch Plugin. You can create collapse submenu items inside burger menu on mobile with one click of the switch. The coding method is for more advanced users.


.et_pb_menu .et_mobile_menu .menu-item-has-children > a,
#main-header .et_mobile_menu .menu-item-has-children > a {
    background-color: transparent;
    position: relative;

.et_pb_menu .et_mobile_menu .menu-item-has-children > a:after, #main-header .et_mobile_menu .menu-item-has-children > a:after {
    font-family: 'ETmodules';
    text-align: center;
    speak: none;
    font-weight: 600;
    font-variant: normal;
    text-transform: none;
    -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased;
    position: absolute;
    font-size: 18px;
    content: '\4c';
    top: 11px;
    right: 13px;

.et_pb_menu .et_mobile_menu .menu-item-has-children.visible > a:after,
#main-header .et_mobile_menu .menu-item-has-children.visible > a:after {
    content: '\4d';

.et_pb_menu .et_mobile_menu ul.sub-menu,
#main-header .et_mobile_menu ul.sub-menu,
.et-db #et-boc .et-l .et_pb_menu .et_mobile_menu li ul.sub-menu {
    display: none !important;
    visibility: hidden !important;
    transition: all 1.5s ease-in-out;

.et_pb_menu .et_mobile_menu li.visible > ul.sub-menu,
#main-header .et_mobile_menu li.visible > ul.sub-menu,
.et-db #et-boc .et-l #main-header .et_mobile_menu li.visible > ul.sub-menu,
.et-db #et-boc .et-l .et_pb_fullwidth_menu .et_mobile_menu li.visible > ul.sub-menu,
.et-db #et-boc .et-l .et_pb_menu .et_mobile_menu li.visible > ul.sub-menu {
    display: block !important;
    visibility: visible !important;


    function ds_setup_collapsible_submenus() {
    	var $menu = $('.et_mobile_menu'),
    	top_level_link = '.et_mobile_menu .menu-item-has-children > a';
        $menu.find('a').each(function() {
            if ( $(this).is(top_level_link) ) {
                $(this).attr('href', '#');

            if ( ! $(this).siblings('.sub-menu').length ) {
                $(this).on('click', function(event) {
            else {
                $(this).on('click', function(event) {
    setTimeout(function() {
    }, 700);



Does this snippet (still) work?

Please let us know in the comments if everything worked as expected. We have tested this code with the Version: 4.9.4 of the Divi Theme and Divi friendly hosting with PHP 7+.
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License: This snippet contains code from the Divi Theme, copyright https://elegantthemes.com modified by Divi Space, May 7th, 2021. Licensed under the GNU General Public License v3, no warranty; click here for details.


Your Comments


  1. Gregory

    Hi, Divi Theme Options does not like the ‘>’ on the css portion of code. Gives ‘special characters must be escaped’. I am assuming it wants to close the signs. Thoughts?

    • greg

      solved my problem. put css in integration > header section, not custom css in general. Thanks!

    • Joshua

      Thank you for sharing your solution with everyone.

  2. Ruud

    works fine, thank you!

    Is it possible to collapse only when pushing the +, and to go to the menuitem when clicked on the menuitem itself?

  3. Bobby

    Works perfectly! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! 🙂

  4. Kevin


    I insert the code and everything is working only the sub items are not clickable anymore.

    • Anna Kurowska

      Hi, can you send link to your site?

  5. Guido

    Currently it does not seem to work with Firefox Android (Firefox iOS works just like Chrome, Safari, Edge, Opera). We can also reproduce the problem also with Firefox windows desktop (small window). Clicking on one of the submenus or “+” closes the complete mobile navigation. Menu items without submenus work. Our Website is linked with our comment. We have also tested some of the other site links from previous comments of other users here (e.g. https://bserver.es/sjd/) and there is the problem as well. Any idea? We use Divi 4.9.4 an PHP 7.4 (right now caching is activated – but problem is the same with all other plugins deactivated).

    • Anna Kurowska

      Hi Guido, We updated CSS, can you update it on your site as well and let us know if that fixes the issue?

    • Guido

      Hi Anna, thanks for the quick reply. I have changed the CSS (only CSS not Script) but it did not fix the problem. With Firefox Android and Firefox Windows (small window) the problem is still there. Click on menu items with submenus and the navigation closes completely. Additionally, with the new CSS in all browsers, “+” and “x” are now missing to expand and collapse. Therefore, we have currently inserted the “old” CSS again.

    • Anna Kurowska

      Okay, thank you, we are investigating the issue further.

    • Daniel Norkin

      I can also confirm that the “+” is missing. Will keep tracking this for the fix.

    • Anna Kurowska

      We updated code, please let us know if that fixed the issue! If not, please send us link to the site with the current code.

    • Guido

      Thanks for all your help. I have just embedded and tested the current CSS and javascript above.

      Instead of the former “+” and “x” in the menu, it now uses “▼” and” ▲”. Which is fine for us, just differs from the instructions/screenshot in your post here.

      The good news first. Now when I use Firefox Android / Firefox Windows (small window) to click on “▼” and”▲”, then I can open the submenu. A progress, this was not possible before in this browsers.

      The bad news. The submenu can be opened/closed in all browsers ONLY by “▼” and” ▲”. If you click on the menu item itself (i.e. text/page name in the menu) then the menu closes completely again. We use the Divi function in the theme options to Disable to tier drop-down menu links (navigation). Mabybe this helps reproducing it.

      Unfortunately we only have this one website that is online. Since it doesn’t work properly in all browsers now, we had to go back to your old solution.

    • Anna Kurowska

      Thank you! We updated code, can you check now?

    • Guido

      Dear Anna. Now it works fine in all mobile browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Opera tested with Android & iOS (+ Safari). Also desktop browsers with minimized window work fine, The menu uses “+” an “x” now again like before. Thank you for your great support.

    • Anna Kurowska

      Yaaay! Thank you for quick reply, I am glad everything works!

  6. Andy Bittner

    Hey there, is it possible to add a transition when opening the parent? So it doesn’t open instantly but more smoothly?

  7. Ilse Harms

    Couldn’t be easier. Thank you so much!

  8. Echo

    You have the best tutorial out there for folks. So glad I found you. Even Elegant Themes was awful. Yours was the best.

    I can’t believe that nobody calls for a sexy slide on toggle though. Why? Is this not accepted anymore? I can’t stand menus that have a jolt like that. Drives my brain insane.

  9. Reni

    Hello Anna, could you pls help me out? The menu collapses just fine and could be opened. The only issue is that the ‘+’ icon is missing, so it is. not visible for a user that a menu has submenus. Thank you in advance.

    • Anna Kurowska

      Hi Reni, Icons are visible, but there are some CSS issues on the site and only half width of menu is visible. Make sure menu module has 100% width set or less.

  10. claudia

    Hello Anna, could you please also help me with my website? doesn’t work for me!
    This is the website. I also took it off because it stopped the ability to pages!


    • Anna Kurowska

      Hi Claudia, I am not able to say what can be the issue. Can you tell me where do you put the code?
      If you are looking for the plugin method with no coding, check out our Divi Switch Plugin https://divi.space/product/divi-switch/

  11. Niki

    I would love to know if this is possible to use for desktop as well. I have a client who is looking for this click effect rather than hover: https://www.javaworks.ca/

    • Anna Kurowska

      This is possible, but unfortunately not with this snippet. I will add to our list for future snippets 🙂

  12. Barb Peterson

    Hi. This is not working for me. I have the same problems as Bryant, who said on April 3, 2020, “This did not work for me. It made it look the way it does in picture but when you try and click to open the sub menu it just closes the entire menu.”

    Any chance you can see what’s going on? I have a cutom header I made in the Theme Builder and am using Divi 4.9.0.

    Thanks for any help!

    • Anna Kurowska

      Hi Barb, issue you are describing may be related to JavaScript not being loaded on your site. Maybe it wasn’t added correctly. Please refer to our tutorial: https://divi.space/tutorials/how-to-add-javascript-and-jquery-to-divi/ If that doesn’t work, let me know if you have any errors in the console log

  13. Brandon Grimes


    As Ryan said above, tried to do this after the last update but the parent item doesn’t expand. I added the css to the child’s css file and the script to the child header file.

    Can’t figure this out. Any thoughts?

    • Anna Kurowska

      Hi Brandon, please make sure JS and CSS are loading fine on your site. That was the reason of the issue on Ryan’s site. If that doesn’t let help, send us link to your site! 🙂

  14. Mark

    Works Perfectly, my previous code I used stopped working after recent updates.
    After hours of searching this did just the job, many thanks.

  15. Ryan

    Hi, I did write a comment earlier but I dont see it in the comments thread anymore.
    Firstly, thanks for all the free tutorials!
    For some reason, the parent menu item with the (+) icon, doesn’t collapse when you click it, so the submenu items dont get shown. All that happens is the menu closes.
    Please see if you can figure out whats wrong. I’ll be SOOO grateful.
    Thanks in advance.
    Here’s my website: https://capegen.co.za

  16. ryan

    Hi! Thanks very much for taking the time to do this tutorial (and all the other ones you guys do).
    I am struggling a little bit. I have added the CSS and Jquery in the correct places but for some reason, when I click on the parent menu item (+) icon, it doesn’t collapse to show the submenu items.
    I’ll be very happy if you could help me find a solution 🙂

  17. Chetan

    Where to add this snippet code?

  18. Marlene


    It works great thank you. It is possible to add something to have a first level clickable? I have a link page on the first level “travel” here: https://carolinealamy.com/

  19. Taulant

    It works good, but there is a but. I use menu module in the theme builder that is sticky on mobile on the homepage. I have anchor links in the menu, when anchor links are clicked the page scrolls down to the correct section, but the menu does not close automatically. If I then click on the hamburger menu to close it, the page scrolls up again. This behavior is when your script is active only.

    • Anna Kurowska

      Hi Taulant, can you send a link to the page with this issue?

  20. CJ

    Works beautifully! Thank you!

  21. Denis

    Thanks, the code works great!!
    Divi version: 4.6.5

  22. Spark

    Thank you so much it worked like charm! God bless you

    • Joshua

      Cheers! Enjoy.

  23. Andy Taylor

    Is is possible to have the top level items still link through to their relevant pages when using the mobile menu collapse? Without this, it’s a bit useless for my needs.

    Please advise, thanks
    Andy 🙂

  24. Amy

    Worked like a dream, thank you. I have been trying to find a solution for hours,

  25. Sergio

    Hi Anna,

    This solution works very well for the mobile menu. However could you guide me how to achieve the same effect with a custom vertical desktop?


    • Anna Kurowska

      Hello, by default vertical navigation on the desktop has already dropdown effect, collapsing items from this snippet wouldn’t work well. Unless you want to get rid of the default effect?

  26. Niso

    plugged it in it today 8-22-2020 and works great Thanks

  27. Corine

    Hey there! This worked exactly like I was looking, but it seems it’s making the parent items have bold text in the mobile menu. I changed the font-weight on line 10 to ‘normal’ and to ‘400’, both to no avail. Any recommendations? Thanks!!

    • Anna Kurowska

      Do you mind sharing a link? 🙂

  28. Mehedi Hasan

    Please give me a modified code for full-width menu. It doesn’t work with the full-width menu.

    • Anna Kurowska

      Thanks for letting us know 👍 We will test it and make some changes or we will write a new snippet! 👊

    • Jarod Thornton

      Update your code where it says “.et_pb_menu” with “.et_pb_fullwidth_menu” to make this work on the full-width menu 😉

    • Anna Kurowska

      Mehedi, I have updated the code. Let us know if it works now 🙂

  29. Sam

    Code works on Version: 4.5.6 with menu built with Divi theme builder – great thanks

    • Anna Kurowska

      Great Sam! 🙂

  30. Andy Taylor

    Should this work with the Theme Builder Full Width menu?

    I’m working on a new clients site at the moment and I’ve tried using the Code (in Custom CSS and Integrations for the Code which I presume is right?) and I’ve also tried using the Divi Switch toggle method too just in case I was missing something, and I don’t get collapsing menus.

    Any help would be most welcome.
    Thanks 🙂

  31. Alexander

    The code worked just fine for me. I’m using Divi 4.4.9 at this moment. Thank you very much! And mainly, thanks for keeping the code updated!! This is awesome. Cheers!!!

  32. Bambi

    Thanks for this code, it works perfectly. Is there a way to make the top parents level clickable? I liked you on FB and looked there for the snippet you made for another user, but I didn’t find it. Thank you for your help.

  33. Matthias Hänsch

    I use divi 4.4.7 and the code providet from this page but the menu is not showing the collapsing + on mobile. the rest is working.
    Does someone has an idea?

    • Anna Kurowska

      Hi Matthias, is your menu multilevel (does it include submenu items)?

    • Matthias Hänsch

      Hello Anna,
      yes it does but somehome the whole theme is messed up. I have to reinstall everything first.
      will come back after that

    • Matthias Hänsch

      I rebuild it with new website and now it is working.

  34. Alan Rogers

    Just added this to a site of mine and works great thank you. What css could I add to increase the weight & color of the opening ‘+’ please?

    • Anna Kurowska

      Happy to hear that! To change the icon size, change the font-size in the Code Snippet.

      CSS, line 15.

      font-size: 18px;

    • Alan Rogers

      Thanks for your swift reply Anna 🙂

      I changed the font size and color but couldn’t work out how to change the font weight to Bold?

      I changed font-weight on line 10 from 600 to 800 and even added !important but it hasn’t affected it? Any ideas please?

    • Anna Kurowska

      If you want to change the icon font-weight – it’s not possible in this case 🙂 Simply, ETmodules font from Elegant Themes comes with only one style, it doesn’t support font-weight. Please read more here: https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/resources/elegant-icon-font

    • Alan Rogers

      No worries, thanks Anna.

      BTW icons 43 & 44 work well for the menu too 🙂

  35. seun

    Thanks for this code, it works perfectly. But is there a way to make the top parents level clickable?

  36. Jim Brett

    Works well with Theme Builder > Global/Custom Header. Using 4.4.2; Flywheel’s Local PHP 7.3.5.

    The Headers do not work to my satisfaction, however – that’s a completely separate issue.

  37. Kerwin

    How can this be modified for the Nav Menu Widget?

    • Anna Kurowska

      You would need to use different classes. We can create a new snippet for this 🙂 Make sure you like us on Facebook so you won’t miss it!

  38. Edward

    Works perfectly! Thank you!

  39. Bryant

    This did not work for me. It made it look the way it does in picture but when you try and click to open the sub menu it just closes the entire menu.

    • Anna Kurowska

      Hi Bryant, send link to your site, we’ll take a look 🙂

    • Anna Kurowska

      Bryant, I updated the code, everything should be working now 🙂

    • Bryant

      That fixed it! Thank you!

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