17 Lightbox jQuery Plugins

Typically a lightbox is used to overlay larger versions of photos on top of a page when you click on their smaller counterparts. So here are 17 jQuery Lightbox Plugins that allow you to easily create the most beautiful overlay windows using the jQuery Javascript library.

jQuery Lightbox Evolution

Lightbox Evolution is a tool for displaying images, html content, maps, and videos in a “lightbox” style that floats overtop of web page. Using Lightbox Evolution, website authors can showcase a wide assortment of media in all major browsers without navigating users away from the linking page.

Download jQuery Lightbox Evolution

Lightbox 2

Lightbox is small javascript library used to overlay images on top of the current page. It’s a snap to setup and works on all modern browsers.

Download Lightbox 2


prettyPhoto is a jQuery lightbox clone. Not only does it support images, it also support for videos, flash, YouTube, iframes and ajax. It’s a full blown media lightbox. It is very easy to setup, yet very flexible if you want to customize it a bit. Plus the script is compatible in every major browser, even IE6.

Download prettyPhoto

jQuery Super Box

jQuery Superbox! is a script which allows you display windows with the lightbox effect.

Download jQuery Super Box

Slimbox 2

Slimbox 2 is a 4 KB visual clone of the popular Lightbox 2 script by Lokesh Dhakar, written using the jQuery javascript library. It was designed to be very small, efficient, standards-friendly, fully customizable, more convenient and 100% compatible with the original Lightbox 2.

Download Slimbox 2

Fancy Box

FancyBox is a tool for displaying images, html content and multi-media in a Mac-style “lightbox” that floats overtop of web page.

Download Fancy Box

Lightview jQuery Plug-in

Lightview allows you to easily create the most beautiful overlay windows using the jQuery Javascript library. By combining support for a wide range of media with gorgeous skins and a user-friendly API, Lightview aims to push the Lightbox concept as far as possible. Lightview uses HTML5 to help you deliver the best experience across every browser. Let it enhance your media automatically or create custom overlays using the powerful Javascript API. Those are just some of the things that make Lightview what it is today, find out more by checking out the demonstrations.

Download Lightview jQuery Plug-in

Highslide Lightbox Plug-in

Highslide JS is an image, media and gallery viewer written in JavaScript.

Download Highslide Lightbox Plug-in


Shadowbox is an application that works as an internet-based image/video viewer, it supports all of the widespread audio and video formats. This app is created with CSS and JavaScript and can be tailored to customer needs easily. The core benefit of Shadowbox is that it allows web content creators to instantly play their preferred media files via popular Internet browsers.

Download Shadowbox

Color Box

A customizable lightbox plugin for jQuery. See the project page for documentation and a demonstration, and the FAQ for solutions and examples to common issues. Released under the MIT license.

Download Color Box

jQuery Horizontal Image Scroller w/ Lightbox

This is a jQuery content scroller with lightbox. The scroll bar/indexes and directional buttons allow for easy navigation of your gallery. Slide click can either open the included lightbox or a regular link. The scroller can also be responsive and it’s fully configurable through the plugin’s parameters.

Download jQuery Horizontal Image Scroller w/ Lightbox


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