jQuery lightbox plugins are used for presenting images, videos and html content in an elegant and very focused way. A page with lightbox enabled elements e.g. images a user click will open a modal window where a larger version of the image is presented. The advantages are obvious as users are not required to leave the page to view the content presented by the lightbox and because the area around the featured element is typically faded out, focus is increased at what is important. Some image lightbox plugins even include gallery capabilities and allow visitors to browse through a set of images from a lightbox control panel.
Online marketers have picked the lightbox technique up and use the modal windows to present their email signup forms, social like/follow requests etc. as a non blockable popup effect. There are many plugins for e.g. WordPress to quickly implement popup style solutions like this.
Another popular and related way to create dynamic web pages is using jQuery tooltips. While lightboxes are often configured to open up and close when clicked tooltips are often activated on mouse over. Further, they are not typically designed to fade out the entire page but simply add the tooltip next to the element it is attached to.
Below you will find a useful selection of jQuery lightbox plugins. Please let us know in a comment if we missed some great resources!
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Speedo popup is a small, powerful and real customizable jQuery popup / modal plugin.
Showcase offers over 60 animation settings that can be applied to each Bullet, providing the maximum level of customization possible.
TITAN is an awesome lightbox gallery script which supports a wide assortment of images, html content, maps, and videos. It is built around jQuery & HTML5 and is both easy to implement and customize.
Smart Notification is a jQuery plugin. It is an advanced pop-up notifications. With the ability to add video.
Comes in two layout types (grid and line, vertical and horizontal), with scroll (jScrollPane) or buttonnavigation. Thumbnail boxes support any HTML element inside them.
Dynamic Lightbox offers you an application with a visual editor to create almost any kind of custom lightbox with just one file!This provides virtually unlimited options.
Responsive Tile Gallery is a completely responsive image gallery. It allows your visitors to easily sort and view all of your images. It also allows you to put your images into categories, load thumbnails instead of full resolution images, and develop responsive websites for all platforms.
The Responsive Slideshow Photo Gallery has a fluid / flexible / responsive layout.
Megafolio Pro is a fully responsive media grid plugin that allows you to display content in almost every way possible using preset or randomly generated layouts.
Create a lightbox that worked on mobile devices, even smartphones. JackBox is “responsive”, which means it’s 100% compatible with responsive websites.
The giga image viewer jQuery plugin allows you to easily replace <div> tags with animated image viewers with hotspots.
adPopup Pro is a jQuery plugin to show ads (or information) in popups to your visitors. The plugin has browser detection, OS detection, screen size detection, tablet detection, mobile detection and more built-in to show the popup only to the visitors you want to.
Dialog – MORE INFO
Flare – a custom responsive, touch enabled, mobile optimized lightbox jQuery plugin, which can be used to display single images/videos or entire galleries.
The CSS3 Lightbox is a jQuery plugin you can use to display your images. The CSS3 transitions is driven by Animate.css, it is hardware accelerated in the modern browser. And It’s mobile friendly, which works in your touch device like iPhone & iPad.
Highslide JS – MORE INFO
Highslide JS is an image, media and gallery viewer with lots of configuration options. Among others it features single click feature where after the image has been opened or HTML popup, the user can scroll further down or leave the page without closing it. Also, it has outstanding, unconditional and free user support for both commercial and non-commercial users. – Free Plugin
jQuery Lightbox – Grooveshark Style is a quick, simple, and easy plugin to use for all of your lightbox needs. It is highly customizable, and very intuitive to use. – Premium Plugin by CodeCanyon
GreyBox – MORE INFO
Greybox is a simple lightbox and displays images and other content in a smooth and unobtrusive fashion. – Free Plugin
Slimbox 2, the ultimate lightweight Lightbox clone for jQuery – MORE INFO
jQuery Lightbox Evolution – MORE INFO
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.
FancyBox – MORE INFO
FancyBox is a tool for displaying images, html content and multi-media in a Mac-style “lightbox” that floats overtop of web page. – Free Plugin
Lightview – MORE INFO
Lightview was built to change the way you overlay content on a website. – Free Plugin
ViewBox – Media Browser – LightBox Alternative – MORE INFO
The script is a complex jQuery LightBox Alternative. It offers Photo Galleries, Support for video (YouTube and Vimeo), Built-in player – JW Player, The ability to set keys to control etc.
Lightbox 2 – MORE INFO
Lightbox is a simple, unobtrusive script used to overlay images on top of the current page. It’s a snap to setup and works on all modern browsers. – Free Plugin
boxy – Facebook-like dialog/overlay, with frills – MORE INFO
Boxy is a flexible, Facebook-style dialog box for jQuery with support for dragging and size tweening. It differs from other overlays I’ve seen by providing an object interface to control dialogs after they’ve been created. And for simple usage scenarios, boxy also provides a jQuery plugin for automatically hooking up links and forms, as well as an
ask() helper for presenting multiple choices to the user.
Lightbox JS – MORE INFO
Lightbox JS is a simple, unobtrusive script used to overlay images on the current page. It’s a snap to setup and works on all modern browsers.
SimpleModal – MORE INFO
SimpleModal is a lightweight jQuery Plugin which provides a powerful interface for modal dialog development. Think of it as a modal dialog framework. SimpleModal gives you the flexibility to build whatever you can envision, while shielding you from related cross-browser issues inherent with UI development.
PIROBOX EXTENDED V.1.0 – jQuery plugin – MORE INFO
Pirobox is an awesome jQuery lightbox plugin that features a slider functionality. – Free Plugin
ModalBox – MORE INFO
PrettyPhoto – MORE INFO
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. – Free Plugin
Litebox – MORE INFO
jQuery SuperBox! – MORE INFO
jQuery Superbox! is a script which allows you display windows with lightbox effect. – Free Plugin
jQuery lightBox plugin – MORE INFO
jQuery lightBox plugin is simple, elegant, unobtrusive, no need extra markup and is used to overlay images on the current page through the power and flexibility of jQuery´s selector. – Free Plugin
Fancy Zoom (jQuery) – MORE INFO
This works with any html (images, text, headings, flash). The only caveat is it doesn’t currently work with AJAX. Whatever you want to zoom to must be html already on the page.