33 jQuery, Mootools, Prototype Lightbox Scripts

There are many solutions like Lightbox, to display the pop-up block (modal windows, overlays) of single images, web image galleries, videos and other media and content formats on your websites. Internet users loves the “lightbox” effect. It looks cool and stylish. You should use it, if you are working on new web design project.

This is a list of Top 33 jQuery, Mootools, Prototype Lightbox Scripts for displaying galleries and images in overlay pop-up boxes.

1. Awesome Box JavaScript gallery

With Internet Explorer 6 support. Key navigation using “n” for next, “p” for previous and “x” for close.

"Awesome Box" JavaScript gallery

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2. Bumpbox 2.0 Mootools lightbox clone

Bumpbox 2.0 – a lightbox clone with support of PDF, flv, swf, audio, images, inline HTML and remote html files. Useful script for web design.

«Bumpbox 2.0» Mootools lightbox clone

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3. jsImageBox

Compact and easy-to-use script that allows you to show enlarged images in the pop-up boxes. Website is in Russian language :(.


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4. ColorBox lightbox jQuery plugin

A light-weight, customizable lightbox plugin for jQuery 1.3, 1.4, and 1.5. This plugin is realized in five different styles. Click on the “Examples” links from 1 to 5 to see all styles in action. Supports photos, grouping, slideshow, ajax, inline, and iframed content.

"ColorBox" lightbox jQuery plugin

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5. Control.Modal windowing toolkit for Prototype

Control.Window is a fully programmable, multi purpose windowing toolkit for Prototype.

Control.Modal windowing toolkit for Prototype

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6. EnlargeIt! JavaScript gallery

Easy-to-use, can work with pictures, flash, FLV, YouTube, DivX and iframes.

EnlargeIt! JavaScript gallery

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7. Facebox jQuery Facebook-style lightbox

Easy-to-use, Facebook-style lightbox plugin which can display images, divs, or entire remote pages for your web design.

Facebox jQuery Facebook-style lightbox

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8. FancyZoom JavaScript plugin

Smooth Javascript image zooming plugin for your websites, lightbox alternative.

FancyZoom JavaScript plugin

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9. FancyZoom with using the jQuery library

This lightbox plugin works with any images, text, headings and flash.

FancyZoom with using the jQuery library

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10. FancyBox gallery – jQuery lightbox alternative

FancyBox is a jQuery library based tool for displaying images, image galleries, html, SWF movies, Iframes and Ajax requests in a Mac OS-style “lightbox”.

FancyBox gallery - jQuery lightbox alternative

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11. Floatbox JavaScript lightbox gallery

Floatbox is a JavaScript plugin for displaying windowed content (pop-up lightbox) over top of web pages. This gallery works in all major browsers.

Floatbox JavaScript lightbox gallery

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12. GreyBox

GreyBox can be used to display websites, images (and galleries) and other content in a pop-up window.


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13. Highslide JS JavaScript thumbnail viewer

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

Highslide JS JavaScript thumbnail viewer

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14. ImageZoom Mootools plugin

It is based on LightBox JS. ImageZoom is perfect tool for photo online galleries. It can display large images on top of a page, and has the ability to group multiple photos in one set.

ImageZoom Mootools plugin

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15. jQuery lightBox plugin

lightBox plugin is used to overlay images on the current page. It is easy-to-use, easy to install and looks elegant, simple and awesome on every web designed page.

jQuery lightBox plugin

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16. Leightbox plugin, Prototype based

Plugin for displaying content in modal windows.

Leightbox plugin Prototype based

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17. Lightbox+

Inspired by Lightbox JS gallery script. Main feature: the image is resizing automatically to fit your window size.

Lightbox plus

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18. LightBox2 gallery plugin

Simple image gallery script used to overlay images or sets of images on the current page. LightBox2 works in all modern browsers. It is using Prototype JavaScript library.

LightBox2 gallery plugin

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19. Lighter Box2 lightbox script

This is really light weight lightbox script for your website images and galleries. New optimized version works with Chrome 5,6; Firefox 3; IE 7,8,9; Opera 10 and Safari 4,5.

Lighter Box2 lightbox script

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20. TopUp javascript lightbox

TopUp is an easy to use Javascript jQuery based library for showing images and webpages in a Web 2.0 style (lightbox-like). Supported media: images, flash (Youtube, SWF and FLV files), movies (QuickTime, Windows Media and Realplayer), iframes, DOM elements and raw HTML.

TopUp javascript lightbox

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21. LightWindow v2.0 lightbox plugin

Yet another, but very functional Prototype + Scriptaculous plugin, modal window, lightbox, slimbox or whatever… Tested in Windows Firefox/IE6/IE7/Safari3/Opera & Mac Firefox/Safari/Opera/Netscap. Supports different type pf Media and renders it appropriately.

LightWindow v2.0 lightbox plugin

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22. LiteBox Mootools plugin

It is a modified version of Lightbox v2.0.

LiteBox Mootools plugin

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23. LyteBox plugin

Lytebox is another javascript with lightbox effect. It was was written from the Lightbox class. It supports slideshows, themes, HTML content and images.

LyteBox plugin

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24. Milkbox Mootools plugin

Just another lightbox clone for Mootools 1.2.x. Main features are: swf support, AutoSize and maxHeihgt options, AutoPlay, XML Galleries, etc. Milkbox v3.0 will be released soon and it will be based on Mootools 1.3.

Milkbox Mootools plugin

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25. piroBox jQuery plugin

piroBox is jQuery based plugin which can open all kind of files: inLine content, swf, images, PDF. Features: auto image resizing, drag and drop. Works with FireFox 2+, Opera 9.5+, Chrome, Safari (Mac/Windows), IE 7+.

piroBox jQuery plugin

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26. PrettyPhoto jQuery based plugin

prettyPhoto is a jQuery based lightbox clone (for opening images in overlay windows). Support images, videos, YouTube, iFrames. Works with all browsers, even with IE6.

PrettyPhoto jQuery based plugin

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27. Sexy Lightbox Mootools plugin

Really sexy clone of lightbox based on Mootools.

Sexy Lightbox Mootools plugin

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28. ShadowBox media viewer

Shadowbox is a web-based JavaScript media viewer application that supports many different media formats (images, image galleries, QuickTime, Windows Media Player, Flash, Flash video, HTML, and even external web pages). Works with IE6+, Firefox 1.5+, Safari 2+, Chrome, Opera 9+.

ShadowBox media viewer

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29. SlideWindow image viewer plugin

SlideWindow — A Lightweight Image Viewer For Your Website. Works with IE (6+), Firefox, Opera and Chrome.

SlideWindow image viewer plugin

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30. Slightly ThickerBox 1.7

Slightly ThickerBox is a modification of Thickbox script. It can be used for creation of image galleries.

Slightly ThickerBox 1.7

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31. Slimbox Mootools plugin

Slimbox Mootools plugin

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32. Suckerfish HoverLightbox Redux Prototype plugin

Suckerfish HoverLightbox Redux Prototype plugin

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33. ThickBox

ThickBox is a webpage UI dialog widget written in JavaScript on top of the jQuery library. Its function is to show a single image, multiple images, inline content, iframed content, or content served through AJAX in a hybrid modal. It is outdated now.


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This was a big one :) If you have any other lightbox clone scripts – use my comment form 😉

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30 Responses to 33 jQuery, Mootools, Prototype Lightbox Scripts

  1. J. Hendrix says:

    Wow, I never knew there were so many options!

  2. These are beautiful and I’ll definitely be playing around with them. Really useful article. On a related subject does anyone know what script to use, and where to put it, for applying a permanent cookie to pop ups? I use jquery pop ups occasionally on my homepage but really want to restrict them to come up once per user rather than per session. Anybody got any ideas?

  3. S says:

    Here you have comparsion of 57 lightbox clones…

  4. Alex says:

    Bumpbox 2.0 is really awesome, thanks!

  5. Beben Koben says:

    nice collection….
    thanks for your time

  6. Cameron says:

    Pretty comprehensive :) Bookmarked.

    Thanks Alex

  7. Funkwarrior says:

    i suggest this incredible plugin:



  8. These are some excellent resources! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Jin Nguyen says:


    Here is a jquery lightbox, it’s same Multibox on Mootools, this is useful for people who love Multibox but don’t family with Mootool.

  10. Endeavour says:

    Very Good Collection. . .

  11. tuba says:

    Very nice collections, all are really cool, I like jQuery and prototype most. thanks!

  12. victor says:

    i can’t understand how they work all of these on blogger.I try to learn,learn and again learn but nothing.can you help me with a tutorial for noobs to make them work in blogger?

    Thanks and sorry.

  13. adumpaul says:

    Great artcile.I love this plugin.

  14. seo tools says:

    I have fun with, cause I found exactly what I used to be having a look for. You’ve ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

  15. jezdec says:

    I’m having troubles implementing SlideWindow in IE9. In this demo, and in one website I’m workin’ on, it shows correctly only the first photo. The second will always jump to the right (the left border of the slideWindow is in the middle of the browser, so not centered) and it’s width gets shortened. Thinking about some differences (like always) in processing of CSS styles between IE9 and other browser, which are all ok with slideWindow. Could you help me, please?

    Thank you.
    Olda, Czech republic

  16. jezdec says:

    Solved! There are 2 problems in reloadImg(). First is passsing 2 parameters to function setWndSize in imgMain.onload = function() construction, where IE9 don’t know width and height parameters of object before appending into imgArea. Better choice is passing naturalWidth and naturalHeight, so: setWndSize(this.naturalWidth, this.naturalHeight);

    Second problem is, that when new src is set to image object, IE9 automaticly adds width and height parameters. But when you change src of this object, IE9 leave previous values of width and height, so it has to be changed (or deleted) manually, like this:

    imgMain.src = ”;
    imgMain.src = images[index];

    Hope, this will help to the others.


  17. Kitesurfing says:

    Thanks!! Bumpbox 2.0 Mootools lightbox clone was exactly what I was looking for =)

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  19. deepak mishra says:

    thanks dude!!!!! really very very helpful

  20. Any ideas for a Pdf Web gallery ?

  21. aijaz says:

    Nice Collection

  22. Rehan Khan says:

    thanks allot for these scripts, they were really helpful :)

  23. bunty jorwal says:

    all are really cool, I like jQuery and prototype most. thanks!

  24. WSDR says:

    What a wonderful discovery of lightbox scripts. Thanks for the share!

  25. Jay says:

    Thank you, you saved my life.. :)

  26. hi
    i need to light box to add to my web site

  27. It Very nice, I need a template that it should a image and description about it in the right side. please help. thanks in advance

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