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jQuery Colorbox

Adds Colorbox/Lightbox functionality to images, grouped by post or page. Works for WordPress and NextGEN galleries. Comes with different themes.

4.6.2 (2016-11-14)

  • BUGFIX: use __construct() to support newer PHP versions
  • CHANGE: Add some graphix

4.6.1 (2015-12-06)

  • CHANGE: If title attribute of image is empty, the alt attribute is used to display the colorbox title.
  • CHANGE: update Colorbox version to 1.4.33
  • CHANGE: update jQuery version to 1.10.1 (if selected on settings page)

4.6 (2013-01-21)

  • NEW: Czech translation by David Weis
  • CHANGE: Update of the Slovak translation by B. Radenovich
  • CHANGE: update Colorbox version to 1.3.21
  • CHANGE: update jQuery version to 1.9.0 (if selected on settings page)

4.5 (2012-11-03)

  • NEW: Bulgarian translation by Nikolay Zaynelov
  • BUGFIX: Zoom overlay does not break floating images any more
  • BUGFIX: add CSS class to WP galleries if "add to all" is selected and the gallery is outside of the text area of a post and page
  • CHANGE: update Colorbox version to
  • CHANGE: update jQuery version to 1.8.2 (if selected on settings page)

4.4.1 (2012-07-19)

  • BUGFIX: using colorbox-link works again

4.4 (2012-07-16)

  • NEW: A Zoom overlay can be added to images automatically
  • NEW: Added option to load all JavaScript in the footer
  • NEW: Added option to use jQuery library from Google instead of the one that comes with WordPress
  • CHANGE: successfully tested with WordPress 3.4
  • CHANGE: links can now be grouped by adding CSS class "colorbox-link-NUMBER"
  • CHANGE: Marco Chiesi updated the italian translation
  • CHANGE: switch declaration of 'NAME' and 'TEXTDOMAIN'

4.3 (2012-03-12)

  • NEW: Romanian translation by Luke Tyler
  • CHANGE: Ukrainian translation updated by Jurko Chervony
  • CHANGE: update to Colorbox 1.3.19
  • CHANGE: gracefully add CSS style colorbox-link to TinyMCE style dropdown
  • CHANGE: use plugins_url to make links HTTPS aware
  • CHANGE: increase z-index of Colorbox and overlay to 99999 since Twentyeleven has a Header z-index of 9999
  • CHANGE: removing meta tag from header since it's not HTML5 compatible
  • CHANGE: pulled all links to company sites of translators on request by WordPress staff
  • CHANGE: successfully tested with WordPress 3.3
  • CHANGE: Plugin name now translatable
  • CHANGE: Defaults are now used if JavaScript options can't be set because of JavaScript minimizers

4.2 (2011-10-16)

  • NEW: Danish translation by Michael Bering Petersen
  • NEW: Vietnamese translation by Techfacts
  • NEW: added option to remove the link to the developers site from the WordPress meta-box.
  • BUGFIX: "Automate Colorbox for all other images" now again works as intended. (functionality broke in 4.1)
  • BUGFIX: fixes "Undefined index: colorboxAddClassToLinks" error
  • BUGFIX: got rid of PHP's XML-RPC methods, also plugin checks now before calling XML-related methods.
  • CHANGE: Updated Colorbox version to 1.3.18

4.1 (2011-06-25)

  • NEW: Plugin is compatible to WordPress 3.2
  • NEW: Polish translation by Kornel Łysikowski
  • NEW: Finnish translation by Lauri Merisaari
  • NEW: Simplified Chinese translation by Lucas Ho
  • BUGFIX: Plugin will only select links with class colorbox-link, no other HTML tags.
  • BUGFIX: JavaScript will work with jQuery 1.6 now
  • BUGFIX: loading inline content does not trigger loading an iframe any more.
  • BUGFIX: regex for IMG tag works correctly now.
  • CHANGE: Update of Colorbox library to version
  • CHANGE: JavaScript now ignores links that do not have the optional "href" attribute.
  • CHANGE: Links from images to non-images are now opened in a Colorbox.
  • CHANGE: Moved bulk of JavaScript from inline to file, consolidated files
  • CHANGE: Additional option for adding colorbox class to images outside of posts and pages.
  • CHANGE: Major refactoring, hopefully speeds up frontend and backend rendering
  • CHANGE: Render Meta-Tag with plugin version into blog header instead of comments
  • CHANGE: French translation updated by Pierre Sudarovich

4.0 (2011-04-16)

  • CHANGE: Restructured settings page
  • CHANGE: Plugin again compatible to PHP4.
  • CHANGE: Update of Colorbox library to version 1.3.16
  • CHANGE: jQuery calls won't break other JavaScript libraries like Prototype or Scriptaculous any more
  • NEW: Set width and height for Colorbox links once separate from the Colorbox setting for images
  • NEW: Inline HTML content can now be loaded in the Colorbox.
  • NEW: Latvian translation by Uldis Jansons
  • CHANGE: Modar Soos updated the Arabic translation
  • CHANGE: Joao Netto updated the Portuguese translation
  • CHANGE: Arkadiy Florinskiy updated the Russian translation
  • CHANGE: Made plugin compatible to the "smugmug" plugin.
  • CHANGE: Moved Colorbox CSS class add to style dropdown of TinyMCE

3.8.3 (2010-12-24)

  • NEW: Spanish translation by Inma P.-Zubizarreta
  • BUGFIX: re-added the option to hide flash objects behind the colorbox overlay.

3.8.2 (2010-12-21)

  • BUGFIX: Last bugfix broke minor functionality.

3.8.1 (2010-12-21)

  • BUGFIX: Last bugfix broke the plugin, settings are now correctly read again.

3.8 (2010-12-21)

  • BUGFIX: Theme change is now saved again.

3.7 (2010-12-21)

  • NEW: Experimental feature: jQuery Colorbox can now open external websites/pictures if the link has the class "colorbox-link" and a width/height for the colorbox is set.
  • BUGFIX: Plugin now works if WP_DEBUG is set to "true". Thx to Roy Iversen for the bug report!
  • CHANGE: rewrote auto-add JavaScript. Thx to jrevillini for the help!
  • NEW: Slovak translation by Stefan Stieranka
  • NEW: Swedish translation by Christian
  • CHANGE: Update of Colorbox library to version 1.3.15
  • CHANGE: performance improvement: colorbox-class is only automatically added only to images that do not already have a colorbox-class.

3.6 (2010-09-12)

  • CHANGE: Update of Colorbox library to version 1.3.9 which fixes lots of bugs. Most notably the "0 by 0" bug in Chrome.

3.5 (2010-06-16)

  • NEW: Ukrainian translation by Yuri Kryzhanivskyi
  • NEW: Italian translation by Erkinson
  • NEW: Hebrew translation by Tommy Gordon
  • BUGFIX: URLs are now generated correctly for WP-MU installations
  • NEW: Added latest donations and top donations to settings page

3.4 (2010-05-24)

  • NEW: Colorbox is not applied to image links that have the class colorbox-off any more. Useful for NextGEN users.
  • NEW: Dutch translation by Richard van Laak
  • NEW: Malay translation by Saha-ini Ahmad Safian
  • CHANGE: Added CSS id "colorboxLink" to link in Meta container.
  • CHANGE: Modar Soos updated the Arabic translation

3.3 (2010-05-05)

  • NEW: Belorussian translation by Marcis G.
  • NEW: Russian translation by Arkadiy Florinskiy
  • BUGFIX: Screenshot for Theme#10 is now displayed correctly.
  • NEW: Added Theme#11, a modified version of Theme#1.
  • BUGFIX: Theme#7,9 and 11 will work in Internet Explorer 6 now.
  • CHANGE: Minified CSS and JavaScript
  • NEW: registered link to plugin page in WordPress Meta widget

3.2 (2010-04-20)

  • NEW: Added theme#10, thx to Serhat Yolaçan for all the hard work! (CSS3 rounded edges, IE does not support that)
  • CHANGE: jQuery Colorbox plugin now adds necessary CSS class to all embedded images.
  • CHANGE: jQuery Colorbox plugin is now compatible to NextGEN Gallery
  • CHANGE: Vedran Jurincic updated the bosnian translation
  • NEW: Arabic translation by Modar Soos

3.1 (2010-04-10)

  • BUGFIX: Automatic hiding of embedded flash objects under Colorbox layer now works in Internet Explorer.
  • NEW: Added theme#9, a modified version of theme#4.
  • NEW: French translation by Tolingo Translations
  • NEW: If auto colorbox is switched on, plugin now adds Colorbox functionality to every image regardless of position
  • CHANGE: Serhat Yolaçan updated the turkish translation.

3.0.1 (2010-03-31)

  • BUGFIX: Settings are NOW REALLY not overridden any more every time the plugin gets activated.

3.0 (2010-03-31)

  • NEW: Decided to move from 2.0.1 to 3.0 because I implemented many new features
  • BUGFIX: Slideshow speed setting works now.
  • BUGFIX: Settings are not overridden any more every time the plugin gets activated.
  • BUGFIX: jQuery Colorbox now works again for links with uppercase suffixes (IMG,JPG etc) thx to Jason Stapels for the bug report and fix!
  • NEW: Added theme#6, a modified version of theme#1. (not compatible with IE6) thx to Gervásio Antônio for all the hard work!
  • NEW: Added theme#7, a modified version of theme#1. thx to Vedran Jurincic for the feature request!
  • NEW: Added theme#8, a modified version of theme#6.
  • NEW: Added screenshots of all themes, screenshot of selected theme is shown in admin menu
  • NEW: Added warning if the plugin is activated but not set to work for all images on the blog. Warning can be turned off on the settings page.
  • NEW: Added setting for automatic hiding of embedded flash objects under Colorbox layer. Default: false
  • NEW: Added switch for preloading of "previous" and "next" images. Default: false
  • NEW: Added switch for closing of Colorbox on click on opacity layer. Default: false
  • NEW: Added setting for transition type. Default: elastic
  • NEW: Added setting for transition speed. Default: 250 milliseconds
  • NEW: Added setting for overlay opacity. Default: 0.85
  • CHANGE: Fixed fonts in Colorbox to Arial 12px
  • NEW: Turkish translation by Serhat Yolaçan
  • NEW: Portuguese translation by Gervásio Antônio
  • NEW: Bosnian translation by Vedran Jurincic
  • NEW: Plugin should be WPMU compatible now. Haven't tested myself, though. Would appreciate any feedback.
  • NEW: Successfully tested jQuery Colorbox with jQuery 1.4.2
  • CHANGE: Fixed "slideshow" offset from right hand side in the Colorbox of theme#4

2.0.1 (2010-02-11)

  • BUGFIX: slideshow does not start automatically any more if the setting is not checked on the settings page.

2.0 (2010-02-11)

  • NEW: Decided to move from 1.3.3 to 2.0 because I implemented many new features.
  • BUGFIX: fixed relative paths for theme1 and theme4 by adding the CSS for the Internet Explorer workaround directly into the page. Thx to Andrew Radke for the suggestion!
  • NEW: switch adding of colorbox-postId classes to images in posts and pages on and off through setting. Default: off.
  • NEW: now works for images outside of posts (e.g. sidebar or header) if CSS class colorbox-manual is added manually
  • NEW: jQuery Colorbox now working for WordPress attachment pages
  • NEW: Added switch that adds slideshow functionality to all Colorbox groups. (no way to add slideshows individually yet)
  • NEW: Added switch that adds automatic start to slideshows (no way to add slideshows individually yet)
  • NEW: Added configuration of slideshow speed
  • NEW: Added switch that allows the user to decide whether Colorbox scales images
  • NEW: Added demos of the plugin on the plugin page
  • NEW: Added configuration for adding colorbox class only to WordPress galleries
  • NEW: Automatically resets settings if settings of a version prior to 1.4 are found upon activation
  • NEW: width and height can now be configured as percent relative to browser window size or in pixels (default is percent)
  • CHANGE: jQuery Colorbox is now only working on Image links (of type jpeg, jpg, gif, png, bmp)
  • CHANGE: Improved translation. Thx to Fabian Wolf for the help!
  • CHANGE: updated the FAQ
  • CHANGE: Updated readme.
  • CHANGE: Updated descriptions and translations

1.3.3 (2010-01-21)

  • BUGFIX: fixed settings page, options can be saved now
  • NEW: added settings deletion on uninstall and "delete settings from database" functionality to settings page
  • CHANGE: moved adding of CSS class priority lower, hopefully now the CSS class is added to pictures after other plugins update the HTML
  • CHANGE: updated the FAQ

1.3.2 (2010-01-19)

  • CHANGE: moved back to regexp replacement and implemented a workaround in the JavaScript to still allow images to be excluded by adding the class colorbox-off

1.3.1 (2010-01-18)

  • CHANGE: changed include calls for Colorbox JavaScript and CSS to version 1.3.6
  • CHANGE: optimized modification of the_content


  • NEW: jQuery-Colorbox won't add Colorbox functionality to images that have the CSS class colorbox-off
  • CHANGE: Updated Colorbox version to 1.3.6
  • CHANGE: should be compatible to jQuery 1.4, still using 1.3.2 at the moment because it is bundled in WordPress 2.9.1
  • CHANGE: changed the way that the Colorbox CSS class is added to images to be more reliable
  • CHANGE: changed layout of settings page
  • CHANGE: updated the FAQ


  • BUGFIX: fixes bug where colorbox was not working if linked images were used (by the theme) outside of blog posts and pages.
  • NEW: adds configuration for Colorbox and picture resizing


  • BUGFIX: fixes critical bug which would break rendering the blog. Sorry, was not aware that the plugin would be listed before I tagged the files as 1.0 in subversion...


  • NEW: Initial release.
  • NEW: Added Colorbox version 1.3.5

Requires: 2.8 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.6.4
Last Updated: 4 months ago
Active Installs: 60,000+


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