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jQuery Lightbox For Native Galleries


DISCONTINUATION NOTICE: Development on this plugin has ceased in favor of the carousel module in the Jetpack plugin. I recommend you use that plugin instead — it’s much more full featured.

Makes the native WordPress galleries use a lightbox script called ColorBox to display the fullsize images right there in the page. No modifications required.

You can also make single non-[gallery] images use the lightbox by giving their links a class of “lightbox”, like so:

<a href="..." class="lightbox"><img src="..." alt="..." /></a>


Log into the administration area of your blog and click on Plugins -> Add New in the menu. Search for the name of this plugin and then click install on the right side, and then again in the pop-up window.

Contributors & Developers

“jQuery Lightbox For Native Galleries” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



Version 3.2.2

  • Update ColorBox to v1.3.14 (see it’s changelog). Fixes functionality under WordPress 3.1.

Version 3.2.1

Version 3.2.0

  • Make any link that has the class lightbox into a lightbox. No grouping or anything, at least for now.

Version 3.1.4

  • Don’t change the attachment link inside the admin area.

Version 3.1.3

Version 3.1.2

  • Remove IE PNG fixes as they require a full URL and it’s not worth the trouble. Works well enough in IE8.
  • Change how groups of images are labeled (use a random number rather than the gallery’s ID so it works with the Twenty Ten theme).

Version 3.1.1

  • Update ColorBox to v1.3.4.

Version 3.1.0

  • Update ColorBox to v1.3.3.
  • Include all five of the default ColorBox themes and add a settings page to pick between them.
  • Change the lightbox maxwidth and maxheight to 95% as I think it looks better.

Version 3.0.2

  • Don’t do anything inside of feeds (i.e. modify the thumbnail links).

Version 3.0.1

  • Fix spelling mistake on the ColorBox style ID.

Version 3.0.0

  • Switch the awesome ColorBox. It looks pretty and does large image resizing. Yay!

Version 2.0.1

  • Remove an extra comma that was breaking stupid Internet Explorer. Props Troy.

Version 2.0.0

  • Switched lightbox scripts as I was unhappy with the previous one.

Version 1.1.0

  • Update jquery_lightbox package. It now supports resizing images that are too large as well as not disabling IE6 support.
  • Makes the lightbox gallery-aware, i.e. don’t allow next/prev between image sets. Thanks to Benjamin “balupton” Lupton!

Version 1.0.1

  • Better WordPress 2.6 support (i.e. when you have a moved plugins directory).

Version 1.0.0

  • Initial release.