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Glightbox is a pure javascript lightbox. It can display images, iframes, inline content and videos with optional autoplay for youtube, vimeo and even self hosted videos.


  • Small - only 11KB Gzipped
  • Responsive - works with any screen size
  • Gallery Support - Create multiple galleries
  • Video Support - Youtube, Vimeo and self hosted videos with autoplay
  • Inline content support - display any inline content
  • Iframe support - need to embed an iframe? no problem
  • Keyboard Navigation - esc, arrows keys, tab and enter is all you need
  • Touch Navigation - mobile touch events
  • Zoomable images - zoom and drag images on mobile and desktop
  • Api - control the lightbox with the provided methods
  • Customizable - create your skin or modify the animations with some minor css changes

Live Demo

You can check the live demo right here


$ npm install glightbox
# OR
$ yarn add glightbox
# OR
$ bower install glightbox
import GLightbox from 'glightbox'

Or manually download and link glightbox.min.js in your HTML:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="dist/css/glightbox.css">
<script src="dist/js/glightbox.min.js"></script>


<link rel="stylesheet" href="">
<script src=""></script>

<script type="text/javascript">
    const lightbox = GLightbox({ ...options });


<!-- Simple image -->
<a href="large.jpg" class="glightbox">
    <img src="small.jpg" alt="image">

<!-- Video -->
<a href="" class="glightbox2">
    <img src="small.jpg" alt="image">

<!-- Gallery -->
<a href="large.jpg" class="glightbox3" data-gallery="gallery1">
    <img src="small.jpg" alt="image">
<a href="video.mp4" class="glightbox3" data-gallery="gallery1">
    <img src="small.jpg" alt="image">

<!-- Simple Description -->
<a href="large.jpg" class="glightbox4" data-glightbox="title: My title; description: this is the slide desciption">
    <img src="small.jpg" alt="image">

<!-- Advanced Description -->
<a href="large.jpg" class="glightbox5" data-glightbox="title: My title; description: .custom-desc1">
    <img src="small.jpg" alt="image">

<div class="glightbox-desc custom-desc1">
    <p>The content of this div will be used as the slide description</p>
    <p>You can add links and any HTML you want</p>

Slide Options

You can specify some options to each individual slide, the available options are:

  • title
  • description
  • descPosition
  • type
  • effect
  • width
  • height
<!-- One line config -->
<a href="large.jpg" data-glightbox="title: Your title; description: desciption here; descPosition: left; type: image; effect: fade; width: 900px; height: auto;"></a>

<!-- Multiple data attributes / You can use the options as separated data attributes -->
<a href="large.jpg" data-title="My title" data-description="desciption here" data-descPosition="right" data-type="image" data-effect="fade" data-width="900px" data-height="auto"></a>

Lightbox Options

Example use of the options.

const lightbox = GLightbox({
    touchNavigation: true,
    loopAtEnd: true,
    autoplayVideos: true,
    onOpen: () => {
        console.log('Lightbox opened')
    beforeSlideLoad: (slide, data) => {
        // Need to execute a script in the slide?
        // You can do that here...

// Instead of using a selector, define the gallery elements
const myGallery = GLightbox({
    elements: [
            'href': '',
            'type': 'image',
            'title': 'My Title',
            'description': 'Example',
            'href': '',
            'type': 'image'
            'href': '',
            'type': 'video',
            'source': 'youtube', //vimeo, youtube or local
            'width': 900,
    autoplayVideos: true,

// If later you need to modify the elements you can use setElements
Option Type Default Description
selector string glightbox Class name of the elements.
elements array null Instead of passing a selector you can pass all the items that you want in the gallery.
skin string clean Name of the skin, it will add a class to the lightbox so you can style it with css.
openEffect string zoomIn Name of the effect on lightbox open. (zoom, fade, none)
closeEffect string zoomOut Name of the effect on lightbox close. (zoom, fade, none)
slideEffect string slide Name of the effect on slide change. (slide, fade, zoom, none)
moreText string See more More text for descriptions on mobile devices.
moreLength number 60 Number of characters to display on the description before adding the moreText link (only for mobiles), if 0 it will display the entire description.
closeButton boolean true Show or hide the close button.
touchNavigation boolean true Enable or disable the touch navigation (swipe).
keyboardNavigation boolean true Enable or disable the keyboard navigation.
closeOnOutsideClick boolean true Close the lightbox when clicking outside the active slide.
startAt number 0 Start lightbox at defined index.
width number 900 Default with for inline elements and iframes, you can define a specific size on each slide.
height number 506 Default height for inline elements and iframes, you can define a specific size on each slide. For inline elements you can set the height to auto.
videosWidth number 960 Default width for videos. Videos are responsive so height is not required.
descPosition string bottom Global position for slides description, you can define a specific position on each slide (bottom, top, left, right).
loopAtEnd boolean false Loop slide at end.
svg object {} Set your own svg icons
autoplayVideos boolean true Autoplay videos on open.
plyr object {} View video player options.


Option Description
onOpen Provide a function when the lightbox is opened for the first time.
onClose Provide a function when the lightbox is closed.
beforeSlideChange Trigger a function before the slide is changed beforeSlideChange: function(prevSlide, slide) {}
afterSlideChange Trigger a function after the slide is changed afterSlideChange: function(prevSlide, activeSlide) {}
beforeSlideLoad Trigger a function before a slide is loaded for the first time, the function will only be called once. beforeSlideLoad: function(slide, data) {}
afterSlideLoad Trigger a function after a slide is loaded for the first time, the function will only be called once. afterSlideLoad: function(slide, data) {}

Video player

Starting from version 2.0.2 glightbox droped support of JWPlayer because that player implemented new restrictions for the free edition, it was replaced with an awesome new player "Plyr" that also includes support for youtube and vimeo. So instead of maintaining 3 different apis now we only can focus on one. You can pass any Plyr option to the player, view all available options here Plyr options.

Please note that GLightbox will only inject the video player library if required and only when the lightbox is opened.

const lightbox = GLightbox({
    plyr: {
        css: '', // Default not required to include
        js: '', // Default not required to include
        config: {
            muted: false,
            hideControls: true,
            youtube: {
                noCookie: true,
                rel: 0,
                showinfo: 0,
                iv_load_policy: 3
            vimeo: {
                byline: false,
                portrait: false,
                title: false,
                speed: true,
                transparent: false


There are methods, setters and getters on a GLightbox object. The easiest way to access the GLightbox object is to set the return value from your call to a variable. For example:

const lightbox = GLightbox({...options});


Example method use:

lightbox.nextSlide(); // Go to next slide
lightbox.close(); // Close de lightbox
Option Parameters Description
open node Open the lightbox, you can optionally pass a node.
close - Close the lightbox.
reload - Reload the lightbox, after inserting content with ajax.
destroy - Destroy and remove all attached events.
prevSlide - Go to the previous slide.
nextSlide - Go to the next slide.
goToSlide number Index of the slide.
getActiveSlide - Get active slide. It will return the active node.
getActiveSlideIndex - Get active slide. It will return the active slide index.
playSlideVideo number Play video in the specified slide.
stopSlideVideo number Stop video in the specified slide.
setElements {} Update the lightbox gallery elements.
// Example set custom gallery items
    'href': '',
    'type': 'image'
    'href': '',
    'type': 'video',
    'source': 'youtube', //vimeo, youtube or local
    'width': 900,
// Open the lightbox;


$ npm install
$ npm run watch

Browser Support

GLightbox was tested in the following browsers.

  • Safari
  • Mobile Safari
  • Opera
  • Edge
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer 11

It will work in any browser that supports css Flexbox


Feel free to report any issues! If you wish to contribute by fixing a bug or implementing a new feature, please first read the CONTRIBUTING guide.



  • Fixed some errors when zooming and dragging images
  • Fixed description position not respected when configured globally
  • Fixed local videos not resized correctly when entered fullscreen


  • New: Zooming images. Now you can zoom images on desktop if image is too large
  • New: Now you can also define the slide description using the content of any div you want.
  • New: Replaced png icons with svg and added options to customize them.
  • Fixed responsive videos not resizing correctly when resizing the window vertically
  • Fixed responsive images not resizing correctly if they have description and the window height is lower that the slide height
  • Fixed youtube video not detected correctly for urls like youtube(-nocookie).com/embed/...


  • New: Plyr player, we have changed to this player so that way only one api is managed instead of 3
  • New: Added tabindex accesibility to loop the controls with the tab key
  • New: Inside inline content you can close the lightbox by adding the class gtrigger-close to any element
  • Fixed StartAt not taking specified index
  • Removed JWPlayer because that player implemented some restrictions unless you pay for a license
  • Improved mobile touch events, swipe, move, zoom, etc.
  • Changed: Youtube now by default uses, you can enable cookies in the config with youtube.nocookie to false
  • Removed option videosHeight. The height is automatic depending the video width and ratio.
  • Removed Gulp and replaced for pure nodejs scripts
  • Improved documentation


  • Fixed Mobile navigation
  • Fixed slide width for external sources


  • New: Delegated permissions to cross-origin iframes (for the new browsers autoplay restrictions)
  • Fixed youtube, vimeo autoplay when changing slides
  • Fixed lightbox won't fit screen with description
  • Fixed Removed global body variable that was causing some problems


  • Added svg to source types so it can be displayed as an image @tuomassalo
  • Added contributing file
  • Updated dependencies @tuomassalo.
  • Removed demo folder from npm


  • New: You can define each slide option in a different data attribute (data-title="example" data-description="...")
  • Fixed youtube and vimeo autoplay when opened for the first time
  • Fixed global slide params not working
  • Fixed some issues on IE11
  • Fixed using characters : or ; in slide description


  • New: Added reload method, useful when injecting content with ajax, cloning nodes, etc.
  • Fixed closeButton setting not removing the element
  • Fixed video not displayed on mobile devices


  • New: Now you can set individual width and height for each slide with inlines or iframes.
  • New: Now you can set individual source types for each slide ('type': 'image' | 'iframe' | 'video' | 'inline' | 'external).
  • New: Published on npm
  • New: Published on bower
  • Fixed afterSlideLoad only triggered one time for all the slides
  • Fixed a small space between the image and description when is set to top or bottom


  • New: Added none as a new option to disable open, close and slide animations
  • New: Added new options (touchNavigation, keyboardNavigation, closeOnOutsideClick) to enable or disable user interaction
  • Fixed open and close effect not taking a custom animation
  • Fixed an error when calling the destroy method and no videos were present in the slider


  • Improved the open method so it can be called without duplicating the structure and events
  • New: The original node is passed to events like beforeSlideChange, afterSlideChange, etc.


  • New: Added option moreLength to control the number of characters in the description for mobile devices


  • Fixed instance not returned and unable to call public methods


  • Fixed large images not displayed correctly


  • Initial release


This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the file for details

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