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Simple and easy to use lightbox script written in pure JavaScript.

Demo page

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Table of contents


  • Written in pure JavaScript, no dependencies required
  • Multiple-gallery support allows custom options for each
  • Supports swipe gestures on touch-screen devices
  • Full-screen mode available
  • Modern and minimal look
  • Image captions support
  • Responsive images
  • CSS3 transitions
  • SVG buttons, no extra files to download
  • Around 3.2KB gzipped
  • With Accessibility in mind


You can use one of the following methods:


npm install baguettebox.js --save


yarn add baguettebox.js


bower install baguettebox.js --save


  1. Use one of the following CDN providers:
  1. Copy URLs of the latest version (both .js and .css files)

  2. Paste the URLs in your HTML file:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="<CSS URL>">
<script src="<JS URL>" async></script>


  1. Download baguetteBox.min.css and baguetteBox.min.js files from the dist folder.
  2. Include them somewhere in your document:
<link rel="stylesheet" href="css/baguetteBox.min.css">
<script src="js/baguetteBox.min.js" async></script>


Traditional approach

If you don't use JavaScript modules and include the file with a <script> tag, you don't have to import anything explicitly. baguetteBox will be available in the global scope.


const baguetteBox = require('baguettebox.js');

ES2015 modules

import baguetteBox from 'baguettebox.js';


@import 'baguettebox.js/dist/baguetteBox.min.css';


Initialize the script by running:'.gallery');

where the first argument is a selector to a gallery (or galleries) containing a tags. The HTML code may look like this:

<div class="gallery">
    <a href="img/2-1.jpg" data-caption="Image caption">
        <img src="img/thumbnails/2-1.jpg" alt="First image">
    <a href="img/2-2.jpg">
        <img src="img/thumbnails/2-2.jpg" alt="Second image">

To use captions put a title or data-caption attribute on the a tag.

Note: if you import baguetteBox using the <script> tag, remember to run it after the document has loaded:

window.addEventListener('load', function() {'.gallery');


You can pass an object with custom options as the second parameter.'.gallery', {
    // Custom options

The following options are available:

Option Type Default Description
captions Boolean | function(element) true Display image captions. Passing a function will use a string returned by this callback. The only argument is a element containing the image. Invoked in the context of the current gallery array
buttons Boolean | 'auto' 'auto' Display buttons. 'auto' hides buttons on touch-enabled devices or when only one image is available
fullScreen Boolean false Enable full screen mode
noScrollbars Boolean false Hide scrollbars when gallery is displayed
bodyClass String 'baguetteBox-open' Class name that will be appended to the body when lightbox is visible (works in IE 10+)
ignoreClass String null It will ignore images with given class put on a tag
titleTag Boolean false Use caption value also in the gallery img.title attribute
async Boolean false Load files asynchronously
preload Number 2 How many files should be preloaded
animation 'slideIn' | 'fadeIn' | false 'slideIn' Animation type
afterShow function null Callback to be run after showing the overlay
afterHide function null Callback to be run after hiding the overlay
onChange function(currentIndex, imagesCount) null Callback to be run when image changes
overlayBackgroundColor String 'rgba
Background color for the lightbox overlay
filter RegExp /.+\.(gif|jpe?g|png|webp)/i Pattern to match image files. Applied to the a.href attribute


run(selector, userOptions)

Initialize baguetteBox.js

  • @param selector {string} - valid CSS selector used by querySelectorAll
  • @param userOptions {object} - custom options (see #Customization)
  • @return {array} - an array of gallery objects (reflects elements found by the selector)

show(index, gallery)

Show (if hidden) and move the gallery to a specific index

  • @param index {number} - the position of the image
  • @param gallery {array} - gallery which should be opened, if omitted assumes the currently opened one
  • @return {boolean} - true on success or false if the index is invalid


const gallery ='.gallery');, gallery[0]);


Switch to the next image

  • @return {boolean} - true on success or false if there are no more images to be loaded


Switch to the previous image

  • @return {boolean} - true on success or false if there are no more images to be loaded


Hide the gallery


Remove the plugin with any event bindings

Responsive images

To use this feature, simply put data-at-{width} attributes on a tags with a value being the path to the desired image. {width} should be the maximum screen width the image can be displayed at. The script chooses the first image with {width} greater than or equal to the current screen width for best user experience. That last data-at-X image is also used in the case of a screen larger than X.

Here's an example of what the HTML code can look like:

<a href="img/2-1.jpg"
    <img src="img/thumbs/2-1.jpg">

If you have 1366x768 resolution baguetteBox.js will choose "img/medium/2-1.jpg". If, however, it's 1440x900 it'll choose "img/big/2-1.jpg". Keep the href attribute as a fallback (link to a bigger image e.g. of HD size) for older browsers.



  • IE 8+
  • Chrome
  • Firefox 3.6+
  • Opera 12+
  • Safari 5+


  • Safari on iOS
  • Chrome on Android


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.


If you find this project useful and want to say thanks, you can buy me a cup of coffee :)


Creation of baguetteBox.js was inspired by a great jQuery plugin touchTouch.

Huge thanks for providing a testing platform go to BrowserStack


Copyright (c) 2018 feimosi

This content is released under the MIT License.

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