Chocolat : the lightbox so cool horses use it 🐴
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Latest commit ffba7f4 Feb 22, 2017 @nicolas-t committed on GitHub bumped to 0.4.16

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Chocolat is a responsive lightbox
What you are looking for is in the /dist/ folder.
Demo page is here

Image of Chocolat


You can install chocolat as a node module
(css from node_modules has to be linked in your html file anyway)

yarn add chocolat


npm install chocolat

Or the old school way by linking dist/js/jquery.chocolat.js and dist/css/chocolat.css to your html file


<div id="example1" data-chocolat-title="Set title">
    <a class="chocolat-image" href="img/a.jpg" title="image caption a">
        A <!-- you can display a thumbnail here : <img src="thumb/a.jpg" /> -->
    <a class="chocolat-image" href="img/b.jpg" title="image caption b">
        B <!-- you can display a thumbnail here : <img src="thumb/b.jpg" /> -->



Name Default Description
container window Sets whether viewer will open and fill the whole page (default), or whether it should open in a particular block of the page. For example #container2, in this case the height and width of the block must be defined.values can be : window, selector, jQuery element, or a node
imageSelector '.chocolat-image' Selector to find images in the parent element (on which chocolat is called)
linkImages true Sets whether we can switch from one image to another, within the same call, without closing the viewer (true) , or if the images remain independent (false).
Warning: if LinkImage: is false then displayAsALink must be worth false too.
Otherwise we can only view the first image in the set.
setTitle '' Title of the set. Can also be defined from the html, with the data-chocolat-title attribute
className '' Add a custom css class to the parent of the lightbox
imageSize 'default' Can be 'default', 'contain', 'native', or 'cover'.
default : if the image is bigger than the window it's resized to fit, else if the image is smaller than the window it's not streched, only displayed at native dimensions.
'contain' : if the image is bigger than the window it's resized to fit, else if the image is smaller than the window it's streched, to fit the window.
'cover' : the image cover the window, no white space are displayed. More informations & exemple about contain/cover here.
'native' : the image is never streched nor shrinked, always displayed at native dimensions
fullScreen false Allow fullscreen browsing (hides the browser window)
loop false Last image + 1 leads to first image & first image - 1 leads to last image.
duration 300 Animations duration
firstImage 0 Index of the image that you want to start the series.
lastImage 0 Index of the image that you want to end the series.
separator2 '/' Text between the number of the image and the number of images in the set, does not matter.
images [] Array of object representing the set images [{src:'img1.jpg'}, {src:'img1.jpg'}, ...]
You can also specify image title [{src:'img1.jpg', title: 'title'}, ..]
enableZoom true Disable or enable the zooming feature
setIndex 0 Set index. yes.
afterMarkup null Function (hook) called just after markup is created.
You can use it to alter the default markup: to move the caption at the top of the image for example.
afterMarkup: function () {



Call chocolat like this :

    var instance = $('#example1').Chocolat().data('chocolat');

Then API calls can be made like this (open for exemple):


open : param (optionnal) : i Open the lightbox on the image whose index is i. By default on the first image (i=0). Returns a $.Deferred object.

close : Close the lightbox. Returns a $.Deferred object.

prev : Change image backward. Returns a $.Deferred object.

next : Change image forward. Returns a $.Deferred object.

goto : param : i (Alias of open) go to image whose index is i on an already opened ligthbox. Returns a $.Deferred object.

place : Center the image in its parent. Returns a $.Deferred object.

destroy : Destroy the current instance. Remove elements, unbind events, clear data.

set : params : property, value Classic setter

get : param : property Classic getter

getElem : param : name Returns a jQuery object composing the lightbox. Ex: for the next arrow : instance.api().getElem('right')

current : Returns the index of the current image.

CSS Classes

.chocolat-open : Set to the container when the lightbox is open.

.chocolat-in-container : Set to the container when chocolat is open in a block (container != window)

.chocolat-cover : Set to the container when chocolat imageSize is set to 'cover'

.chocolat-zoomable : Set to the container when chocolat is zoomable

.chocolat-zoomed : Set to the container when chocolat is zoomed


Open source license

If you are creating an open source application under a license compatible with the GNU GPL license v3, you may use this project under the terms of the GPLv3.


Feel free to contribute by forking then making a pull request. Edit files in the /src/ folder, run gulp to copy/minify into the /dist/ folder and to watch for changes.


To test, run gulp test, if you don't have all packages installed then run npm install Tests are written in test/src/

Angular (ng-chocolat)

An angular directive of Chocolat.js exists thanks to @beuted: