5 Best WordPress Lightbox Plugins

Lightbox plugins are essential if displaying high quality images is an important component of your site. The plugins work differently so it’s important to get or buy the right one to suit your individual needs. Here are plugins that integrate lightbox differently, that are worth looking into.

  1. Responsive Lightbox by dFactory

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This plugin allows visitors to your site to see larger versions of images and galleries in a lightbox overlay. You have the ability to choose from 5 responsive lightbox scripts – SwipeBox, prettyPhoto, FancyBox, Nivo Lightbox, and Image Lightbox. After choosing the script, you can begin to add lightbox to your image galleries, image links, and video links.

There are many customizable options for the script. You have the option to display post images as a gallery or modify WP gallery links to correspond with the correct image site. Also, you can trigger the lightbox to take effect on custom jquery events and enter a selector for the lightbox. Finally, there is multisite support and a filter hook so you can embed different scripts that will fit your given conditions.


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FooBox is a great responsive plugin to use if you want to ensure there is good quality viewing on smaller mobile devices. It not only scales the images to be more visually appealing, but it also changes the button controls so that they can look good in portrait or landscape.

This plugin works with WordPress galleries as well as captioned images. There are no configurations but there is social sharing, video support, HTML support, and iFrame support. You can set up slideshows and choose from 5 color schemes, 12 button icons, and 11 loader icons to customize.


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Using the jQuery JavaScript libraries, iLightBox allows you to create overlay windows and incorporate a range of media onto your site. It comes with 6 ready to use skins and is compatible with the standard WordPress gallery shortcode. It’s also compatible with Jetpack and NextGen galleries and has multisite support.

This plugin is cross browser friendly and all of it is customizable. It has SEO and video media is supported with auto recognition from major sites. There is a smart content recognizer and Multilanguage support built in so you don’t have to be too hands on with configurations of this plugin. $20


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JackBox has recently added new and productive features such as an “Ajax Compatibility” option that gets rid of the need to use API methods for Ajax-based sites. There is also compatibility now for ThemePunch’s Essentional grid so lightbox can open in Jackbox directly.

There are no shortcodes or gallery managers necessary. JackBox works seamlessly in the content editor and works like an average “hyperlink” button. However, you don’t add a click, instead you add a lightbox item. It’s fully responsive and has iFrame scrolling for mobile devices. Also, a lightbox can be created where every image, video, or audio, can be individually shared. $18


  1. NACHO Lightbox for WordPress

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This plugin integrates nicely in that it will help you showcase your images, videos and galleries of both new and old posts. The options panel is simple, but you can adjust the mode, thumbnail size, default effects, backlight colors, time durations, autoplay, social sharing buttons and more.

The plugin comes with an easy-to-use shortcode generator as well as some CSS3 skins to choose from. There is a responsive grid, which can be customized, as well as touch gestures and keyboard navigation. You can make group lightboxes and mix different content types if you desire, and there are relative dimension settings. $16


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