Lightbox integration for Plone

Lightbox is a JavaScript technique used to display images or other web content as an overlay on the current page and not to load a new page. At the same time the rest of the page content is temporarily darkened to focus user’s attention on the currently displayed image or other content type. Plugins that enable lightbox feature allow to change overlay position, size and animation, as well as other display options, e.g. caption and slide show.
There are two popular solutions for adding Lightbox features to the websites:

  • lightbox - small javascript library that executes the most important function - overlays images on top of the current page. It is easy to set up. It works in all modern browsers and is unobtrusive JavaScript, so those browsers that can’t load the script will necessary image on the separate page.
  • prettyphoto - a jQuery lightbox plugin. It supports images, videos, flash, YouTube, iframes and ajax. It is very flexible, works with the most browsers and has a lot of customization options.

Lightbox tools for Plone

The best tools are those, that were initially developed to suit specific needs and to perform characteristic functions. To improve lightbox integration and make it work directly with Plone, there are several products.


Collective.prettyphoto is a prettyphoto integration for Plone. It is a jQuery based media lightbox that supports images. Support for videos, flash, YouTube, iFrames and ajax was also added. It is easy to set up this add-on and it works with all major browsers.

Plone Slimbox

Slimbox is a lightbox add-on for Plone site. It can be used for album view, news item image and COREBlog2 attachment image view.


Collective.plonetruegallery is a product for Plone that enables lightbox gallery and slideshow using plone, picasa or flickr images. You need to choose Gallery View for Folder or Collection content type and customize offered settings. This add-on uses dependant packages to support several display types .


Ftw.colorbox is a lightweight customizable product for Plone. This jQuery plugin supports photos, grouping, slideshow, ajax, inline, and iframed content. It is completely unobtrusive, changes to existing HTML are not required. ftw.colorbox is quite popular and used on more than 600,000 websites.

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