15 Best Photo Gallery Scripts for Web Developers
Displaying galleries of images on a website is a common practice that many people struggle with simply because they have no means to deploy the images without loading a large gallery tool or script. I’ve curated a list of my favorite light-weight gallery scripts for deploying photo galleries in a website.
View.js – A beautiful, modern jQuery gallery slider that can be integrated into just about anything you can imagine. The developer of the script, also ensured that the script was responsive, so that it works on mobile devices like iPhones and iPads.
Flexslider – This is an excellent jQuery slider produced by the team at Woothemes. They’ve done an excellent job of creating the gallery system so that it is responsive, and has tons of customization features.
ColorBox – A lite-weight, customizable lightbox plugin for jQuery. The idea behind ColorBox is to allow users to use the script, and easily customize it for their specific needs. Recently suggested to me by Rob Alan, this has already become my favorite script due to it’s ease-of-use and ability to be fully customized.
Fancy Zoom – If you’re Mac user and have visited any popular Apple product website you’ll recognize this pop-up image look. Fancy Zoom uses the Prototype JS library to control the effect and it allows you to embedd images, text, or even flash into the popup window.
LiteBox – A simple, smaller very of Lokesh Dhakar’s Lightbox2 photogallery script. This simple script allows you to quicklycreate a zoomed version of image thumbnails in your website pages. It provides support for single photos as well as provides support for creating a navigable gallery of images.
Shadowbox – Billed as a “online media viewer application” this script gives developers the ability to link to images, flash, video, text, websites, and other media content without having to make the visitor leave the page. It works in all modern browsers and has a fairly good support community.
Cabel’s FacyZoom – Cabel’s version of FancyZoom is the original script. It uses AJAX to load the images to save initial page load weight. It has some great features and works in all modern browsers but developers should simply compare the two versions of FancyZoom and select which one is best for their project.
Galleria – Based in jQuery, Galleria is a beautiful, smooth and elegant photo gallery script that offers full pre-load functionality and easy thumbnail based navigation for the photos. Can be integrated with Flickr accounts to keep the dynamic code from being broken by inexperienced end-users.
Imago – This gallery script developed with AJAX and designed to allow you to pull photos from different sources make it very versatile. It has support for Flickr, SmugMug, SimplViewer, has a small footprint and is built with Mootools.
Nivo Slider – Another fantastic jQuery based slide-show script that developers can use to create very customizable galleries. The default effects and styles are high quality and the code proves to be very well structured and clean. Thanks to Jon Page for the tip!
Coppermine – Not a personal favorite of mine, however, it seems to be a favorite of developers. From my experience the themeing process was overly completed, when it didn’t need to be. However, the script does seem to give you a very high degree of customization and shouldn’t be ignored.
Flash Based Gallery Scripts
Slide Show Pro – This one doesn’t really count as a “script” but it’s lightweight and extremely customizable. You’ll need a good copy of Adobe Flash and the ability to follow basic instructions to set this script up, but once you learn to harness it’s power you can customize the gallery to do just about anything you want! In addition to photos, you can load HD streaming video and the player can be linked to “SlideShow Director” which allows non-technical users to manage their galleries through hosted or stand-alone control panels.