A jQuery plugin for rendering rich, fast-performing photo galleries

Galleriffic is a jQuery plugin that provides a rich, post-back free experience optimized to handle high volumes of photos while conserving bandwidth. I am not so great at spelling, and it was much later that I realized that the more appropriate spellings would be Gallerific or Gallerrific, but is too late now for a name change, so Galleriffic remains.




  1. Download the latest version of Galleriffic below and jQuery 1.3.2 or later (use other versions of jQuery at your own risk)
  2. Setup the script references in the header:
    	<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery-1.3.2.js"></script>
    	<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery.galleriffic.js"></script>
    	<!-- Optionally include jquery.history.js for history support -->
    	<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery.history.js"></script>
    	<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery.opacityrollover.js"></script>
  3. Add container elements to your page. All container elements are optional, so you may choose to not include an area (such as the loading or caption container elements). Here is an example of all the elements needed for a full-featured setup:
    <div id="controls"></div>
    <div id="loading"></div>
    <div id="slideshow"></div>
    <div id="caption"></div>
    <div id="thumbs">
    	... graceful degrading list of thumbnails (specific format specified below) ...
  4. Within the thumbnails container element, build your graceful degrading unordered list of thumbnails linking to the image slides as such:
    <div id="thumbs">
    	<ul class="thumbs noscript">
    			<a class="thumb" name="optionalCustomIdentifier" href="path/to/slide" title="your image title">
    				<img src="path/to/thumbnail" alt="your image title again for graceful degradation" />
    			<div class="caption">
    				(Any html can go here)
    		... (repeat for every image in the gallery)
    It is important to specify the 'thumb' class for the link that should serve as the thumbnail and the 'caption' class for the element that should serve as the caption. When an image is selected for display in the slideshow, any elements with the 'caption' class will be rendered within the specified caption container element above.
  5. Initialize the gallery by calling the galleriffic initialization function on the thumbnails container, passing in optional settings. The following example shows the default options:
    jQuery(document).ready(function($) {
    	var gallery = $('#thumbs').galleriffic({
    		delay:                     3000, // in milliseconds
    		numThumbs:                 20, // The number of thumbnails to show page
    		preloadAhead:              40, // Set to -1 to preload all images
    		enableTopPager:            false,
    		enableBottomPager:         true,
    		maxPagesToShow:            7,  // The maximum number of pages to display in either the top or bottom pager
    		imageContainerSel:         '', // The CSS selector for the element within which the main slideshow image should be rendered
    		controlsContainerSel:      '', // The CSS selector for the element within which the slideshow controls should be rendered
    		captionContainerSel:       '', // The CSS selector for the element within which the captions should be rendered
    		loadingContainerSel:       '', // The CSS selector for the element within which should be shown when an image is loading
    		renderSSControls:          true, // Specifies whether the slideshow's Play and Pause links should be rendered
    		renderNavControls:         true, // Specifies whether the slideshow's Next and Previous links should be rendered
    		playLinkText:              'Play',
    		pauseLinkText:             'Pause',
    		prevLinkText:              'Previous',
    		nextLinkText:              'Next',
    		nextPageLinkText:          'Next &rsaquo;',
    		prevPageLinkText:          '&lsaquo; Prev',
    		enableHistory:             false, // Specifies whether the url's hash and the browser's history cache should update when the current slideshow image changes
    		enableKeyboardNavigation:  true, // Specifies whether keyboard navigation is enabled
    		autoStart:                 false, // Specifies whether the slideshow should be playing or paused when the page first loads
    		syncTransitions:           false, // Specifies whether the out and in transitions occur simultaneously or distinctly
    		defaultTransitionDuration: 1000, // If using the default transitions, specifies the duration of the transitions
    		onSlideChange:             undefined, // accepts a delegate like such: function(prevIndex, nextIndex) { ... }
    		onTransitionOut:           undefined, // accepts a delegate like such: function(slide, caption, isSync, callback) { ... }
    		onTransitionIn:            undefined, // accepts a delegate like such: function(slide, caption, isSync) { ... }
    		onPageTransitionOut:       undefined, // accepts a delegate like such: function(callback) { ... }
    		onPageTransitionIn:        undefined, // accepts a delegate like such: function() { ... }
    		onImageAdded:              undefined, // accepts a delegate like such: function(imageData, $li) { ... }
    		onImageRemoved:            undefined  // accepts a delegate like such: function(imageData, $li) { ... }


Will Galleriffic generate the slide and thumbnail images automatically?

I have been asked a lot if Galleriffic automatically generates the thumbnails and slides. Galleriffic by itself does not do any image processiong or generation; however, there is a great tool that does: jAlbum. I have created a jAlbum skin that I use myself for creating my personal galleries. After installing jAlbum and the Galleriffic jAlbum skin, simply choose your source image directory and an output directory, click "Make Album", and wallah, you now have a complete html gallery with 3 different size versions of each image.

How can I change the number of thumbnail columns?

With the stylesheet used in these examples, each thumbnail is floated left, and thus as many thumbnails that will fit in the width of the column will be displayed. If you want fewer or more columns, make the width of the navigation panel smaller or larger. In all but the last example, I am setting the width using javascript with the following lines in the html page:

	$('div.navigation').css({'width' : '300px', 'float' : 'left'});
	$('div.content').css('display', 'block');


Download latest (release 2.0):


I put together a jAlbum skin to make building static albums a breeze. Check it out here.

Source Code

The SVN repo is located at Google Code


For general feedback, please leave a comment here.

If you feel you have encountered a legitimate issue or have a valuable enhancement request, you are welcome to add it to the issues list which I am working off of for future releases.

I'd also like to keep a list of sites making use of Galleriffic, so if this is you, please email me (trent [at] your Web site's URL and indicate whether or not I may list it publicly.


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