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16 Free JavaScript Solutions for Displaying Your Images

If you’re looking for a way to display your images on a website but don’t have the time to create a custom solution, there’s plenty of free and easy-to-use scripts available at your disposal. Here, I’ve compiled 16 free image galleries and slideshows for you to take a look at. Though the effects are smooth and their features are robust, none of them use Flash, only JavaScript, and they require very little coding on your part.

1. JonDesign’s SmoothGallery 2.0

SmoothGallery 2.0 is a nifty slideshow gallery that transitions between images very… smoothly. The author tested SmoothGallery 2.0 in Firefox, Opera, IE 6 and 7, and Safari.

It requires the mootools JavaScript framework. SmoothGallery 2.0: Improved Mootools Mojo for Images SmoothGallery demo

2. (E)2 Photo Gallery

(E)2 Photo Gallery is an open source photo gallery. The current version is still in beta but I’ve tested it to work with Firefox 2, IE 7, and Safari 3. What’s cool about (E)2 Photo Gallery is that the user can change the “skin” of the gallery. It uses the mootools framework and PHP for the photo uploader and image auto-detection features. (E)2 Photo Gallery (E)2 Photo Gallery demo

3. jQuery Gallery

jQuery Gallery is a plugin for the jQuery JavaScript library. It uses the Reflection.js script to add a reflection effect dynamically to your images. Jquery Gallery version 1.0

4. MooPix

MooPix utilizes the Flickr API to dynamically populate your image gallery with pictures from a Flickr account without the need to use server-side scripting. moopix

5. Highslide JS

Highslide JS is an open source script that uses modal windows instead of pop-up windows to open larger versions of the thumbnail images. It’s free for non-commercial uses. Highslide JS Highslide JS demo

6. Flickrshow

Flickrshow is another slideshow that allows you to access photosets, groups, and tags from Flickr. The current version has an improved caching feature which helps make the transition between images quicker and more fluid. Flickrshow

7. Galleria

Galleria is an image gallery that uses the jQuery library. It’s distributed under the GLP 3.0 License which permits you to modify and re-package the script (granted that you abide by the terms and conditions of the license). galleria Galleria demo 1 – Galleria demo 2

8. LightWindow v2.0

LightWindow 2.0 is an excellent choice for mixed media galleries because it also supports other file types such as Flash movies and video files. LightWindow v2.0 LightWindow v2.0 demos

9. easyALBUM

easyALBUM prides itself for being an image gallery that uses “super clean markup”. It works well with CSS disabled and is compliant with current XHTML web-standards. It also allows the user to navigate through the gallery using keyboard shortcuts. easyALBUM

10. slideViewer

slideViewer is a plugin for jQuery and uses ordered lists for mark-up which is good for accessibility and with JavaScript turned off. slideviewer

11. Image Transition Manager

Image Transition Manager provides you 8 transition effects. It was tested by the developer in Firefox 2, Opera, and IE 6 and 7. As an additional measure, I tried it in Safari 3 (and it works). It was developed using the effects library, which in turn requires the Prototype JS framework. Image Transition Manager: image transitions with scriptaculous Image Transition Manager demo

12. ThickBox

ThickBox is a script built on top of jQuery. It’s designed to display images as well as other types of document objects. It has the capability of loading content via Ajax requests.

ThickBox 3.1

13. ProtoFlow

ProtoFlow mimics the cover flow effect that you would find in iTunes, the iPhone, and other Apple products. In addition to the ProtoFlow JS and CSS file, it also uses three additional external JavaScript files – Prototype and and Reflection.js – so make sure you’re willing to pay the price in page weight, additional HTTP requests, and potential decrease in page load times due to the above reasons. protoflow ProtoFlow demo

14. Slideshow: A Javascript class for Mootools

Slideshow gives you tons of options and effects for your slideshow gallery. There’s a pan/zoom feature that makes for a very impressive transition between images, all entirely done using JavaScript. It doesn’t come pretty “out of the box”, but with some simple CSS magic, it can looks awesome!

Slideshow: A Javascript class for Mootools

15. Javascript Image Gallery Using Mootools

This is a very simple image gallery, great for when you need something up right now. It doesn’t require you to know very much JavaScript to get it to work. Image Gallery Using Mootools

16. minishowcase

minishowcase gives you the ability to set the language used in your galleries, and it can be configured to detect the user’s language preferences. This image gallery uses PHP for the language selection and automatic thumbnail generation. minishowcase minishowcase demo If you liked this article, you might also like “10 JavaScript Effects to Boost Your Website’s Fanciness Factor” and “40 Excellent Resources for JavaScript Coders“.

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