Jan 102019
Plugin version: 2.2.0
Last updated: June 12, 2024 (21 hours ago)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 6.5.4
Downloaded: 0
Rating: 5 (out of 5)


Easy FancyBox is the most popular lighbox plugin for WordPress, active on over 200,000 WordPress installations. It adds a lightweight and flexible lightbox for viewing images and other media on your website.

After activation, links to images, galleries, and other media will be automatically opened in a new lightbox that floats over the web page.

– Automatic detection of images
– Automatic detection of galleries
– Customize options for Lightbox appearance, style, and behavior
– Opens all common image formats including webp and svg
– Opens WordPress core galleries (“Link to” must be set to “Media File”)
– Opens videos from Youtube, Vimeo, and Dailmotion
– Opens PDF files (embed with object tag, iframe, external Google Docs Viewer)
– Opens NextGEN galleries (instructions)
– Opens content from external web pages (instructions)
– Create easy modals and popup boxes (instructions)
– Open image maps (instructions)
– Open lightbox from WordPress menu items (instructions)
– Support for Jetpack Infinite Scroll
– Support for WordPress Multsite (see Installation instructions)

See FAQ’s for instructions to manage YouTube, Dailymotion and Vimeo movies (and similar services) and tips to make inline content display in a FancyBox overlay.

Get support on the Easy FancyBox web page or WordPress forum.


For advanced options and priority support, there is a pro lighbox plugin extension available. See Pro lightbox features below.

  • Priority support
  • Slideshow effect for galleries (autorotation)
  • Spotlight effect for the light box overlay
  • FacetWP, Gravity Forms and TablePress compatibility
  • More lightbox styling options: rounded corners, inline content background and text colors
  • More automatic popup options: triggered by URL hash, first link by media type, hide popup after first visit
  • Pass dedicated light box setting per media link via link class (see Metadata instructions)
  • More elastic (easing) popup effects on open and close
  • Show/hide image title on mouse hover
  • Fine-tune media link and gallery autodetection to match your theme source markup to allow galleries per post for example

For these additional features, you need to install the Pro lightbox plugin alongside the free lightbox plugin.

GDPR / EU Privacy

This plugin does not collect any data and does not set any browser cookies. However, the PRO version offers an option to disable the automatic popup after the first visit, which needs a browser cookie. This cookie stores the visitors first website visit timestamp and path on the client side. It is not shared nor is any data stored server side or elsewhere.


If you’re happy with this plugin as it is, please consider writing a quick rating or helping other users out on the support forum.

If you wish to help build this plugin, you’re very welcome to translate Easy FancyBox into your language or contribute bug reports, feature suggestions and/or code on Github.

Known conflicts & issues

See Easy FancyBox Troubleshooting.


What’s FancyBox?

Basically, it is a fancy way of presenting images, movies, portable documents and inline content on your website. For example, if you have scaled-down images in your posts which are linked to the original large version, instead of opening them on a blank page, FancyBox opens those in a smooth overlay. Visit FancyBox for more information and examples.

Which version of FancyBox does this plugin use?

This plugin uses an updated version of the original FancyBox 1.3.4, better adapted to the mobile era.

I installed the plugin. What now?

First, make sure that image thumbnails in your posts and pages are linked to their full size counterpart directly. Open any post with thumbnail images in it for editing and select the first thumbnail. Click the Edit Image button that appears and choose Link To: Media File. From now on, clicking that thumbnail should open the full size version in FancyBox.

The same thing goes for WordPress Galleries. Choose Link To: Media File when inserting a gallery tag.

Where is the settings page?

There is no new settings page but there are many options you can change. You will find a new FancyBox section on Settings > Media. To see the default, check out the example under Screenshots

Help! It does not work…

Please follow the trouble shooting steps to determine the cause. If that fails, ask for support on the Easy FancyBox WordPress forum or go to the development site

I have another question…

See the advanced Easy FancyBox FAQ’s.


  1. <p>Example image with <strong>Overlay</strong> caption. This is the default way Easy FancyBox displays images. Other options are <strong>Inside</strong> and the old <strong>Outside</strong>.</p>

    Example image with Overlay caption. This is the default way Easy FancyBox displays images. Other options are Inside and the old Outside.

  2. <p>Example of a YouTube movie in overlay.</p>

    Example of a YouTube movie in overlay.

Other notes:

Latest Change log entry:

  • Added: Pro landing page for re-launch of Pro
  • Added: Optoin to disable core lightbox
  • Updated: Refined styling / JS for options screen
  • Updated: Default video width and height values
  • Fixed: JS console error on admin dashboard
  • Fixed: Lightbox buttons not working on mobile


gallery, image, lightbox, modal, photo

+ Jason's Comments

Looking for a simple easy to use lightbox plugin? The lightbox scripts (functionality) tend to be integrated into many plugins and themes these days. The stand alone plugins come and go. This plugin does the job out of the box but you can customize.