4 jQuery plugins for galleries and images

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jQuery is a fast and concise JavaScript Library that simplifies HTML document traversing, event handling, animating, and Ajax interactions for rapid web development. jQuery is designed to change the way that you write JavaScript.

Previous sentence is the official definition of jQuery by his creator.

Here are 4 plugins for galleries and images. Comment with your favorite plugin about this argument.


Pikachoose is a lightweight Jquery plugin that allows easy presentation of photos with options for slideshows, navigation buttons, and auto play. Pikachoose is designed to be easily installed, easy to setup, and well… all around easy. Creating an image gallery shouldn’t be a complex thing. I’ve created a new plugin that I’m packaging with PikaChoose called SliderJS.

Alot of people have been asking me for a carousel for PikaChoose, and SliderJS will fulfill your needs! Instructions are included in how to add SliderJS onto your slideshow, but its easy enough to figure out just by peeking at the source code in the included example free of charge!


Galleriffic was inspired by Mike Alsup’s Cycle plugin, but with performance in mind for delivering a high volume of photos. This is my first experiment with jQuery, so I would love feedback on how to improve this plugin. 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.

Infinite Carousel

Infinite Carousel is a scrolling carousel that works in the same way the carousel worked on the Apple Mac ads page. This tutorial will walk you through the fundamentals of the effect and how to recreate it.

Developer says:

As with any complicated effect, I always start by looking at the DOM in Firebug and interact with the effect, watching for what changes take effect in the DOM.

What I noticed was the (rendered) DOM structure for the list of images was different to the delivered DOM (i.e. the original markup sent). This means that there’s some significant initialisation code running. This isn’t unexpected for an Apple effect, but there were big clues in to how to create this effect in the difference.


Galleria is a javascript image gallery written in jQuery. It loads the images one by one from an unordered list and displays thumbnails when each image is loaded. It will create thumbnails for you if you choose so, scaled or unscaled, centered and cropped inside a fixed thumbnail box defined by CSS.

The core of Galleria lies in it’s smart preloading behaviour, snappiness and the fresh absence of obtrusive design elements. Use it as a foundation for your custom styled image gallery.

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