How to use Lightbox with a flash component

Follow these steps to add Lightbox (possibility to pop-up only images) functionality to Flash files:


Step 1. First, download Lightbox++

Step 2. Copy the css, images and js folders from the archive in the same folder with your HTML file on your web server. This HTML file should embed the SWF file to which you want to add the Lightbox to.

If your site is running on Wordpress or Joomla, you will need to copy these folders in a new folder, let's call it lightbox, in the root of your Joomla/Wordpress site.


Step 3. Edit the HTML file and add these lines in the <head> section:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="css/lightbox.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />
<script src="js/prototype.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="js/scriptaculous.js?load=effects" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="js/lightbox++.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Make sure you use the correct path for the above files.

For Joomla or Wordpress sites, you need to update the code, to make it point to the root lightbox folder, where you copied the Lightbox folders in step 2:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="lightbox/css/lightbox.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />
<script src="lightbox/js/prototype.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="lightbox/js/scriptaculous.js?load=effects" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="lightbox/js/lightbox++.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

If your site is running on Joomla, you will need to add the code right before the </head> tag of the index.php file located in your active template's folder (e.g. templates/rhuk_milkyway/index.php)

If your site is running on Wordpress you need to add the code in the <head> section of the header.php file located in your active theme's folder (e.g. wp-content/themes/twentyten/header.php)


Step 4 (option A). If you want to have a Lightbox Image Set (with Next and Previous buttons), right after the lines from Step 3 add these lines, otherwise go to Step 4 (option B)

<script type="text/javascript">
function GroupDelegate(id) {
 var objLink = document.getElementById(id);


In the body of your HTML file you’ll have to add invisible links to the images which will be displayed in the Lightbox, like this:

<a id="img1" title="First image" rel="lightbox[img]" href="images/01.jpg"></a>
<a id="img2" title="Second image" rel="lightbox[img]" href="images/02.jpg"></a>


Step 4 (option B). If you intend to have a single image display in Lightbox (as opposed to option A with Image set) you simply have to add these lines into the <head> section of the HTML file:

<script type="text/javascript">
function LightboxDelegate(url,caption) {
 var objLink = document.createElement('a');


Step 5 (option A). If you’re using SWFObject to embed the SWF, make sure you’re having these two params (in addition to maybe other params):

params.wmode = "transparent";
params.allowscriptaccess = "samedomain";


Step 5 (option B). If you’re using <object> </object> tags to embed the SWF file, add these lines:

<param name="allowscriptaccess" value="samedomain">  
<param name="wmode" value="transparent">

And in the embed tag you must insert the attribute:



Step 6. If the links to go to when clicking an image are specified through the XML file, the url attribute, or in some cases the link attribute, must be set like this:
1. For Step 4 (option A):


2. For Step 4 (option B):

url="javascript:LightboxDelegate('images/01.jpg','First Image')"

Also, you’ll have to change the target attribute to _self like this:



Note that the Lightbox will not work if tested locally. You’ll have to test it on a HTTP server.


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Posted 9 years ago

Thank you so very much for this. I only have one problem, and I was hoping you could help me.

The close button doesn’t seem to work. How can I solve that issue?

(it’s under Press, and warning there is background music)

FlashXML Support


I checked your website and the close button is visible, it works ok.


Posted 9 years ago

this is the site it doesn’t work on.
thanks in advance!

FlashXML Support


I see that you are trying to add Lightbox to ImageScroller on your site. To add Lightbox just follow step 3 on the FAQ page. Just be careful that the three codes, the ones in bold, have their correct filepaths,because on your site, the page couldn’t find the .JS files:

<link rel=“stylesheet” href=“css/lightbox.css” type=“text/css” media=“screen” />
<script src= “js/prototype.js” type=“text/javascript”></script>
<script src= “js/scriptaculous.js?load=effects” type=“text/javascript”></script>
<script src= “js/lightbox++.js” type=“text/javascript”></script>


Posted 9 years ago

hi, im doing a website for a friend of mine and so ive been messing around with the personal license version of the image scroller before i buy the commercial one (just so i can see if i can work out all the kinks before i invest more into it!)

i did everything required to install the component and the lightbox. however when I uploaded it onto his website, the lightbox does not work. I subsequently uploaded it onto another test website and it worked.

both websites are on fasthosts, so i wondering if it was something to do with the types of hosting or something like that? even made sure that the files were exactly the same in both locations, yet one of them works and the other doesnt!

please help!

FlashXML Support


Send us the link to the website where the Lightbox doesn’t work.


Posted 9 years ago

How to set link in title caption?


FlashXML Support


Edit images.xml follow the example below.
<photo image=“images/03.jpg” url=“” target=”_blank” lightboxinfo = “Description for first image 3”>
<![CDATA[<tooltip>For FREE</tooltip>
<description>Optional description text for image 3<br> This is a <a href=“”>demo link</a></description>]]>


Posted 9 years ago

I’m having a problem loading the images in IE 8.

But in Firefox the images are loaded ok no problem.

How can I solve this?

FlashXML Support


Please provide a link to your website so we can take a look.

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