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

/As for your second question, can you please give more details on the matter?/

For absolute center positioning (width and height), which does not depend on the size of your browser window …. But it seems I found the CSS support..


FlashXML Support


Unfortunately automatic center repositioning is not implemented in our component.


Posted 9 years ago

1. How to make the open window to Lightbox++ for fit detection browser if monitor resolution low

like their solution for original LB v2.3a –

2. How to keer carusel SWF, always at the native center (W\H) so as not to depend on windows or monitor resolution (primary low e.g screen of netbooks)


FlashXML Support


Sorry, but Lightbox is not part of our products.

As for your second question, can you please give more details on the matter?


Posted 9 years ago

there are no way to set the joomla’s configuration of javascript for install lightbox?
because i have to view images in a full screnn modality, using image scroller fx ‘ link ?
Thanks for assistance

FlashXML Support


Sorry, this is not possible like we said. It is because of the conflicts between Joomla’s javascripts and Lightbox.


Posted 9 years ago

Hi, what i have to do for install lightbox on joomla?

FlashXML Support


Sorry, lightbox does not work in Joomla because of the conflicts between javascripts used by Joomla and lightbox.


Posted 9 years ago

I bought the 3D Carousel. I am currently able to open the lightbox without a problem. However, I realize that the “lightboxInfo” from the xmf file is not showing up when the lightbox opens. It appears to be overwritten by the “title” tag in the invisible links. Even when “title” is removed, the text just doesn’t appear.
And speaking of the invisible links, if we must provide the link (href”=”“) in these for it to work, does this mean the url in the xml is useless.
Any info will be much appreciated

FlashXML Support


The lightboxinfo attribute it’s not used by this product, but by other products that have Lightbox included like 3D Wall or Image Scroller. Also, if you’re using lightbox you can’t use the url attribute to go to another link.

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