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

hello, i tried to use the lightbox with the dockmenu. this is what i did. i downloaded the lightbox++ and copied those files to where i had the ones for the dockmenu. Also i downloaded the file and copied them to the ones on my server. i replaced the index.html with index-with-lightbox-(test-on-http-server).html (i renamed it to be only index.html). I dont know what else to do. the lightbox is not working. could you take a look at my site please. look under Gallery->2010


FlashXML Support


You have to add the code from step 3 and 4B in the page where you have the dock menu.


Posted 9 years ago


Please I donĀ“t know what is file to be amended to view the photo in the lightbox popup window? I work joomla. I do not know if it is the root index.php or index.php of the template.

Best Regards


FlashXML Support


You have to add the code from step 2 into the index.php file of the template you’re using.


Posted 9 years ago

I must be doing something wrong. I have tried every way I can think of, but I cannot get the carousel to show in the header of my joomla site. I can make it work in sub pages on the site, but it simply not work on the home page. Is there a way to fully encapsulate (no outside references to xml files)? I can get fully encapsulated swf files to run there, so maybe that’s the answer.

FlashXML Support


Could you give me a link to your website?
I’ll check it out.


Posted 9 years ago

Finally did it :))))

Thank you very much for helping me out.

I added code from step 3 to main joomla template page and all starts to work superb.

Thanks again.

FlashXML Support


I’m glad it works.


Posted 9 years ago


again I started from begining and the same result.

On my test example is fresh and clean install of slider directly download from this site and works perfectly.

When that same example put on my site , still can get to see big image, lightbox don’t work… :(

FlashXML Support


You don’t have the code from step 3 in your main page.

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