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Phoca Gallery is a Joomla! component. It is an image gallery with slideshow.

See demo with different features: (click on links on left side to see different features of Phoca Gallery)

Demo with tree and image module:

Demo with description and no popup:

Demo Phoca Gallery and Simple Caddy integration:

Demo Phoca Gallery and Joomla! 2.5 (1.6, 1.7):

Demo Phoca Gallery and YouTube Video (CSS3):

Demo Phoca Gallery and Joomla! 3:

Phoca Gallery 3.2.6 Requirements:
PHP - see Joomla! requirements
MySQL - see Joomla! requirements
Joomla! 1.6, 1.7, 2.5

Phoca Gallery 4 Requirements
PHP - see Joomla! requirements
MySQL - see Joomla! requirements
Joomla! 3.x

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Reviews: 4
I am using this extension since 2009 (if I remember right). You can customize it as much as you like. The developer is always up to date, and upgrades its component to be compatible with the newest Joomla version! Congrats!
Reviews: 5
Tons of options and easy to use.
Been using it for the past 4 years, no moving to j3.2 and all works just fine.

Don't forget to donate for the developers of such great and extensive component, people like Jan (who made phoca) are the reason we love joomla.

Thanks Jan
Reviews: 1
Love the extension as a component in Joomla 2.5, but have had nothing but problems trying to get it to install in 3.2......does not show up in Extension Manager to enable, control panel opens, but cannot get to images or anything else, just get sql error messages. Not sure if it is the gallery or joomla that is the problem, as have had other issues with 3.2, especially with the Hathor administrator template. Either way, I am looking for something else until Phoca gets something working well with 3.2
Owner's reply

Hi, please visit Phoca Forum: and try to make a topic to get your problem solved.

Phoca Gallery 4.0.4 was made directly for Joomla! 3.2 - for now I didn't get any information that something is not working there. After changing the multiple form fields, which was changed for Joomla! 3.2, I made version directly for Joomla! 3.2 and I got confirmation that the 4.0.4 is working without any problem on Joomla! 3.2. Tested by myself on 4 test servers (two on localhost, different platforms) and seems everything OK.

If you get SQL messages, this mostly means some problem while installing - e.g. some tables or columns missing in your database. Please enable debug mode, php error reporting ( or )and visit: and paste a question there with the sql query error (should be displayed in debug information while debug mode is enabled).

Unfortunately Phoca Gallery does not install itself, it is installed by Extension Manager, so if there are some problems, they need to be found there - mostly this can be some problem on the server (sometimes it is memory limit, sometimes other server limits)

But to get the information exactly, error and debug reporting should be checked. Or the errorLog on the server.


Reviews: 4
Guys! Many many many! thanks for your product! It's really what I want.

But I want to ask to add more transition effects to the next versions :)
Reviews: 1
When removing images from category - files dont deleted. its very good for situations when image was remooved by mistake. many useful modules. easy and multilang.
Reviews: 5
"Phoca Gallery" is a good extension. I used this photo album and it seems like a good extension. It has to improve documentaion. Thanks to developer.
Reviews: 4
When I need to use an image gallery my mind goes directly to Phoca Gallery. I can't remember a single time not being satisfied.
Reviews: 1
Very good extension, it's all there and easy to work.
Reviews: 2
Color me very happy to have this gallery as an option. I have found myself using it many times and it works great depending on your needs.
Reviews: 1
A fantastic extension with hundreds of features, all for free. The best thing I like from PhocaGallery is the huge number of extensions available, I have all what I need outthere out of the box. I highly recommend it.
Reviews: 1
I use this photo album for many years now, it's one of the best!
Reviews: 1
An extension very good, well done.
are years that I use and I've never had any problems.
I recommend it to everyone.
Reviews: 5
Excellent extension, very easy to use and all I need is there.
Thnak you very much for hard work.
Reviews: 3
This seems like a very good extension. However after a few weeks trying to use it I failed because the documentation is not clear enough for a person with my limited experience. Although I have created my own website and installed RSGallery2 on it. Because RSGallery2 has not been up graded to J3 I needed to replace it Maybe what is needed is a Phoca for Dummies. Certainly more complete documentation would help.
Owner's reply

Hi, not sure if you have read the Phoca Documentation here:

1) Most of users say, that it is great that such free extension has a lot of documentation, so it is very subjective to say, the documentation is not clear enough - of course documentation of Joomla! needs to be read too as it is fully Joomla! component. And of course, not everything can be added to documentation and sometimes it is not clear enough, e.g. if the feature should be documented in Phoca or in Joomla! And of course, the Phoca project is made by one human, so it is really hard sometimes to update the documentation. And more harder to update documentation for extension which is done for Joomla! which is not stable LTS yet (Phoca Gallery 4 and Joomla! 3 - first all the plugins and modules needs to be written and then the documentation can be updated.)

2) "person with limited experience" - the next thing what users appreciate, is, there are Jonathan's comments. Jonathan stared with Phoca Galley and he was very new to Phoca and Joomla! and after he understood it, he gave me the offer to make comments for novices - so Phoca Gallery documentation includes comments for novices made by Jonathan who knew the novice's problems as he was in fact novice while writing the comments - the documentation.

So I think, this can be called: "Phoca for Dummies" and if you will use Phoca Gallery again, will be great you can write comments too, so this will help other people. I will be glad to implement such comments into documentation. And if you write new parts of documentation, this will be great too. You will be welcome.

Anyway, always if you will have problems which you cannot find in documentation - then just ask in Phoca Forum - - I or Benno we are trying to answer all the questions in the forum.

And of course before reviewing any free extension, you should know the following:

Thank you for understanding.


Reviews: 19
While I have been a fan of other Phoca products, I'm afraid this isn't working for me.

Installation seemed to go fine, but I can't even set up a category. I found this error dating back years on their forum. No time to mess with it, moving on.
Owner's reply

Hi, Phoca Gallery works on hundreds of thousands of pages without any such problem, which means, this is not a system problem (this means it is not a basic problem in Phoca Gallery)

Regarding this problem - just see the Phoca Forum - - there are some solved similar issues. Mostly this was caused by javascript conflict in administration - without any dependency to Phoca Gallery. Javascript conflict just disabled normal function of Joomla! button behaviour (to check the form and save the category)

Anyway I am open to help everybody (I have answered over 40.000 posts in different Joomla! forums - include Phoca Forum) and I can take a look at the administration of user in case user gets some conflict there.

There are many ways how to solve any problem but the worst solution, is to not ask on forum or other contact form and directly write such review here?

Are you really sure, you wanted to use Phoca Gallery? In case you got problem, are you really sure you wanted to solve it? This review seems like you never wanted to solve the problem, in such case I don't understand this review? It is a fake review? Not. Do you want to solve the problem? If yes, just contact me, there are many ways ho to solve the problem. You can do it easily on Phoca Forum page ( )

Thank you for understanding.

Reviews: 3
Is exactely what one need, from simple to complex, and not the other way round !!!
Highly recommend !!!
Thanks for the good work !!!
Reviews: 2
I use that album for several years. Sometimes there is a problem with the installation (not create the tables in the database, then you need to change the prefix in the names of the tables on the joomla's table prefix, and import the sql file - everything is clearly written on the side
For me it is the best choice.
Reviews: 4
Phoca Gallery is an excellent component. I use it for several years now and I couldn't be more happier with it. I love it's plugin which makes it easy to input images in the articles - Phoca Gallery Button Plugin.

Component and it's plugins or modules are easy to install and configure. For component it took me few moments before I understood the configuration options, because it has so many options. However, once I figured it out, it was easy to work with the component.
Only thing I might suggest to developer would be, to make the Detail View Settings, Category View Settings, General Settings, Slideshow Settings,... spread in tabs, so there is less scrolling, but that is more personal preference than anything else.

Handling with images once they are uploaded via ftp, couldn't be more simple, same goes for setting titles. I like that it offers more layouts for detailed window - Slimbox, Highlisde Js, Shadowbox,... not only that, in general component offers so many features, also if you don't want to use them you can disable them. It offers more than I need, but if I ever change my mind I know I can use the rest later too.

The documentation is very detailed, it's easy to find support on forums too, and developer himself responds on support e-mails quickly too.

The whole package offers more than I need, I couldn't be happier with this component, it's modules and plugins. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to set up gallery on their Joomla website.
Reviews: 1
I have Used this Extion of Phocas for quite sometime, from 1.5 to currentlty Now Joomla 3.1 though i am waiting for a phocas image module for 3.0, the Gallery is the BEST... i have NEVER Found any better gallery extension that is Better. the Extensions are Just as good for Phocas Gallery. If You are seeking a NEW and Better PHOTO GALLERY, THIS IS IT... Thanks to the Developer. just 1 of the best extensions I LOVE
Reviews: 1
Best gallery out there.
it delivers everything that you even need(or don't).
i'v seen many extensions,but they were just pieces of what i need,but his one have all those pieces in one extension !
b4 it i used joomgallery and it was great,but it lacked one thing - youtube support.
so i migrated to phoca,that deliver same level of quality(with some differences ofc) but also give ability to have video gallery.

hope to see more features.
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