Reliable gallery supporting user galleries on the frontend besides the standard features like watermarkes and subgalleries. It is accompanied by modules and plugins so it can be as lean as needed

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RSGallery2 is a component of the "early" days of joomla.
It launched in 2005 and reached its peak around 2008 when it was mentioned in several books

RSGallery2 4.1.0 for Joomla 3.x released

The RSGallery2 team is pleased to announce the release of RSGallery2 4.1.0 for Joomla 3.x.
Improved features
- New backend design
- Upload starts on one page like in joomla core


RSGallery2 is a full featured, easy to use, highly customisable, gallery component for Joomla!

  • Users can upload their images via frontend and backend, via single file upload, batch upload or ftp upload.
  • Galleries containing images can have as many (nested) subgalleries as you want. Galleries and images can be moved around easily.
  • Three graphics libraries, used to make display and thumbnail images, are supported: GD2, ImageMagick and Netpbm.
  • Images can have a watermark. Images can be regenerated after the settings for display image size and thumbnail image size are changed.
  • Detailed access rights management
  • User galleries on front end The site administrator can set permissions for usergroups to be allowed to upload images, create galleries, edit, delete, (un)publish both images and galleries, vote and comment on images, just like the permissions for Joomla core components are set. View access for galleries can be set by the site administrator just like view acces for Joomla Categories.
  • The look and feel can be customised by creating your own RSGallery2 templates. (deprecated)

RSGallery2 has been around since the Mambo days and was originally developed by Ronald Smit. Since then, RSGallery2 has evolved into what it is nowadays.


RSGallery2 has always been a free extension and will always be a free extension! We're all volunteers! So if you want to help out, you are most welcome!

Upgrade instructions

Create a full backup of your files and database, as always before making changes to your site.
Note: upgrade will automatically overwrite all RSGallery2 system files, but it will leave your images untouched. So if you made any changes to the templates that are shipped with RSGallery2 they will be overwritten! You either have to backup the template or redo any custom changes after upgrading. Also, the comments in the database will be converted from BBCode format to HTML format.

On Joomla 2.5
Go to the Backend > Extensions > Install/Uninstall > Browse… (find the downloaded file) > Click Upload File & Install

Instructions for new installation of RSGallery2

Create a full backup of your files and database, as always before making changes to your site.

On Joomla 2.5:
Backend > Extensions > Extension Manager > Browse... > Upload File & Install

Exiting Additions
* Modules
* Plugins

Great product and support

Posted on 01 November 2012

I have used this product for years and it has always worked well for me.

Yesterday was the first time I had to look fgor any support and the response was great.

My issue has been resolved in less than 24 hours.

Well done and many thanks.

Simply Great

Posted on 25 August 2012

Just one of the best components that I've ever used (and I've been using it for years). Entirely recommend it!

My choosen one!

Posted on 04 August 2012

Yes, tried other offerings, wasted time and effort, got lucky with this one. Have been waiting for the 3.2 version to go public to review it as I had issues with the 3.1 version. Shared issues with the development team--supportive beyond belief. New beta versions offered for testing, tested, shared other issues, tested newer versions until I was deliriously happy. Have had no issues since. This is a true open source project and open source at its best. Back-end customization options should be all most could want and more advanced users will find tweaking the code easy peasy should the whim arise. Try this one first.

This is THE Gallery

Posted on 07 June 2012

I was looking for a decent, easy-to-use and nice-looking gallery component, and it's been here all the time! I couldn't help falling in love in a very short time - and that has only kept growing.

A big plus is the ease of customizing the templates even more to fit my needs. With the help from exceptionally responsive support it's been a breeze to have my site exactly the look'n'feel I wanted.

Besides this is truly free with no strings attached - another great plus for a non-profit like myself.

So big thanks to the developer team, keep up the excellent work!

I wanted an elegant gallery for Joomla 2.5 that users could create, edit and delete categories and images in frontend and this ticked all the boxes. Permissions can be set so that only particular user groups can edit all images or so that users can only edit their own images. Clean, stylish gallery with slideshow. I tried numerous galleries and this one looked the best and is easy for frontend users.

It took me almost two hours to configure and read the documentation/search the forums to find out how to set the permissions. Now users can create, edit and delete their own categories and images, but they also have the option to see other users galleries inside "My galleries" tab along with the create, edit and delete buttons, even though they can't do anything to the other users galleries. I need something that won't allow them to see other users galleries inside "My galleries" tab. Having your gallery inside another user menu is ridiculous.

It was very tiring to make this work, and now I realize that what I did was a loop, that's why I gave it Very Poor rating. If it were easy to configure, and fully functional, I'd give Excellent rate and would also donate for the project, specially if it supported Community Builder.

I don't want to offend you, I just need you to pay attention at my issue and make this extension become what it means to be, an excellent extension.

Needs improvement

Posted on 28 March 2012

Great potential, ticks all the boxes apart from one KEY element:

All users have access to add and edit each others images & directories.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your time to create a review. You say "All users have access to add and edit each others images & directories.". For RSGallery2 3.x this depends on the permissions you give your users. You can indeed set it up so that each user can edit all images and galleries, but you can also set it up that only specific usergroups can edit all images and galleries or that users can edit only their own images and galleries. Permission to edit is implemented in the same way as in Joomla itself (compare it to Edit and Edit Own permissions for editing an article).

If you need help with this, please post on the forum found at! If you feel that you've set permissions correctly and that there is a bug, please report it on the forum with details, that way all users can benefit from feedback and bugs can be fixed.

wow, what can I say about this Component other than 1 million thank you's. I tried several before this and I wish I had tried yours first, it would of saved a lot of time. Wonderful Component. Works first time on install, no glitches, issues, nothing.

Nothing short of Perfection. Donation on route!

Great gallery!

Posted on 27 September 2011

This is a great gallery, I have nothing bad to say about it. It took 2 minutes to install and start working on it.. but about an hour to go thru the entire website, find it, downloading and another 45 mins to get the basic steps... the site is just too messy... not very user friendly.... anyways, take it as a constructive criticism please.

Excellent gallery, very sleak, fast, and very good support is available in forum!


Last updated:
Mar 06 2016
Date added:
Mar 05 2006
GPLv2 or later
Free download
Uses updater:
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