Photo Gallery, Content Photo Gallery, Photos & Images, Galleries

Simple Image Gallery (by JoomlaWorks) is truly the simplest and most effective way to add image galleries into your Joomla content and a classic must-have extension for any Joomla based website.

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Adding image galleries inside your Joomla articles, K2 items, Virtuemart/HikaShop products or any other component that supports "content" plugins is dead-simple. The plugin can turn any folder of images located inside your Joomla website into a grid-style image gallery with lightbox/modal previews. And all that using a simple plugin tag like {gallery}myphotos{/gallery} or {gallery}some/folder/myphotos{/gallery}.

So for example, if we have a folder of images called "mytriptoParis" and located in images/mytriptoParis, then we can create our gallery by simply entering the tag {gallery}mytripto_Paris{/gallery} into some Joomla article.

The galleries created are presented in a grid of thumbnails. When your site visitors click on a thumbnail, they see the original (source) image in a lightbox/modal popup. The thumbnails are generated and cached using PHP for better results.

The plugin is ideal for any type of website: from personal ones (where you'd post a photo gallery from your last summer vacation), to e-shops (for product presentation) to large news portals. With Simple Image Gallery, you can have as many galleries as you want inside your content.


So let's briefly see what are the main advantages of using Simple Image Gallery:
- You don't need to have an additional gallery component to display a few images and thus you don't need to tell your visitors "to see photos of XYZ click here".
- You can place one or more image galleries anywhere within your content giving you total layout freedom.
- The gallery layout is fluid by default which means it'll fit both responsive and adaptive website layouts.
- You can set a "root folder" in the plugin's parameters if you have all your gallery folders under a single long path in your Joomla site (e.g. images/content/galleries). This way you won't have to type the full path to each gallery folder inside the {gallery}...{/gallery} plugin tags but just the gallery folder name. The default "root folder" in the plugin's parameters is "images" because that's the default folder for uploading media files in Joomla as well.
- You can use MVC overrides to change how the thumbnail grid looks in your site. Simply copy the folder /plugin/jwsig/tmpl/Classic into /templates/YOURTEMPLATE/html/jwsig/ so that you can access its files in /templates/YOURTEMPLATE/html/jw_sig/Classic/. You can then modify both the HTML and CSS code included there to match your template's design and colors.
- Uses the core Joomla updater.
- Uses Fancybox 3 for the lightbox/modal previews.
- Allows printing the image gallery grid (as of v3.6.0) when using the print preview feature available in most Joomla components (including the default article system and K2).


Simple Image Gallery is PHP5 and PHP7 compatible (as of v3.5.0) and fully compatible with Joomla versions 1.5 to 3.x.

Joomla 1.5 must have the "Mootools Upgrade" system plugin enabled to avoid JavaScript conflicts between Mootools and newer jQuery releases used by the plugin.

Simple Image Gallery is a Joomla plugin developed by JoomlaWorks, released under the GNU General Public License.


You can see a demo of the plugin here:


Visit the Simple Image Gallery product page at:

If you want to contribute to the plugin or report any bugs/issues on GitHub, have a look here:

{functionality}Very good. Needs some improvement, but I don't really mind as it is.{/functionality}\n{ease_of_use}Easypeasy. Would be easier with article editor btn but, ok, it works. Put yr files into stories folder & insert a small snippet into article{/ease_of_use}\n{support}didnt need any.{/support}\n{documentation}Very good. Need improvement for localization though.{/documentation}\n

I used this to: Several simple websites that need a basic gallery.

Best Component

Posted on 22 February 2016

{functionality}Very good{/functionality}\n{ease_of_use}Easy to use{/ease_of_use}\n{support}Not needed{/support}\n{documentation}Perfect{/documentation}\n

I used this to: Image gallery

{functionality}Very easy setup and great features!{/functionality}\n{ease_of_use}The easier component on the market to setup your beautiful Joomla picture gallery.{/ease_of_use}\n{support}The support is Amazing, I had a Javascript conflict in the backend and the Developer went straight to fix it via FTP{/support}\n{documentation}{/documentation}\n

{functionality}This extension is great but I did have a problem centering the gallery (found a solution in the forum) and the thumbnails don't resize.

{/functionality}\n{ease_of_use}It is fairly easy to use but I have been working with Joomla extensions for a while now. Won't be completely straight-forward to beginners{/ease_of_use}\n{support}Support takes around 72 hours I believe but it's free, so I can't really fault it.{/support}\n{documentation}Documentation is pretty helpful but would have appreciated more examples.{/documentation}\n

I used this to: Websites I develop but I will be looking at other popular galleries (to find a better fit for my needs) because the thumbnail images aren't responsive when viewed from devices with small screens (where the thumbnail image exceeds the browser's width).

Simple and effective

Posted on 03 December 2015

{functionality}Simple for admins, but our users who post articles get confused having to upload images first, and then having to remember the path name.{/functionality}\n{ease_of_use}Dead easy{/ease_of_use}\n{support}Not tried, but have dealt with JW before so expect it to be good{/support}\n{documentation}Not needed. {/documentation}\n

I used this to: Publishing small galleries in articles on an industry association website

bug whit joomla 3.4.5

Posted on 26 November 2015

{functionality}Dont work whit joomla 3.4.5 or 3.4.4{/functionality}\n{ease_of_use}really easy{/ease_of_use}\n{support}{/support}\n{documentation}{/documentation}\n


It's great

Posted on 10 November 2015

{functionality}Worked well. The only issue I had was getting the gallery to center.{/functionality}\n{ease_of_use}Hard to be any easier. Used a few different types of these gallery plugins and they're all simple.{/ease_of_use}\n{support}FANTASTIC! Yes, sorry I'm yelling. This is a free extension, but the support was still better than some I've paid for. Had a centering issue{/support}\n{documentation}Not needed.{/documentation}\n

I used this to: Form-room galleries on a school website.

Muy bien

Posted on 04 June 2015

{functionality}Fácil de configurar{/functionality}\n{ease_of_use}Simple y rápido{/ease_of_use}\n{support}Ok{/support}\n{documentation}Bien{/documentation}\n

I used this to: Galería de imágenes para un blog.

{functionality}could not tried it! buggy ass hell. When i uninstalled it, my website became BLANK. When i installed it again, then it worked! v{/functionality}\n{ease_of_use}did not work. Disappointed {/ease_of_use}\n{support}no use of it, destroyed my website{/support}\n{documentation}no documentation on errors when uninstalling{/documentation}\n

I used this to: gallery, could not try
Owner's reply: If you *uninstalled* the plugin and your site went blank, then *installed* the plugin and your site went operational again (as you say) then this means the plugin actually had nothing to do with your site. The problem is obviously something else on your site.

Just perfect

Posted on 23 March 2015

{functionality}Perfect{/functionality}\n{ease_of_use}Too easy...{/ease_of_use}\n{support}{/support}\n{documentation}{/documentation}\n

I used this to: 2 sites working both on module html and article... just perfect.
Owner's reply: Awesome :)
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Simple Image Gallery

Last updated:
Jan 29 2018
Date added:
Dec 05 2006
GPLv2 or later
Free download

Uses Joomla! Update System


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