25 Most Downloaded Free WordPress Image Gallery Plugins

Photo Gallery, picture gallery, or slideshow are the best way to showcase your images/photos to your readers. There are a lot of different methods to create them, and the alternative you’re most likely to be using Flash or JavaScript.
With flash you can create very nice and impressive animations, however the downside is that Flash isn’t really Search Engine Friendly. And the javaScript enables us to create a great deal of nice effects which are Search Engine Friendly and only need the javascript to be enabled in your browser (which most browsers have by default).

Below is the most downloaded image gallery plugins that we have choosen directly from the wordpress plugin directory. To make it even easier for you to choose, I also added live demo link under every image plugin! All of the resources in this post are categorized and hopefully you will find a number of new plugin that will be practical for your own work.

But before you got ahead here are our other WordPress Image Gallery and Slideshow related posts:

Premium Plugin

TN3 Gallery – jQuery Image Gallery

jquery slideshow
JQuery slideshow plugin, TN3 Gallery is a full fledged HTML based customizable image gallery with slideshow, transitions and multiple album options. Compatible with all modern desktop and mobile browsers. Powered by jQuery.
- Multiple transitions/effects
- Slideshow options
- CSS Skinning
- Full-screen option

Take a Tour Download

Using Lightbox, Thickbox, and Fancybox Effect

NextGEN Gallery

Demo | Download (Version 1.5.5 | Updated 2010-6-14 | Downloads 2,007,702)
NextGEN Gallery is a full integrated Image Gallery plugin for WordPress with a Flash slideshow option.

Lightbox 2

Demo | Download (Version 2.9.2 | Updated 2010-2-10 | Downloads 385,160)
Used to overlay images on the current page. Lightbox JS v2.2 by Lokesh Dhakar. Now with better regular expressions, courtesy of Michael Tyson!

Shadowbox JS

Demo | Download (Version | Updated 2010-4-6 | Downloads 175,656)
Shadowbox is an online media vieiwing application similar to Lightbox and Thickbox but with more functionality. Supports all types of media.

Lightbox Plus

Demo | Download (Version 2.0.5 | Updated 2010-7-2 | Downloads 112,323)
Lightbox Plus permits users to view larger versions of images, simple slide shows, videos and content all in an overlay.

Lightbox Gallery

Demo | Download (Version 0.6.2 | Updated 2009-12-20 | Downloads 87,964)
This plugin changes the view of galleries to the lightbox.

jQuery Lightbox

Demo | Download (Version 0.10 | Updated 2010-6-29 | Downloads 69,992)
Used to overlay images on the current page.

Shutter Reloaded

Demo | Download (Version 2.4.1 | Updated 2009-12-17 | Downloads 64,557)
Darkens the current page and displays an image (like Lightbox, Thickbox, etc.), but is a lot smaller (10KB) and faster.

FancyBox for WordPress

Demo | Download (Version 2.7.2 | Updated 2009-12-20 | Downloads 58,120)
Seamlessly integrates FancyBox into your blog: Upload, activate, and you’re done. No further configuration needed.

Lightview Plus

Demo | Download (Version 2.5 | Updated 2010-5-13 | Downloads 54,341)
Seamless integration of Lightview (similar to Lightbox, Thickbox, Floatbox, Thickbox, Fancybox) to create a nice overlay to display images and videos.

Using Flip Effect

Page Flip Image Gallery

Demo | Download (Version | Updated 2010-6-25 | Downloads 469,854)
FlippingBook WordPress Gallery plugin helps you to create Image Gallery with Page Flip effects on your blog.

Simple Image Gallery

Post videos and photo galleries

Demo | Download (Version 1.67 | Updated 2010-6-30 | Downloads 341,511)
Post your videos and photo galleries/flash slideshows easily and in seconds.

Yet Another Photoblog

Demo | Download (Version 1.9.24 | Updated 2009-12-27 | Downloads 109,879)
Convert your WordPress Blog into a full featured photoblog in virtually no time.


Demo | Download (Version 1.5.4 | Updated 2010-1-9 | Downloads 91,836)
Add SimpleViewer Flash image galleries to your posts and pages. Easy to use and several options to make it fit your needs.

WP Photo Album

Demo | Download (Version 1.5.1 | Updated 2008-9-25 | Downloads 54,185)
This plugin is designed to easily manage and display your photo albums within your WordPress site.

Lazyest Gallery

Demo | Download (Version 0.16.3 | Updated 2010-6-21 | Downloads 54,160)
Lazyest Gallery is an integrated image gallery with automatic thumb and slide creation, comments on images, and a slide show.

Flickr Gallery


Demo | Download (Version 5.1 | Updated 2009-4-29 | Downloads 184,471)
Allows you to integrate Flickr photos into your site. It supports user, set, favorite, group and community photostreams.

Flickr Photo Album

Demo | Download (Version 1.1 | Updated 2008-10-6 | Downloads 99,638)
This Flickr plugin for WordPress will allow you to pull in your Flickr photosets and display them as albums on your WordPress site.

Flickr Gallery

Release Page | Download (Version 1.4.0 | Updated 2010-7-4 | Downloads 62,143)
Quickly and easily add Flickr galleries, photos, and even custom search results into your WordPress pages and posts.

WordPress Flickr Manager

Demo | Download (Version 2.3 | Updated 2009-2-15 | Downloads 58,330)
Handles uploading, modifying images on Flickr, and insertion into posts.

Image Tools


Demo | Download (Version 1.3.7 | Updated 2010-2-8 | Downloads 99,029)
Scissors enhances WordPress’ handling of images by introducing cropping, resizing, rotating, and watermarking functionality.
For WordPress 2.9 – 3.0 please download here : http://dev.huiz.net/2010/01/03/wordpress-plugin-scissors-for-v2-9/

Using Flash

GRAND Flash Album Gallery

Demo | Download (Version 0.49 | Updated 2010-6-28 | Downloads 85,050)
GRAND Flash Album Gallery is a full integrated (flash skin based, slideshow) Image Gallery plugin with a powerfull admin back end.


Demo | Download (Version 1.3 | Updated 2009-2-1 | Downloads 79,004)
The famous Adobe Flash Plugins from Airtight Interactive for NextGEN Gallery.
Other Demo :


Featured Content Gallery

Demo | Download (Version 3.2.0 | Updated 2009-3-9 | Downloads 212,344)
Used to create a customizable rotating image gallery anywhere within your WordPress site.

WP PicLens

Demo | Download (Version 1.0.5 | Updated 2008-1-29 | Downloads 72,379)
Creates an immersive, full-screen slideshow presentation of photos and images in your blog.

Dynamic Content Gallery

Demo | Download (Version 3.2.3 | Updated 2010-4-11 | Downloads 54,089)
Creates a dynamic gallery of images for latest or featured content selected from one category, a mix of categories, or pages.


I hope you all love this collection :)

If you have any sugestion or any thinks else, please feel free to say it!

67 Comments to “25 Most Downloaded Free WordPress Image Gallery Plugins”

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  1. ghayoor abbas says:

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  2. wmme says:

    Hello, I am seeking a gallery of graphics which are also for download. So, I want a vector image gallery to download, anyone knows such a plugin? ” <a href=”http://vektor.lcdwand.de” target=”_blank”>vektor</a> Thank you.

  3. Susan Doyle says:

    Great collection… I’m a blogger too and I’d like to share this one i’m using lately http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/iframe-embed-for-momentme/… great for embedding photo galleries…

  4. Jackie K. says:

    maxgalleria finally has a free version of their gallery, with a nextgen importer, for anyone who has been getting broken galleries , responsive and super easy to use http://wordpress.org/plugins/maxgalleria-lite/

  5. Ngimo says:

    Love the post, Thanks for sharing.

  6. Madiha says:

    Thanks for sharing keep it up :)

  7. Dave H says:

    I’m looking for a wordpress gallery plugin that offers a link with each image for the user to download the full image. Any ideas anyone?


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