jQuery.popeye is an advanced image gallery script built on the JavaScript library jQuery. Use it to save space when displaying a collection of images and offer your users a nice and elegant way to show a big version of your images without leaving the page flow.

Though the script is quick and easy to setup, it offers great flexibility in both behaviour and styling.

It was designed as an alternative to the often-seen JavaScript image lightbox (see Lightbox 2, Fancybox or Colorbox, just to name a few). What they all have in common: they employ a modal window to display the large images, thus disrupting the workflow of the user interacting with a webpage.

jQuery.popeye takes a different approach: not only allows it for browsing all thumbnails as well as the large images in a single image space, it also repects the page flow and stays anchored and rooted in the webpage at all times, thus giving a less disruptive user experience than modal windows.

Demonstration & Documentation

See it in action on the demo page and read the documentation. There's also a great Wordpress plugin for jQuery.popeye!


  1. v2.1 2011/09/06

    • NEW Autoplay / Slideshow
    • FIXED preloadNeighbour Bug
    • CHANGED Click on image to expand / contract
  2. v2.0.4 2010/06/14

    • FIXED Bug in IE7 preventing local images from loading
  3. v2.0.3 2010/05/11

    • FIXED minor noConflict bug
  4. v2.0.2 2010/05/02

    • FIXED IE7 z-index error when closing popeye box, part 2
  5. v2.0.1 2010/04/27

    • FIXED IE7 z-index error when closing popeye box
  6. v2.0 2010/04/13

    • CHANGED customizable HTML structure
    • NEW caption can contain HTML
    • NEW better prevention of content flicker (when embeded in HTML head)
    • NEW options navigation, zindex.
    • REMOVED options jsclass, nojsclass, eclass, lclass, dlclass, drclass, countpos, nlabel, plabel, oflabel, blabel, clabel.
    • FIXED popeye box doesn't get displaced on browser resize
    • FIXED a ton of browser bugs
  7. v1.0 2009/03/30

    • NEW navigation in enlarged image mode
    • NEW options navigation, zindex.
    • FIXED browser bugs
  8. v0.2.1 2008/11/08

    • FIXED some bugs
  9. v0.2 2008/11/04

    • NEW first release


jquery.popeye is released under the terms of the GPL 2.0. You can use it free of charge, change it or build upon it however you like.