MetaSlider Lightbox


For use with the popular WordPress plugin MetaSlider allowing slides to be opened in a lightbox, using one of the following supported lightbox plugins:

We also support the following WordPress plugins, although they haven’t had recent updates:

If you would like to use a lightbox plugin that isn’t supported you can add support by hookng into the metaslider_lightbox_supported_plugins filter. If you need assistance, please open an issue.


  • Toggle the lightbox in the advanced settings panel



and one of the following lightbox plugins:

If you would like to use a lightbox plugin, you can filter the supported plugin list with the necessary attributes. For example, using Responsive Lightbox Lite

add_filter('metaslider_lightbox_supported_plugins', 'supported_plugins_list');
function supported_plugins_list($supported_plugins_list) {
    return array(
        'Responsive Lightbox' => array(
            'location' => 'responsive-lightbox-lite/responsive-lightbox-lite.php',
            'settings_url' => 'options-general.php?page=responsive-lightbox-lite',
            'rel' => 'lightbox',
            'attributes' => array(
                'data-lightbox-type' => 'iframe'

Note that you can use `:url` or `:caption` to retrieve these items from the slides, such as `’data-lightbox-url’ => ‘:url’`

The easy way:

  1. Go to the Plugins Menu in WordPress
  2. Search for “MetaSlider Lightbox”
  3. Click “Install”

The not so easy way:

  1. Upload the ml-slider-lightbox folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Manage your slideshows using the ‘MetaSlider’ menu option


September 3, 2016
Using it with Meta Slider Pro and Responsive Lightbox by dFactory and Fancybox.
September 3, 2016
Thanks a lot for the plugin! Only have a little problem with the image description with the responsive lightbox plugin, otherwise great plugin!
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Contributors & Developers

“MetaSlider Lightbox” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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1.11.1 – 2019/Aug/14

  • FIX: Fixes issue where the setting wouldn’t save properly

1.11.0 – 2019/July/8

  • FEATURE: Adds support for Gallery Manager Pro

1.10.4 – 2019/April/30

  • TWEAK: Adds unique class name to admin notices

1.10.3 – 2019/Jan/04

  • FIX: Fixes a bug where WP-Featherlight would not load as a gallery

1.10.2 – 2018/July/14

  • TWEAK: Updates settings page for WP Lightbox 2 to match their update

1.10.1 – 2018/Mar/16

  • FIX: Updates how lightbox plugins are checked for activation
  • FIX: Addresses a bug that checks for previous slider settings
  • FIX: Removes an incompatible lightbox plugin (duplicate name)

1.10.0 – 2018/Mar/16

  • REFACTOR: Refactors lightbox to clean up attribute function
  • REFACTOR: Refactors various parts of the code to extract supported plugin data
  • REFACTOR: Extracts the class MetaSliderLightboxPlugin to its own file.
  • REFACTOR: Changes the logic for check if the plugin is install and active.
  • TWEAK: Adds a CSS class to the container that identifies the active lightbox plugin
  • TWEAK: Adds filters to let users manipulate the plugin use
  • REFACTOR: Refactors lightbox to clean up attribute function
  • FEATURE: Adds support for additional lightbox plugins

1.9.3 – 2017/Nov/14

  • FIX: FooBox Pro compatibility update
  • FIX: Updates the FooBox Profile name
  • FIX: Update Gallery Manager plugin settings
  • TWEAK: Fix checks to slide URL

1.9.2 – 2018/Jan/26

  • TWEAK: Update translation strings
  • TWEAK: Adds warning message when no lightbox is active

1.9 [28/03/17]

  • Simple lightbox use slide caption instead of attachment caption

1.8 [16/03/17]

  • Update slide image URL to comply with new slide post type

1.7 [09/05/16]

  • Removes defunct Lightbox Plus plugin link (thanks to @Hendrik57)

1.6 [01/04/15]

  • Adds support for FooBox Image Lightbox and WP Lightbox 2 Pro versions

1.5 [30/01/15]

  • Adds support for FooBox Image Lightbox and Responsive Lightbox by dFactory

1.4 [15/12/14]

  • Hides dependancy warning in admin if WP Video Lightbox is activated (reported by and thanks to: vfontj)

1.3 [28/10/14]

  • Adds support for Fancy Gallery lightbox plugin (suggested by and thanks to: Zim1)

1.2 [17/09/14]

  • Support for additional lightbox plugins

1.1 [22/08/14]

  • Fix: Array assignment compatibility PHP < v5.4 (reported by and thanks to: andrea_montuori)

1.0 [15/08/14]

  • Initial version