WordPress Gallery Plugins


For anyone who uses WordPress as their blogging platform, there arises a need for an effective and working Gallery plugin at some point of time. If you are a photo blogger, the need for Gallery plugins is even higher. Although, after the release of WordPress versions 2.5+, a gallery feature has been integrated into WordPress, where once you upload some images on a post or a page, WordPress allows you to insert that group as an image gallery into your post or page.

In spite of this fact, sometimes using a plugin is much more efficient because not all WordPress themes contain CSS styling for the gallery feature and also, some plugins make your galleries visually better and much more accessible. So, in order to save the trouble of browsing through different gallery plugins on the Internet, I have compiled a list of the 10 best WordPress Gallery plugins. I have also inserted a poll under this post, where you can rate the listed plugins and help other users to make a better choice.

NextGen Gallery Plugin


The famous NextGen Gallery is a full integrated Image Gallery plugin for WordPress with a Flash slideshow option. Features include custom templates, AJAX thumbnail generator, sortable Albums, Zip file uploads, Watermark function, Lightbox Effects, Sidebar Widget, Flash Goodies and much more.

Check it out here :- NextGen Gallery Plugin

Cleaner WordPress Gallery Plugin


Cleaner Gallery gives you complete control over your WordPress galleries. It provides a valid XHTML solution and supports many different Lightbox type image scripts. The plugin creates valid XHTML code and only uses the images that you want to resize. You can also control the display of your images through CSS styling.

Check it out here :- Cleaner WordPress Gallery Plugin

Lightbox Gallery Plugin


This plugin changes the view of galleries to the Lightbox view and also displays the associated metadata with the images. The caption for each image is viewed through a tooltip when you hover your mouse on a thumbnail.

Check it out here :- Lightbox Gallery Plugin

FlippingBook Gallery Plugin


FlippingBook WordPress Gallery is an excellent way of working with images in blogs. You download photos, and the plugin creates a small photo gallery out of them. If you need to post several pictures, you don’t have to make large posts. Being joint together, pictures can be put in a beautiful Flash album-book and don’t take up much space. It’s very convenient to look through the pictures, leafing through the pages. You just have to double-click to print images out. This is a real interactive book which is nice and easy to use when you turn its pages.

Check it out here :- FlippingBook Gallery Plugin

PhotoXhibit Plugin


This versatile plugin uses photos from your Flickr, Picasa, and/or SmugMug accounts as well as allows you to upload and build Albums to help you build inviting Photo Galleries on and through out your site. Features include independent gallery creator, ability to customize each gallery’s appearance with a styles editor, easily create and upload Albums with a single thumbnail or two different size thumbnails and much more.

Check it out here :- PhotoXhibit

AWSOM PixGallery Plugin


Upload your images into a folder on your server, put a code in a post or page (which Pixgallery can generate for you), and immediately have an automatically created gallery with thumbnails, watermarks, pagination and more in a matter of few seconds. This is an easy solution to adding an Image, webcomic, or photo gallery to your WordPress install.

Check it out here :- AWSOM PixGallery Plugin

Falbum Gallery Plugin


This is a WordPress plugin that allows you to display your Flickr photos and photo sets on your website. It can be easily configured through the WordPress administration area and uses Flickr API to display images, EXIF data, tags, and also notes.

Check it out here :- Falbum Gallery Plugin

Lazyest Gallery Plugin


This is an excellent Gallery solution with features like automatic thumbnail and slide creation, comments on images and folders, JQuery Slideshow, Galleries and Sub-galleries, Widgets, EXIF data display, Adding captions and much more.

Check it out here :- Lazyest Gallery Plugin

WP Photo Album Plugin


This plugin is designed to easily manage and display your photo albums within your WordPress site. Plugin features include managing and creating albums, moving photos to and from albums, uploading and deleting photos, adjustment of thumbnail and full view picture sizes (set default max sizes for each).

Check it out here :- WP Photo Album Plugin

Inline Gallery Plugin


This plugin offers a way of including arbitrary amounts of images in your blog posts. The plugin does no processing on the images (except for getting the image metadata), so it’s lightning fast. You can have multiple galleries per post and the plugin is integrated with the WordPress’ WYSIWYG editor. The Admin page uses AJAX for gallery browsing and caption editing.

Check it out here :- Inline Gallery Plugin


I hope that this post has helped you in choosing a Gallery plugin for your WordPress blog. Why not vote for the best WordPress Gallery plugin and help others decide too!

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  28. Shane Clark says:

    I think many people end up using gallery plugins in lieu of a plugin that is more geared for a portfolio. I created this one for myself and my client to dynamically display work by categories and multiple categories. Let me know what you guys think

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  30. Mike says:


    Still love this list, but I have another Gallery plugin to share with you

    It adds photo rating functionality to your WordPress website :) made by yours truely!

  31. Mike says:

    I know this isn’t exactly a gallery plugin as such, but what it does do is turn any gallery into a social gallery :)

    I use it on any of the sites I can and I think it’s really good.


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  33. may says:

    Hi I wanted to display photos in different ways, can you recommend a gallery that can flexibly arrange photos ?
    many thanks,

  34. Justin says:

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  37. I am using Next Gen plugin, I totally love it.

  38. Shalu Sharma says:

    Nice list here. I am confused which one to use. I need to organise photos in pages and also posts. Which one is the best to go for.

  39. Nice list of various galleries. Hope to try some on

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  41. Really useful plugins for bloggers
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  45. kabeer khan says:

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  46. Nice Plugins….I like the gallery

  47. Multipl'Art says:

    Hi, I’m running a blog which topic is art and artists. So I desperately need a good gallery plugin to display images and probably videos. I don’t need a lot of options, I just need to create a sub page or article for each artist, I also need to put all the galleries on one page, and probably some thumbnails on each artist article… Which one of these plugin would you recommend?

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  54. Gerben says:

    Nice roundup :) I’d like to add one to the list, it’s coming out soon: Magic Gallery ( Check out the site for more info and demo’s.

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  60. doug hyde says:

    There is a new gallery coming out that has a multiple upload, which will save a lot of time messimg with pictures. I’ll post again when I find the details.

  61. Steve says:

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  64. Andy Charrington says:


    Shameless self plug. I’ve written a plugin called WordPress Gallery. I think it’s pretty cool!

    WordPress gallery provides a simple interface for uploading images, editing them and having them displayed on the front end of your site via a shortcode or a function call.
    The front end gallery can be configured in the following ways-
    Height and width of your gallery.
    Transition effect.
    Transition time.
    Optional lightbox effect to original image.
    Uploading images is done through a simple interface that allows you to upload multiple images at once (only limited by your server’s execution time and maximum file size). You can then edit the image to adjust crop, scale and rotation. Any changes you make to an image can be easily reverted back to the original image at any time.
    If you have an Amazon S3 account your images will be uploaded there saving bandwidth and storage costs.

    You can check it out here.

    Would be great to get some feedback!



  65. ????? says:

    FlippingBook Gallery Plugin is cool plugin ^^

  66. Nice, so many choices to see about galleries here. Here is another one can be checked it out Enjoy…

  67. Nice… you have an awesome list. Thanks for the idea. You gave me an idea what plug in to use

  68. lawyers says:

    The plugin creates valid XHTML code and only uses the images that you want to resize

  69. Hendrik says:


    great list you put together! The voting is super interesting as well.

    We just had a similar thing done. We selected the best five gallery plugins and wrote detailed reviews about them. So if anybody is interested is welcome to visit us: Best WordPress Gallery Plugins.

    Thanks for you post and see you soon

    Greetings from Germany


  70. mike says:

    Were can I find a plug in that when you click on the images it takes you to another page

  71. Jake says:

    Cool collection
    but i found another cool image gallery WP plugin
    it’s include many flash galleries and Flipping Book

  72. Zattara says:

    Nice plugins I’ve found here – specially NextGen ! Did you know the “A PageFlip Book” to make cool 3D books as images galleries ? Like Flipping Book, but easier to control. You can find it on
    Thanks !

  73. Karl says:

    Thanks for such a useful list.
    I’ve now used several of these gallery plugins to great effect.

  74. Susan says:

    I like the Lightbox gallery plugin but have a question…can it be used to play videos also?

  75. Lima says:

    Thanks for nice share. Im looking that, im new in WP… many many thanks

  76. slowriter says:

    just voted for next gen and now it’s total number of votes is 1337…. just thought i’d share that with y’all

  77. thank you for sharing, very useful!! thanks

  78. Carol says:

    Thank you very much for yet another first-rate WordPress tutorial. I am always searching for original WordPress tips to suggest to my own readers. Thanks for making this article. It’s just what I was searching for. Truly fantabulous post.

  79. popkha says:

    Nice plugins, NextGen is the best….but i am looking for a plugin, that user can vote for single image, something like end of this post page!!!

    anyone please reply?

  80. Paul Clapp says:

    Some awesome plug ins here, nice one!

  81. I cannot recommend Lazyest Gallery Plugin due to the ambiguity in its function. When I deactivated it, it had left some codes here and there that was not interesting at all. Not clean codes!

  82. CSSReX says:

    Thanks for this wonderful list however I am confused which one to use. Any ways I will try some of them.

    Thanks for making my search easy!!

  83. ariyanto says:

    Hello, i have a trouble finding galleries pluggin for Wp. Is there a plugin which is i can upload thumbnail and original image each one by one? I’m so desperately can’t find a plugin like that :(

    1. Tamara says:

      ariyanto, did you ever find one? I’m looking for the same thing and avoiding writing a plugin. It seems so obvious that someone would have done it already:
      upload separate thumbnails as optional alternative to generated ones

  84. I vote for NEXTGEN GALLERY cause it seems to have the most functionalities.

  85. Azad Shaikh says:

    Awesome list. i was just deciding which gallery plugin to ues. you made my work easier.

    Warm Regards,
    Azad Shaikh (The Internet Geek)

  86. Mike says:

    Great list. Think I will give nextgen a go. I’m trying to add a box with multiple images and links on my righthand side bar. Hopefully this will allow me to do so?

  87. canvas art says:

    great article, thanks for sharing the info.

  88. Automatica says:

    Just fyi,

    There are two that have not been mentioned: “gallery and caption” and “jquery native”. These both update the existing wp gallery rather than supplant it. Transitions are sexy. gallery and caption adds the ability to theme wp caption images and do things similar to inline gallery (multiple galleries per post).

  89. Rick says:

    @urban art:-
    Not automatically, but you can achieve what you want using custom fields in NextGEN Gallery. I managed to create “page galleries” using this technique.

    Hope this helps.

  90. HD Wallpaper says:

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  91. Holly Knott says:

    Wow, this is a super list and great to see the poll results, too. Thanks so much for compiling this and posting it for the rest of us.

  92. urban art says:

    Some good ones here that I’ve never seen before. I’m trying to find one that pulls in images from posts automatically, and the image links to the post when clicked. Shouldn’t be hard to find but it is… Thanks for this list!

  93. Pasyuk says:

    Hey! There is another and one of the best on my mind flash gallery. You should include it in this list. Named GRAND Flash Album Gallery – multi category flash skin based photo gallery with powerful admin. Thanks!

  94. Peter says:

    WP Photo Album has not worked with the last three releases of WordPress and it looks like the developer has stopped supporting the plugin.


  95. Mark says:

    Thanks for the useful list! I personally really like NextGen Gallery Plugin and Featured Content which is not on this list.

  96. Penny Gamer says:

    I’m sorry, but these are all pretty terrible. NOT that I can create anything better, but the gallery support for WP is pretty bad. It’s frustrating, really.

    I wish someone would create a plugin that would let you…

    – select images
    – set backgrounds
    – auto generate thumbnails
    – apply javascript transitions

    Am I missing one? Anyone?

  97. Stanley says:

    nice plugins, thanks for shaing.. i choose lightbox to test on my site..

  98. ya,thats true.i thank you for this of luck from ireland

  99. Tulerpeton says:


    Just to present the WordPress Chatbot plugin, with “robot style” voice. I’m got plenty of plugins and I’m looking for advise to monetize the stuff…


  100. twincascos says:

    I’m surprised you haven’t found the superslider-show plugin which uses slideshow2/mootools java script. you might want to add it to your list.

  101. Adeje says:

    I have been using “featured content gallery” on my travel website. I like the end effect and that there is no requirement to resize etc.
    I will check out the NextGen plugin now.

  102. From what I can tell, Next GEN is the only real Gallery plugin. The others just add script or modify the WordPress built in gallery uploader or output.

  103. Mike says:

    Nice entry. I also suggest Sidebar Photoblog a simpler (but powerful enough) plugin for begginers.

  104. Sveikinimai says:

    Nice post, thank you

    1. Web Design says:

      Being mainly a Joomla user, the gallery componenet I use most is Joomgallery. It’s very flexible and has a lot of features, but can be very hard to understand the admin of it. As for chagning the look of it, you need coding knowledge really.
      I’m considering moving to wordpress, as I hear that it’s more user friendly for the ‘non- technical’ amongst us.
      Can anyone recommend this, or am I barking up the wrong tree ?

  105. Quân says:

    NextGen Gallery is the best plugin for me!!!
    If I have to choose only one, that would be it

  106. BotJetryDer says:

    nice, really nice!

  107. Chen says:

    Nextgen is no doubt the best.. the lightbox gallery is surprisingly looking good…

  108. marcel says:

    @Tommie Hansen:- Hi Tommie You could try lazyest gallery

  109. Alain says:

    I was wondering if anyone can tell me where can I get a plug-in for the voting functionality that is used on this site. Thank you very much

  110. dee says:

    Next Gen is the best WordPress plugin on the Internet. I highly recommend it to anyone using digital images on their blog.

  111. Neil says:

    @Max:- You can use the lightbox effect with Nextgen Gallery :)

  112. Max says:

    I am currently using NextGen, will there be any conflict with older post if i change to lightbox gallery? Anyone tried before?

  113. hyipinvestor says:

    THE PATTERN that it is necessary! Thank you! Long ago searched for!

  114. There is yet to be a really effective image gallery where you store the images on your own server.

    Nextgen Gallery is still too much of a hassle when inserting large amount of images in different galleries, it’s a pity that it’s the only viable choice currently.

  115. Fakhra says:

    WordPress gallery in this blog is very useful and beautiful.

  116. Jenny says:

    I still dont know which one to use. They all seem great tho.

  117. Flick says:

    Just wondering if any of the plugins featured support multiple categories? I remember testing out NextGEN and did like it, but alas there was no support for multiple categories at the time. Not sure if there is now?

  118. i like lightbox gallery plugin, looks very awesome, gonna try it now with my blog. Thanks jai for letting us know some of galery plugin.

  119. S.K says:

    I use Kpicasa gallery which is very good for pulling images stored in Picasaweb. You can use either Lightbox or Highslide javascript tool for rendering expanded images.

    “Shashin” is also very good for Picasaweb images and it has many options.


  120. The Nexgen gallery is really cool, especially with the smooth gallery mod. It makes for a great way to showcase something.

  121. Jazz says:

    How about Plogger? Does that compare to the software listed here? You can get a 3rd party wordpress plugin, too.

  122. Kjetil says:

    Just to get this overview is a great help!
    I’ve been trying out NextGen gallery for some time, but have some minor problems. No doubt it’s an incredible plugin, but now I can try out some others.
    We’ll see where this ends :o)

  123. marcel says:

    @PIF:- Hi PIF,
    Lazyest Gallery can read existig uploaded images.

  124. PIF says:

    Which one of them is able to read in existing uploaded images?

    This is the biggest problem I have with WP – existing uploaded images cannot be found by other image plugins.


  125. George says:

    Here you can see the NextGen Gallery plugin @ work in my site:

    1. Jennifer says:

      I see the gallery images on your site. When I click on them you get that nice window with the next and prev links on either side. I have NextGen installed but I don’t seem to get that, when you click on the image it closes. How did you get that???

    2. Ravi says:

      Very Good Article.


      1. Duncan says:

        I like all these Gallery plugins,
        can anyone help suggest a gallery to show second hand cars? i.e on each post have 5 images of the car, thanx

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