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7 Best React Lightboxes to Try Out: The Ultimate List

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Susan is a programmer and open source contributor, currently specializing in React and JavaScript.

Best React Lightboxes

If you're on the lookout for some of the best React lightboxes out there, then you've come to the right place! In this guide, we're going to be exploring some of the best options available, including the most popular ones as well as many more, each brimming with lots of cool features.

When choosing a React lightbox, it's important to find a lightbox which contains all of the features you're looking for, whether it's mobile support, zooming functionality and so forth.

We'll be exploring lots of these within this in-depth guide! Let's get started!

Discover some of the best React lightboxes out there in this ultimate list!

Discover some of the best React lightboxes out there in this ultimate list!

1. Lightbox.js

Lightbox.js is a relatively new lightbox solution, built for the modern web and offers a fantastic number of features, from image zooming to full responsiveness on mobile and tablet devices, plus a lot more.

Features include:

  • Mobile responsiveness
  • Image zooming
  • Pinch-to-zoom
  • Image panning
  • Preset themes
  • Thumbnails
  • Animations upon enter and exit

What I like most about this React component is how it has provided motion gestures for mobile devices, so that users can zoom into images using a pinch-to-zoom gesture. This feels incredibly intuitive on a mobile device!

An example of zooming using Lightbox.js

An example of zooming using Lightbox.js

Another feature that is very useful is the magnifying glass feature, which allows users to zoom in on the image and view the small details with more clarity. You'll see an example of this in the GIF below, which shows the magnifying glass in action!

Here is an example of the magnifying glass feature, allowing users to see the details of images.

Here is an example of the magnifying glass feature, allowing users to see the details of images.

There are lots of demos to check out, so I'd definitely recommend looking through them, you can view these on the demo page here. Some of the demos include eCommerce shop examples, which are great if you'd like to preview a sample product page, with the lightbox configured for the product photos.

Overall, this lightbox comes with lots of fantastic features, and is reasonably good value too, when compared with a lot of other lightbox offerings in this space.

2. React Spring Lightbox

React Spring Lightbox is a lightbox solution which offers smooth zooming and a variety of other features, including:

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  • Keyboard shortcuts and controls
  • Pinch-to-zoom, as well as zooming through the mousewheel and clicking on the image
  • Animations between image transitions

You can zoom into imagery in a variety of ways, including through pinch-to-zoom, clicking on the image and so much more. With the surge in mobile traffic over the last few years, it's incredibly important to have mobile support, especially with image zooming, so this is a great feature of the lightbox overall.

This project is currently free to use (however, be sure to double-check the license in the GitHub repository) so it is great for those who wish to incorporate a lightbox solution without a commercial license.

Here's an example of React Image Lightbox in action!

Here's an example of React Image Lightbox in action!

3. FsLightbox

FsLightbox is a lightbox solution that is available for a variety of frameworks, including Vue and React also.

The free version includes a full-screen option as well as fade-out transition between images, however it doesn't include thumbnails.

The pro version does contain many more features, including thumbnails, as well as zooming and a slideshow feature, where the images are cycled through automatically. It also has full-screen functionality, which can be useful if you wish to only show the lightbox or its imagery.

Fslightbox's free version provides a full-screen option, as well a fade-in animation between images.

Fslightbox's free version provides a full-screen option, as well a fade-in animation between images.

4. Fancyapps

Another lightbox is the solution offered by FancyApps, which has an amazing array of features overall.

These include:

  • Customizable styling
  • Zooming through a mouse click or with pinch-to-zoom
  • Thumbnails
  • Lots of examples

There are plenty of ideas and examples available in their showcase gallery, which includes some super cool lightboxes that you can make use of once you install the library and purchase a commercial license. These examples include full-width image lightboxes, as well as product showcase lightboxes too!

To use this lightbox, you'll need to purchase a commercial license, which you can do so through their website. Overall, if you're on the lookout for a great JS lightbox, then I'd definitely recommend this one!

Here is an example of one of Fancyapps' lightboxes in action!

Here is an example of one of Fancyapps' lightboxes in action!

5. React Image Lightbox

React Image Lightbox is an NPM module which gets over a hundred thousand downloads weekly and is a very popular lightbox for React.

It contains features such as intuitive image zooming, as well as Keyboard Shortcuts too for those who wish to navigate through the images with their keyboard. It also is very responsive, perfect for viewing on mobile devices also.

This library is straightforward to set up too, so you'll have a working lightbox for your React project in no time!

React Spring Lightbox is a great lightbox solution with image animations and intuitive zooming.

React Spring Lightbox is a great lightbox solution with image animations and intuitive zooming.

6. Lightgallery

Lightgallery is one of the most popular lightboxes out there, available for HTML, React, Vue and Angular. It has a variety of built-in features, from zooming to thumbnails and so much more.

Incredibly useful features of Lightgallery include:

  • Mobile support
  • Zooming functionality
  • Full customization options
  • Flip/rotate images
  • Social share buttons
  • Thumbnails

This is a fantastic lightbox overall, and is quite popular online, you'll see it in use by many websites across the internet. It's also available with Vue and with vanilla JavaScript also, as well as Angular. If you're looking for a fully-featured lightbox, then I'd definitely recommend this particular lightbox solution.

This is free for open source projects, but if you have a commercial license, then a commercial license will have to be purchased from Lightgallery.

Here is an example of Lightgallery in action!

Here is an example of Lightgallery in action!

7 React lightboxes

Here are seven lightbox solutions which are available for React, as well as some of their features!

NameDetails

Lightgallery

This library offers a great array of features, including image zoom, captions and more, however you'll need to pay for a commercial license.

Fancyapps

A great lightbox solution with customization options, intuitive zooming and much more. This requires a commercial license however, unless your project is open-source.

Lightbox.js

Lightbox.js is a powerful React lightbox with a fantastic number of features, from intuitive zooming to thumbnails and great customization options.

Fslightbox

This component contains features such as zooming, however you'll need to upgrade to a paid version for extra features such as thumbnails.

React Image Lightbox

This NPM module contains fantastic features such as mobile responsiveness, keyboard shortcuts, image caption support, zoom and more.

React Spring Lightbox

A great lightbox solution with lovely animations between image transitions and smooth zooming too.

Simple React Lightbox

This library provides great customization options, so that you can adjust the look and feel of the lightbox!

7. Simple React Lightbox

Simple React Lightbox is a lightbox solution with a paid pro plan, and contains some great features worth taking a look at. You can pass images by creating an array of images and then passing this to the component.

What I love most about this library is that it provides developers the ability to customize everything about the lightbox, from the look and feel of the lightbox, to the UI and so much more. If you've used components in the past and wished to change their UI so that they integrate more seamlessly with your website's UI, then I'd definitely recommend this library for that!

Thanks very much for reading, hopefully you've discovered some great React lightboxes!

Thanks again for reading this guide, I hope that you've found some fantastic lightbox solutions in this article. We've taken a look at a great variety overall, and explored their features. While some require a commercial license, others are available for free too. It depends on the type of features you are looking for, and I've found that purchasing a commercial license can be a worthwhile investment overall, especially since you get dedicated support with a number of these offerings too.

Do you have other lightboxes you'd like to recommend? Be sure to let me know in the comments section below, as I'm always on the lookout for these.

Wishing you the very best with your React lightbox search, and thanks again for reading!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Susan W

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