nyroModal – A Nice Lightbox jQuery Plugin

nyroModal iQuery window plugin

A few weeks ago, I found myself in a position where I needed a nice, simple, easy-to-use lightbox plugin for jQuery. After some searching, I found that there are quite a few different plugins for this purpose, and they all have their pros and cons. After trying a few different plugins, I finally settled on nyroModal.

During my search, I found Thickbox, but that, while being powerful and easily usable, is no longer under development (and hasn’t been for two and a half years). It looks nice, but there were a few quirks with it that I just didn’t like (they’re hard to quantify, but it just didn’t fit the particular application I was using).

I also came across a post on Line25 with a list of 10 different jQuery plugins for lightbox applications. I tried a handful of them. Shadowbox looked promising, but it requires a commercial license if you want to use it for commercial purposes.

Many of the other plugins I investigated only supported images, and I needed my application to allow for the potential of including inline content, Flash videos and more in the future.

I finally tried nyroModal and was very impressed. nyroModal is simple to use out-of-the-box. Basically, all you have to do is include the appropriate CSS and JS files, and then apply a class of “nyroModal” to the elements you want to open the lightbox.┬áNyroModal is also extremely customizable. You can adjust almost every aspect of the lightbox as it’s applied to your page.