Lightweight responsive lightbox.


Lity is a ultra-lightweight and responsive lightbox plugin which supports images, iframes and inline content out of the box.

Minified and gzipped, its total footprint weights about 2kB.

It works with jQuery and Zepto.


Image Inline Google Maps YouTube Vimeo URL


All ready-to-use files are located in the dist/ directory.

Include the Lity javascript and css files and its dependencies in your HTML document:

<link href="dist/lity.css" rel="stylesheet">
<script src="vendor/jquery.js"></script>
<script src="dist/lity.js"></script>

Lity can also be installed via Bower or npm.



Add the data-lity attribute to <a> elements for which you want the links to be opened in a lightbox:

<a href="" data-lity>Image</a>
<a href="#inline" data-lity>Inline</a>
<a href="//" data-lity>iFrame Youtube</a>
<a href="//" data-lity>iFrame Vimeo</a>
<a href="//,+Mountain+View,+CA" data-lity>Google Maps</a>

<div id="inline" style="background:#fff" class="lity-hide">
Inline content

If you want to open another URI than defined in the href attribute, just add a data-lity-target with the URI:

<a href="/image.html" data-lity data-lity-target="/image-preview.jpg">Image</a>


First create a lity instance:

var lightbox = lity();

lightbox is now a function which can be either used directly to open links in a lightbox or as an event handler:

// Open a URL in a lightbox

// Bind as an event handler
$(document).on('click', '[data-lightbox]', lightbox);

If you want to close the currently opened lightbox, use lightbox.close().

Copyright (c) Jan Sorgalla. Released under the MIT license.

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