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WordPress Lightbox Ultimate Plugin – Display Media in a Fancy Lightbox Overlay

The WordPress Lightbox Ultimate plugin allows you to embed your media files (images, videos, mp3 etc) using lightbox overlay display similar to the one shown below

This plugin can be used to display images, mp3, mp4, flash, YouTube, Vimeo, Viddler videos in a lightbox popup. It can also be used with videos hosted on your Amazon S3 account.


A lot of users of our free WordPress Video Lightbox plugin requested us to develop a more powerful and professionally supported lightbox plugin so here it is. The the WP Lightbox Ultimate plugin has many customization options and can handle many types of videos that the WP Video lightbox plugin couldn’t handle.

WP Lightbox Ultimate Plugin Demo

Videos embedded with this plugin will impress your visitors!

Please click on the following links and it will take you to a page where all the different types of media files have been embedded using the WP Lightbox ultimate plugin.

You can also watch the following video that demonstrates some of the capabilities of the WP ligthbox Ultimate plugin:

Plugin Features

Below are just some of the notable features of the WordPress Lightbox Ultimate Plugin:

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    Easy Installation

    Easy installation and setup – it takes minutes to install the plugin then embed your videos with shortcodes.

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    Embed Videos Anywhere

    Embed videos anywhere on your WordPress site with lightbox effect using shortcodes.

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    Professional Looking Lightbox

    Give your sales and landing pages a fresh look with professional looking lightbox effects with this plugin.

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    Takes Less Space

    Videos embedded using lightbox effect take less space on your landing page regardless of the dimensions of the video. This will help you efficiently manage the real estate on of your landing pages.

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    Use Text or Image Anchor

    Embed media files using an anchor text or an anchor image (the lightbox pops up when the text or image anchor is clicked).

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    Responsive Videos

    We have shortcodes that will allow you to embed videos that are responsive and works on all browsers.

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    All Browser Compatible Lightbox Video

    Embed mp4 videos (the most popular video format for web) using lightbox effect that works on all major browsers (including iOS devices). You don’t have to worry about some of your users not being able to play the video.

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    YouTube and Vimeo Videos

    Use lightbox effect on YouTube videos (single video or a playlist). You can also embed Vimeo and Viddler videos using lightbox effect.

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    Wistia Videos in Lightbox

    You can embed videos from your Wistia account. The Wistia videos will play in a lightbox/overlay window.

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    Supports Most Popular Media Types

    Embed the following media types with lightbox effect: images, mp4 videos, mp3 audio files, PDF files, flv, flash (swf), f4v etc.

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    Image Gallery with Lightbox

    Create beautiful image galleries with lightbox effects just using a shortcode. You can embed multiple image galleries on a single post/page

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    Embed Videos from Media Library

    You can use any MP4 video file(s) that you have already uploaded to your WordPress media library and embed them on a page using a lightbox effect.

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    Embed Videos from Amazon S3

    Embed videos stored on your Amazon S3 account using lightbox. You can also embed private/protected mp4 videos stored on your Amazon S3 account to add protection for your videos (the videos will be responsive and work on all major browsers including iPhone and iPad). Very useful if you are selling videos.

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    Embed Videos from Google Drive

    You can use this plugin to embed videos stored on your Google Drive account using the lightbox effect.

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    Embed Videos from Dropbox

    You can use this plugin to embed videos stored on your Dropbox account using the lightbox popup effect.

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    Secure Video Download

    Ability to create a secure download link on a WordPress page for your video files stored on your Amazon S3 account (this will allow your users to download the media file without compromising the security of the video file). Very useful if you are running a video membership site using a plugin similar to WP eMember.

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    RTMP Video Streaming

    RTMP video streaming support using Amazon CloudFront and S3.

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    WordPress Image Gallery Integration

    WordPress allows you to create photo galleries by uploading images using the media uploader. Lightbox Ultimate plugin can extend that functionality and allow you to also open each of the gallery images using the lightbox effect.

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    Load External Page in Lightbox

    You can load another HTML page from your site in an overlay/lightbox popup using this plugin.

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    Free Future Upgrades

    Free future improvements and upgrades (there is no annual fee). You will always have access to the latest version of the plugin for free.

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    Plugin Stability

    Our plugin code-base is very stable. We put a lot effort into testing and developing our plugins so it doesn’t break your site after you upgrade.

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    Great Support

    We offer good customer support. Check out our customer only forum to see how we handle product related issues (usually within 24 hours).

Plugin Installation Instruction

  • Click on the “Add New” link from under the “Plugins” menu in your WordPress dashboard
  • Click on the “Upload” tab then browse for the plugin file (wp-lightbox-ultimate.zip) that you received after purchase.
  • Click the “Install Now” button and hit activate when prompted.
  • Now go under the WordPress “Settings” menu and click on the “WP Lightbox” to access the settings menu of this plugin.

Lightbox Plugin Usage

You can embed your media files on a WordPress post or page by using shortcodes

Technical Support

  • If you face any issue with this plugin please post it on our customer only support forum and we will address it.

Customer Feedback

We won’t waste your time with fake testimonials! Checkout the customer feedback page and see what some of our customers have to say about us.

This is an awesome plugin. You guys truly have the best set of plugins for internet marketers. The plugins are very nicely designed and packed with lots of useful features. Keep up the good work.

Ivan Blatter

You can also check the comment section below for more customer feedback.

Get the WordPress Lightbox Ultimate Plugin Now

App Category
WordPress Plugin
Software Name
WordPress Lightbox Ultimate
Date Modified
Operating System
WordPress 4.9
A plugin to embed most popular media files on your WordPress site using lightbox overlay and popup effect
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Get the WP Lightbox Ultimate plugin and upgrade the look of your WordPress site now!


Standard Option

  • Use on One Site
  • Access to Support Forum
  • One-time Purchase Fee
  • Free Upgrades for Life

Price: $39.95


Developer Option

  • Use on Unlimited Sites
  • Access to Support Forum
  • One-time Purchase Fee
  • Free Upgrades for Life

Price: $79.95

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Comments (190 responses)

  1. wpcommerce says:

    @Peter, Unfortunately It’s not possible at the moment.

  2. Peter says:

    Hi, Is it possible to hover (mouseover) on an image to display YouTube video in a lightbox in PC? (And in mobile devices, YouTube video should be played when touched.) Thanks for your prompt response.

    Best Regards,

  3. Tatyanna says:

    Yes, they are approved to show on our site. I guess I need to change that huh. I should have thought of that.


  4. wpcommerce says:

    @Tatyanna, Is your vimeo video set to private?

  5. Tatyanna says:

    Hi! I am using this plugin on my site for lightbox videos. They are hosted on Vimeo. I used the shortcode listed above but the thumbnails are not showing. Only the red start button. help. 🙂

  6. wpcommerce says:

    @Mark, You can disable suggested videos at the end by adding rel=0 to the URL.

  7. Mark says:

    Hi there, Just bought WP LightBox Ultimate. Going well, but I would like to remove the suggested videos at the end of my youtube video when it has finished playing? Any ideas?

    Many thanks

  8. wpcommerce says:

    @Cristian, Our plugin does support self-hosted or externally hosted (publicly accessible) MP4 video popup in lightbox. However, It doesn’t automatically generate the thumbnail image. It needs to be manually created by the user.

  9. Cristian says:

    Hi, Can I use WP LightBox Ulitmate with self hosted videos? Does WP LightBox Ulitmate takes screenshots from the videos and uses them as video thumbnails? I have about 40 self hosted videos and would be great if I don’t need to make manual screenshots for each of them.

    Thank you

  10. wpcommerce says:

    @Isla, Unfortunately we don’t have any option to display Instagram, Twitter or Facebook items in lightbox. However, We have shortcodes that can popup media in a responsive lightbox window. You can see it in action on our demo page.

  11. Isla says:

    Pre-purchase questions:

    1. Is it possible to display dynamic Instagram, Twitter or Facebook items in the lightbox?
    2. Is the lightbox responsive in all mobile environments?

    Thanks, Isla

  12. wpcommerce says:

    @Beyers13, We have an advanced YouTube shortcode in our Lightbox Ultimate plugin. It should be able to do what you are looking for:


  13. Beyers13 says:

    Can you remove youtube controls and title? The standard code for that in video lightbox doesn’t seem to be working.

  14. wpcommerce says:

    @Anangke, Is this question for our free video lightbox plugin or the premium one (lightbox ultimate)? If it’s video lightbox you can add a rel=”wp-video-lightbox” to your link and it will open the media in lightbox. If it’s the premium one you need to add rel=”wp_lightbox_prettyPhoto”.

  15. Anangke says:

    Hi, I’m trying to modify a wordpress theme, so that when you click any of the thumbnails on the main page, it launches the video in lightbox. At the moment, when I click on one of these thumbnails, it still directs me to an external page. Is there an API or any exposed functions, I could use to attach to an element in the javascript? Thanks.

  16. wpcommerce says:

    @Sareer, Our plugin can play MP4 videos in lightbox as well. Please check the demo page for more information.

  17. Sareer says:

    How to insert wordpress uploaded video in the shortcode? Or is this plugin just for vimeo and youtube?

  18. wpcommerce says:

    @Kari, It’s possible. If you use our prettyPhoto shortcode you should be able to show a title and description in lightbox.

  19. Kari says:

    Hi! I use wplightbox as a videogallery. I made small thumbnail images for videos. Is it possible to add tittles for videos in lightbox? (top or below the video)

  20. wpcommerce says:

    @Fernando, Do you mean like a div that contains text? If so It’s possible. With our inline HTML popup option you can open any custom content in lightbox.

  21. Fernando says:

    Hi, Does the WordPress Lightbox Ultimate Plugin support text layers? I mean, can I use it to open layers that contains nothing but text?


  22. wpcommerce says:

    @Sergiu, That should automatically be determined by YouTube based on the internet connection. However, we do have an option to set the HD option in our Lightbox Ultimate plugin.

  23. Sergiu says:

    Hello, I have a question about the WP Video Lightbox plugin,is there a way to make Lightbox play youtube video as 720 HD default?I don’t know how to set it ,thanks in advance.

  24. wpcommerce says:
  25. Mike says:

    Hi – So far, I’m loving this plugin. I’m stuck, however, in that I’d love to style my image anchor for MP4 video with a hover effect. Everything is working perfectly, I just need step-by-step help defining the css class and placing it in my theme’s custom css for a hover effect.

  26. wpcommerce says:

    @Ted, Your theme seems to be having a JavaScript conflict with the latest version of jQuery (WordPress 4.5 updated jQuery from 1.11.3 to 1.12.2).

    Uncaught Error: Syntax error, unrecognized expression: a[href*=#] (jquery.js?ver=1.12.3:2)

  27. Ted Dame says:

    I am having a problem with the LightBox Ultimate plugin. I would post a topic to the forum, but I don’t see an option to post–I can only read.

    Anyways, I have upgraded to the latest WordPress (4.5.2) and the latest Lightbox Ultimate plugin (2.2.1) and my MP4 videos will no longer launch a popup and play. This same exact page worked in the past with previous versions.

    This is happening on all my web sites which use these versions. They all used to work, and now they don’t.


    I am seeing this on pretty much all browsers–right now, I see it on a Mac running Chrome.

    Thanks for your help.

  28. wpcommerce says:

    @Ron, This means you can only open a vimeo video that is publicly available (by going to the video page while not logged into your vimeo account).

  29. Ron says:

    Hi, On your faq page there is a question: “Can I open private vimeo video in lightbox using this plugin?” and your FAQ says “No this can not be done.”
    Can I just check whether this means that the plugin can’t be used with a Vimeo Pro account where the video’s are set to only open from a specified domain? Or was that previous question by someone wanting to open vimeo video’s that they don’t own? I need to be sure the plugin will work with Vimeo Pro content before I purchase.

  30. wpcommerce says:

    @Ted, For the YouTube shortcodes you can specify your alt parameter in the img_attributes parameter:

    [wp_lightbox_ultimate_youtube_video_embed videoid="mYxoTnUxf34" playlist="" hd="0" autoplay="1" display_control="1" fullscreen="1" autohide="1" theme="light" show_suggested_video="0" showinfo="0" anchor_type="image" source="http://www.example.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/vide-thumb-270x153.jpg" img_attributes='alt="alternate description goes here"']

  31. Ted Klopp says:

    Hi, I am using the Lightbox Ultimate plugin on my site and also using the Yoast SEO Premium plugin. The SEO plugin is telling me that I am missing alt tags on some images on my pages. I checked with their support team and they indicate that when the Lightbox plugin calls for an image as an anchor for a video or picture gallery, it is doing so without an alt tag in the actual code. I am wondering if there is a part of the lightbox shortcode that would allow me to put an alt tag in for the anchor image of my YouTube video – if not I will simply ignore that error message.


  32. wpcommerce says:

    @Massimo, You can enable the “Autoplay” option in the settings (Settings -> WP Lightbox -> Library Settings -> PrettyPhoto Settings).

  33. Massimo says:

    Hi guys, great plugin, I love it! How can I set vimeo videos to autoplay? I’m using a shortcode to open the popup.


  34. wpcommerce says:

    @Nic, We don’t really provide options for ogv or webm because all major browsers now support mp4 format. This was necessary back then when HTML5 just came out. Besides this gives users less headache because they don’t need to keep track of three different video files for one video.

    WordPress only filters shortcode in the content area of a post/page. In order to filter shortcode in the header.php file you need to run it through the do_shortcode function (It’s a WordPress function). Other than that normal shortcodes should work fine.


  35. Nic says:

    Hi, I wanted to add videos formats .ogv and .webm – does your plugin support this? I want to make sure I cover all browser formats. And just to confirm, I can add text to a wordpress page (backend page – I want to add a button link on the header.php page saying “click here to watch the video”) and have the video pop up as a lightbox. Many thanks for your help!

  36. wpcommerce says:

    @Cathy, Amazon S3 option is available in our paid version.

  37. Cathy says:

    Is this only for Vimeo and YouTube? What about amazon s3 in the paid version?

  38. wpcommerce says:
  39. Lizzie says:

    Can I upload just a whole video file from my desktop or from Dropbox to have it play on my site through LightBox ultimate? Wanting to keep content secure as possible. Vimeo upload is poor quality. YouTube looks good but too easy to share. Trying to host paid training classes. Thx!

  40. wpcommerce says:

    @Jan, We do have a YouTube shortcode which allows you to pop up a playlist in lightbox with related videos turned off.

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