What is it?

Facebox is a jQuery-based, Facebook-style lightbox which can display images, divs, or entire remote pages.

It's simple to use and easy on the eyes. Download the tarball, view the examples, then start enjoying the curves.

Why another lightbox?

Because we wanted, nay, needed a Facebook-style lightbox on FamSpam.


Requires jQuery 1.2.1.

You'll need a loading image, close label, four corners, and solid border images in addition to the javascript and css files. All are included in the tarball.

Download Facebox v1.2

Want to live on the edge? The code is kept in GitHub at http://github.com/defunkt/facebox


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View 'images/stairs.jpg' in the Facebox

The Code

<a href="images/stairs.jpg" rel="facebox">text</a>


View the 'info' div in the Facebox

The Code

<a href="#info" rel="facebox">text</a>


View 'remote.html' in the Facebox

The Code

<a href="remote.html" rel="facebox">text</a>

Load Dependencies

Make sure jQuery is loaded before Facebox.

<script src="jquery.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<link href="/facebox/facebox.css" media="screen" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"/>
<script src="/facebox/facebox.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Attach It onLoad

While calling facebox() on any anchor tag will do the trick, it's easier to give your Faceboxy links a rel="facebox" and hit them all onLoad.

jQuery(document).ready(function($) {

Extra Classes

You can give the facebox container an extra class (to fine-tune the display of reusable remote pages) with the facebox[.class] rel syntax.

Maybe your Terms and Conditions can be loaded standalone or via Facebox. When loaded in Facebox, you might want to tweak some styles -- like making the h1 positioned absolutely? We do this on FamSpam.

View an an example which makes the remote.html page bigger and bolder using css.

The Code

<a href="remote.html" rel="facebox[.bolder]">text</a>

Controlling Facebox Programmatically

It's possible to attain a higher level control over Facebox by calling methods directly. The following will open the Facebox and insert the passed string into it:

Arbitrary Text

jQuery.facebox('something cool');
jQuery.facebox('something cool', 'my-groovy-style');

Remote files

jQuery.facebox({ ajax: 'remote.html' });
jQuery.facebox({ ajax: 'remote.html' }, 'my-groovy-style');


jQuery.facebox({ image: 'images/stairs.jpg' });
jQuery.facebox({ image: 'images/stairs.jpg' }, 'my-groovy-style');

A Page Element

jQuery.facebox({ div: '#box' });
jQuery.facebox({ div: '#box' }, 'my-groovy-style');

If you plan to fill the Facebox with the result of an Ajax call, you'll want the loading graphic displayed whilst your asynchronus task runs. This is the automatic behavior if the facebox() method is passed a function.

Loading Image Displayed

jQuery.facebox(function() {
  jQuery.get('code.js', function(data) {
    jQuery.facebox('<textarea>' + data + '</textarea>')

Thanks & Contact

Thanks to Facebook for the idea and style. Thanks to Mindy Tchieu for her help in getting this working.

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