Shutter Reloaded WordPress plugin

Shutter Reloaded is an image viewer for your website that works similarly to Lightbox, Thickbox, etc. but is lean and mean at only 10KB size. It does not require any external libraries. It has all standard features: resizing large images if the window is too small to display them with option to show the image in full size, unlimited number of image sets, pre-loading of neighbour images for faster display and very good browser compatibility.

This plugin also offers customization of colour and opacity settings for the background and colour for the caption, text links (if used) and the image count.

There are options to enable Shutter Reloaded for all links pointing to an image on your site (with option to exclude some pages), or just on selected pages. It can be enabled only for image links with a specific CSS class or by using Lightbox style activation (rell=”lightbox[…]”). It also can “auto-make” sets for each post/page.

Many thanks to Gerhard Lehnhoff, for translating Shutter Reloaded to German and for the suggestions, and to Lise, for the French translation.

Shutter Reloaded is easily integrated with Alex Rabe’s excellent NextGEN Gallery plugin. More info.


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Image sets are created by using class=”shutterset” to the link pointing to the image. Adding class=”shutterset” also activates the plugin, there’s no need to add both classes, shutterset and shutter. Multiple sets are created by using class=”shutterset_setname”, where setname can be any ascii word and/or a number. If using Lightbox style activation, sets are created by adding a set name in the square brackets. More help is available on the admin page of the plugin.


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If you’re having any problems with Shutter try downloading the current development version. All bug-fixes, improvements and new features will be available there first. It should be stable enough for use, however some quick testing after activation would be a good idea. Please report any new bugs or incompatibilities with other plugins by commenting below.

Shutter Reloaded version 2.4



Standard WordPress quick and easy installation:

  1. Download.
  2. Unzip.
  3. Upload to the plugins folder.
  4. Log in WordPress and activate the plugin.
  5. Go to “Options -> Shutter Reloaded” and set your preferences.

To upgrade: deactivate and delete the old version, then follow the above instructions to install the new one.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have … plugin installed that also uses javascript, will there be any conflicts/incompatibilities?

Since Shutter Reloaded does not use any js libraries, it does not interfere with them. It uses an onload event but has a function to play nice with other scripts that use onload too (from WordPress).

  • What will happen if my site visitors have Javascript disabled?

Then none of your links will be changed and will work as usual.

  • I have a thumbnail link but it points to a webpage, not to image. Will that affect Shutter Reloaded?

No, Shutter Reloaded looks only for links pointing to an image (with thumbnails or not), and will not change any other link, even if the link has the same css class used for activation.

670 thoughts on “Shutter Reloaded WordPress plugin”

  1. Hi
    This plugin is showing it has not been updated in 6 years on the wordpress plugin page. As wordpress is now at 4.8.2 with 4.9 coming soon are you maintaining this plugin and have you done any testing with 4.8.2? If so please update the plugin page to give users confidence to continue using it

  2. After testing, doesn’t work with certain themes – sometimes it will load and sometimes it doesn’t, sometimes it will slowdown the page load and etc.
    Now, I found a theme that work with it perfectly. And it’s faster then before.

  3. hello ,
    i want to know that suppose we have so many images on blog and we when we are going to click on only a single images so want display that particular image with light-box with only single image should not opened all images with that image. plz help asap.or can u plz repl me on my id rai.varsh…

  4. I have loaded this and working fine I just want to re-number/edit sequence shown below of image i.e. 1 of 6, 2 of 6 as these are showing incorrectly on my site how is this achieved, please

  5. what I love about this plugin is that it does not need external libraries to run and has very good functionality, I tried it on one of my sites and I worked great. thanks for the info

  6. I wish to add image caption together with image title on the shutter image bottom, like ‘image title – image caption’ (Nr.001 – another one fine thing) where I could add this option in plugin code?

  7. Hello! Do you know if they make any plugins to
    protect against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on.
    Any tips?

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