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Lightview Plus is a wordpress plug-in which integrates Lightview into your wordpress blog and automatically changes all image links, so the images will open with lightview. Now, it is possible to show videos from YouTube and Vimeo with lightview.


  • Copy the lightview-plus directory to the wordpress plug-in directory under /wp-content/
  • Download Lightview javascript and decompress it
  • Copy the directories „css“, „images“ and „js“ of the decompressed folder to /wp-content/plugins/lightview-plus/
  • Activate the plug-in in the plug-in menu
  • That’s it!


To backup the lightview javascript on update, it is possible to activate a backup function in the options menu.

Embed Images

  • Choose an image of your choice, as you have done it in wordpress many times
  • Create a link with this image to a bigger version of this image
  • All the rest is done from lightview-plus automatically

Examples for Images
Rathaus :: HamburgU-Bahn Jungfernstieg :: in HamburgSpeicherstadt :: HamburgBugsier 18 :: Auf der ElbeHeidschnucken :: Schafe in der Nordheide

Embed Videos

  • Click the new button „Embed Video“ Video hinzufügen
  • In the pop-up choose the portal you want to use (at the moment only YouTube and Vimeo. More in one of the next version).
  • Insert the video id
  • Choose, if you want a link text under the video
  • Enter the link text
  • Click INSERT

Find out the Video ID

  • YouTube:
  • Vimeo:
  • Blip.TV: It’s a little bit complicated. To show the this video, you have to click on the share button. Under „embed episode“ find in the embed code this URL: . The highlighted part is the one you need to run the video with lightview plus

Example for Video

[youtube 1uwOL4rB-go The dead Terrorist]

You find the current version under


Nothing is opened with lightview?
In you theme the <?php wp_head(); ?> is missing. Please, add it.

Images are still not opened with lightview!
Maybe an other plug-in uses jQuery or an older version of prototype oder scriptaculous. Deactivate the plug-ins or let me know if you found an alternative.

I added images to my text, but they are not clickable and they are not shown with lightview.
You have to create a link to the image. E. g. create a link from the image to the same image or a bigger one.

Is there a jQuery version of lightview?
I am not the author of lightview. I have done a wrapper for wordpress. Please, ask the author of lightview and let me know about the alternative.

Lightview does not work in browser xy on OS yz. / How do I change the display of lightview?
I have no look into the lightview javascript code. Please, ask the author of lightview.

Current Version
The actual version is v3.1. Now, it supports YouTube, and Vimeo videos.

Everyone is invited to send me a translated language pack of lightview-plus. Now, we have the following languages integrated:


If you think this plug-in is useful or you want support, don’t hesitate to donate. Lightview Plus has required a great deal of time and effort to develop. If it’s been useful to you then you can support this development by making a small donation. This will act as an incentive for me to carry on developing it, providing countless hours of support, and including any enhancements that are suggested. If you don’t have a clue how much you want to spend, the average of the last donations were €8. But every other amount is welcome. Please note, that PayPal takes for every transaction round about €0.50. So every donation below €1 is only a donation to PayPal 😉 Further you have the options to have a look at my amazon wishlist.

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  2. Hi.
    I downloaded the lastest version of lightview and lightview plus.
    1. Added lightview plus folder to the plugins-folder.
    2. Copied css, images, js — folders from lightview and put directly into lightview plus.
    3. Activated the plugin on my wordpress page
    4. Used the Embedd Video button
    5. got the code: [vimeo 1573042]

    But nothing happends. Any step I have missed?

  3. Hello, is there away to crop the video thumbnail so that it appears in a widescreen or 16×9 format instead of a square format as it does now? The black bars at the top and bottom of the thumbnails are very unattractive.


  4. Hi

    Trying to add video as advised in Embed Video and Find out the Video ID

    and got [bliptv id_from_blip] but it gives me pink field and:

    Provider: Blip.TV
    Title: Not Found
    Thumbnail URL:
    Embed URL: ?autoStart=true
    Width: 0 px
    Height: 0 px
    Got data @: 30.9.2012 16:48:35

    on my page.

    And advise?

  5. Hi, this plugin is pretty cool.
    Since WP 3.4, WP has added the ability to auto embed video when the user put the link on the post editor.

    Will the plugin be able to automatically add lightbox to the auto embed video?

    If not, it’d great if you can add that feature to this plugin (let say having a setting in settings page the ability for user to enable or disable the video to automatically be in the lightview)

  6. Hi Thorston,

    great plugin, thanks! But I can’t figure out how to get the video to display in a large lightview window as it does in your example. There are settings to change the preview size, but not the actual video size, so mine always displays very small, despite being a full HD video. Can you tell me how you did that? I am embedding from youtube.



  7. Oops, just realised it’s in the options, I thought the two values were for width and height! But I do have another question. Is it possible to specify different values (preview width/video width) for individual videos? Can I add the values into the short-code to override default settings?

    many thanks!


  8. quando clico no botão de embed do plugin me é retornado um erro

    Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 7680 bytes) in /home/jardeld2/public_html/wp-admin/includes/taxonomy.php on line 36

    você sabe o que significa?

  9. hello ‚can you teach me the ppt of wordpress.

    I can not use the „Lightview Plus“.

  10. Hi… can you add an option to this plugin where can i activat the autoplay with some delay to show the next photo 1,2,3,4 seconds? Some users may not see the play buton…
    I’ll make a donation.

    • I was able to change the Lightview script and add some custom code to header.php that matches my Lightview Plus settings.

      But I still don’t understand why the type iframe was not utilizing the Lightview Plus settings. Here’s the href post code it was ignoring:

      class=„lightview“ data-lightview-type=„iframe“

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  12. How to display full-size in a new window, and I hope you will add this link on lightview-plus.I thought some people may need this feature.

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