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Story Show Gallery - JS & React - minimalist, vertical photo gallery, mobile friendly

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Story Show Gallery is a vertical photo gallery lightbox optimised for smart­phones (including notch area). It combines photos and captions nicely, it has full screen mode, EXIF support, no ugly arrows. SSG supports your brand and marketing.

View demo gallery and documentation at Story Show Gallery homepage
SSG is also in the form of a Wordpress plugin

Story Show Gallery - fullscreen

The gallery can be set color theme, borders, rounding, watermark (image or text). SSG also offers social sharing and EXIF display.

image with simple framing


Story Show Gallery is vertical - optimized for use on smart­phones. It has 4 visual themes:

Story Show Gallery visual themes

Story Show Gallery versus usual gallery lightbox. Do you want more icons or more from a photo?

Story Show Gallery is mobile friendly

↑ SSG use whole smartphone display - even notch area and even on iPhone.


Part of Story Show Gallery is Grid overflow - a pure CSS solution for masonry layout and grid layout, where grid items can be given vertigo, panorama or VIP class to overflow into the next cell.

Story Show Gallery is mobile friendly


Story Show Gallery has very easy setup, it binds onto image hyper­links on the page auto­mati­cally. You can control this proccess by CSS classes. Define sepa­rate galleries, activate full screen mode, selectively deactivate SSG, etc. Story Show Gallery can also work as a React Component.

Not another photo gallery

  • On smartphones, full screen mode can work like on You­Tube - after rotating a phone into landscape mode.
  • Also is possible to start the gallery in full screen portrait or forced landscape mode.
  • Brand building (image or text), hardly overlooked social sharing icon
  • Easy browsing without clicking and thinking
  • Image frame effects and settings
  • EXIF info inside captions
  • Deeplinking
  • Four visual themes
  • Goo­gle Analytics support
  • HTML signpost to other galleries
  • No e×it mode for galleries based on bare HTML
  • SSG is probably the only gallery which can place each caption individually according to image size vs. screen size:

SSG is fully responsive image gallery


Add ssg.min.css and jQuery in the <head> of the document. Add ssg.min.js before end of </body>. You can link files directly from CDN:

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="">
    <script src=""> </script>
<script src=""></script>
<!--  add also Exifr library if you want to display EXIF info -->
<script src=""> </script>

SSG binds onto image hyper­links on the page auto­mati­cally, BigImage1-4 will be in the gallery. You can control this proccess by CSS classes.

<div class='ssg fs'>
    <a href='BigImage1.jpg'> <img alt='This text will appear under picture as a caption' src='thumbnail.jpg'> </a>
    <a href='BigImage2.jpg' data-author='photo by Misty'> Also image caption </a>
    <a href='BigImage3.jpg data-caption='this caption has priority over link text or alt'> some text </a>
    <a href='BigImage4.jpg'></a> <!-- an empty link, no caption -->

    <a href='BigImage5.jpg' class='nossg'> don't include me into SSG </a>

The ssg class creates a separate gallery, the fs class will activate full screen mode. The BigImage4.jpg will open normally within a browser because of the nossg class. There are more control classes.

You can also run the gallery by calling method and passing an JS array of images into SSG.

Grid Overflow - CSS layout for thumbnails

To use it just link GridOverflow3D.min.css from CDN:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="" />

Short implementation tutorial is available at

React Component (Next.js)

Story Show Gallery for React works the same way as it is described above. Just put in your React app StoryShowGallery component and every image hyperlink on the entire page will be asigned an onclick function, which opens image into the gallery. Image hyperlinks can be controled by CSS classes, as it is described above.

Or you can use method with array of images.

How to install and use StoryShowGallery React component:

// install npm package:
npm i story-show-gallery

// import into React app:
import StoryShowGallery, { SSG } from "story-show-gallery/src/modules/react";

// if you want EXIF support use:
import StoryShowGallery, { SSG } from "story-show-gallery/src/modules/react-exifr";

// and also import CSS file:
import "story-show-gallery/src/ssg.css";
// if you use Next.js, you have to import it into _app.tsx as global CSS

// use StoryShowGallery component and configure the gallery:
<StoryShowGallery config={{ theme: 'light', watermarkText: 'xxx' }} />

You can import story-show-gallery into root component (app.js or _app.js in case of Next.js) so the all aplication can use it. Or import it just into some component/page with a gallery. There is sample implementation (SsgReactExample.js) in the example directory.


Default SSG configuration and language localization are at the begining of ssg.js file. You can edit source ssg.js file and then minify it. Or copy selected settings into your document to override default configuration. See all possible settings. Place the selected settings after ssg.min.js:

<script type="text/javascript" src="ssg.min.js"></script>
  SSG.cfg.theme: 'light';  // visual theme
  SSG.cfg.fileToLoad = 'signpost.html'; // HTML file to load behind the gallery
  SSG.cfg.watermarkText = '〽️ Misty';  // watermark text overlaying a photo
  SSG.cfg.watermarkFontSize = 18;
  SSG.cfg.captionExif = 'trim'; // show EXIF with reduced lens info

Complete HTML5 example of SSG implementation and configuration:

HTML5 example of SSG implementation

Part of the configuration are also SSG events, you can use them to run your functions on the gallery start, on an image change, etc.


If you modify source files (src folder), you will probably want to minify the result. Use existing npm script:

npm install   // it will install uglify-JS and uglify-CSS which are needed for minifying
npm run-script dist  // it will minify the source files and put them into the dist directory.


You can use Story Show Gallery freely within open source GNU GPL-3.0 license.

There is one exception from the license: Distributing Story Show Gallery within a Wordpress plugin or theme is only allowed for the author of Story Show Gallery.

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