Extending Galleria

Once you fiddled around with the Galleria options and styles, you might come to a point when you want to do some more advanced customizations. Galleria makes this possible with a bunch of public methods and events that makes customization easy.

There are several ways you can access the methods:

  • use the Galleria.ready function

  • fetch the Galleria instance

  • use the extend option

  • create and/or modify an existing theme

Using Galleria.ready

The easiest way to add global customizations to all your galleries on the page is to use the Galleria.ready function. The way it works is that you bind methods to Galleria and when each gallery is ready, it runs those methods in the same order they where added.

Example on how to print out the current image index:

// bind the method to Galleria.ready
Galleria.ready(function(options) {

    // this = the gallery instance
    // options = the gallery options

    this.bind('image', function(e) {
        Galleria.log(e.index) // the image index

// now call galleria on all containers with the className 'galleria'
// the method above will be called on all galleries when initialized

Fetching the Galleria instance

Another option for extending galleria is to fetch the instance from anywhere on your page. Note that in order for this method to function properly, the gallery must be initialized completely. So this mostly makes sense in a click event or some other trigger that runs later in the timeline.

Use Galleria.ready if you are uncertain whether the gallery is initialized or not.

The simplest way is to use the jQuery.data() method on the jQuery object since Galleria saves it’s instance inside it:

Galleria.run('.galleria'); // initialize the galleria

// do something when someone clicks an element with the ID 'mylink'
$('#play').click(function() {

    $('.galleria').data('galleria').play(); // will start slideshow attached to #image when the element #play is clicked


You can also use the static Galleria.get( [index] ) function. If you only have one galleria gallery, Galleria.get(0) will return the first (and only) gallery. If you call .get without specifying an index, it will return an array with all galleries initiated.


Galleria.run('.galleria'); // initialize the galleria

// do something when someone clicks an element with the ID 'mylink'
$('#play').click(function() {

    var gallery = Galleria.get(0); // gallery is now the first galleria instance
    gallery.play(); // will start slideshow when the element #play is clicked


Using the extend option

Yet another way of accessing the instance, the extend option is a function that gets called when the galleria is loaded, after the theme init. Use this option to extend an existing theme with custom functionality. Example:

Galleria.run('.galleria', {

    extend: function(options) {

        Galleria.log(this) // the gallery instance
        Galleria.log(options) // the gallery options

        // listen to when an image is shown
        this.bind('image', function(e) {

            Galleria.log(e) // the event object may contain custom objects, in this case the main image
            Galleria.log(e.imageTarget) // the current image

            // lets make galleria open a lightbox when clicking the main image:
            $(e.imageTarget).click(this.proxy(function() {

The this keyword

In the Galleria.ready callback, the extend option and theme init, the this keyword represents the Galleria instance per default. In jQuery, the this keyword often represents a HTML element and this might be confusing at first when mixing them together. You can always assign the this keyword to a local variable like so:

var gallery = this;

and then use gallery as the Galleria instance if you feel confused. In the examples, we always use the this keyword.