Anime And Cartoon Photo Gallery From Image Directory In PHP | CampCodes

Anime and Cartoon Photo Gallery from image directory in PHP

May 17, 2023
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Anime and Cartoon Photo Gallery from image directory in PHP 

When you wish to make a photo gallery out of a sizable number of image files in a directory, this technique is advised.

1. Download and Include

The gallery was created using the simplelightbox jQuery library, which can be downloaded here.

Include simplelightbox.min.css and simple-lightbox.jquery.min.js.


<link href='simplelightbox-master/dist/simplelightbox.min.css' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>
<script src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="simplelightbox-master/dist/simple-lightbox.jquery.min.js"></script>

2. HTML and PHP

The files are sourced from the images directory which also has a sub-directory thumbnail.

Specified valid image extensions in the $image_extensions Array variable and target directory in $dir.

Read every file in the directory, then establish the paths for the thumbnails and images.

Use the path in the image source if the file is a genuine image and not a directory.

For this tutorial, we use $count variable to show 4 images in a row.

Completed Code

<div class='container'>
 <div class="gallery">
  // Image extensions
  $image_extensions = array("png","jpg","jpeg","gif");

  // Target directory
  $dir = 'images/';
  if (is_dir($dir)){
   if ($dh = opendir($dir)){
    $count = 1;

    // Read files
    while (($file = readdir($dh)) !== false){

     if($file != '' && $file != '.' && $file != '..'){
      // Thumbnail image path
      $thumbnail_path = "images/thumbnail/".$file;

      // Image path
      $image_path = "images/".$file;
      $thumbnail_ext = pathinfo($thumbnail_path, PATHINFO_EXTENSION);
      $image_ext = pathinfo($image_path, PATHINFO_EXTENSION);

      // Check its not folder and it is image file
      if(!is_dir($image_path) && 
         in_array($thumbnail_ext,$image_extensions) && 

       <!-- Image -->
       <a href="<?php echo $image_path; ?>">
        <img src="<?php echo $thumbnail_path; ?>" alt="" title=""/>
       <!-- --- -->

       // Break
       if( $count%4 == 0){
         <div class="clear"></div>

3. CSS

.container .gallery a img {
  float: left;
  width: 20%;
  height: auto;
  border: 2px solid #fff;
  -webkit-transition: -webkit-transform .15s ease;
  -moz-transition: -moz-transform .15s ease;
  -o-transition: -o-transform .15s ease;
  -ms-transition: -ms-transform .15s ease;
  transition: transform .15s ease;
  position: relative;

.container .gallery a:hover img {
  -webkit-transform: scale(1.05);
  -moz-transform: scale(1.05);
  -o-transform: scale(1.05);
  -ms-transform: scale(1.05);
  transform: scale(1.05);
  z-index: 5;

.clear {
  clear: both;
  float: none;
  width: 100%;

4. jQuery

Initialize simpleLightbox by calling simpleLightbox() method on <a> of gallery class.

<!-- Script -->
<script type='text/javascript'>

   // Intialize gallery
   var gallery = $('.gallery a').simpleLightbox();


5. Final Notes

Only the target folder where the photos are stored needs to be specified; if any other files are located there instead of the image, the PHP script bypasses them.

You can change the layout and use any other jQuery library for the photo gallery.

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