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SilentBox 2.0 a lightbox vue.js component

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A second version of the lightweight lightbox inspired component for Vue.js with local video support and more features coming. If you're interested, see demo.

Supported formats and services

  • All image formats that can be displayed in browser
  • Local video files with following extensions .mp4, .ogg, .webm, .mov, .flv, .wmv, .mkv
  • YouTube and Vimeo embed videos with autoplay



npm install --save vue-silentbox

Import the plugin into Vue:

import Vue from 'vue'
import VueSilentbox from 'vue-silentbox'

How to use?

Define an array of images in the data object of your Vue instance or component.

const app = new Vue({
    el: '#application',
    data: {
        images: [
                src: 'images/image001.jpg',
                description: 'Sunken dreams II. by Arbebuk',
                src: 'images/image002.jpg',
                description: 'Tunnel View Sunrise by Porbital',

Then in the template you use a silent-box component to display the gallery.

<silent-box :gallery="images"><!-- your additional content --></silent-box>

Or you can show a single image by just renaming the property.

<silent-box :image="images[0]"><!-- your additional content --></silent-box>

Custom activators

In case you don't like the default image previews that SilentBox provides, you can set your own activators - text, button or even a video! SilentBox provides a named slot for this - silentbox-item. The slot provides variable called silentboxItem which provides you access to all properties you set on image object.

In this example only alt text is displayed as an activator.
<silent-box :gallery="images">
    <h2 class="tw-text-3xl tw-font-bold tw-mb-2">Gallery</h2>
    <p class="tw-font-light tw-mb-3">
        Items could be merged into groups that make galleries.
    <template v-slot:silentbox-item="{ silentboxItem }">
        <p>{{ silentboxItem.alt  }}</p>

Image object attributes

You can set the following attributes to the image object to change the behaviour of the SilentBox or display additional information. On the other hand, if you're lazy, only the src attribute is required.

Attribute required type Description
src yes string media source, it could be an image, video or a YouTube / Vimeo embed link
thumbnail no string image used for thumbnail
thumbnailHeight no string height of the thumbnail in px
thumbnailWidth no string width of the thumbnail in px
description no string short description below image (doesn't work below videos yet)
alt no string alt description for images
autoplay no bool to autoplay youtube / Vimeo video
controls no bool works only for youtube videos, setting false will hide video controls


SilentBox also fires several events that can be further used in your Vue.js application.

Event name When is event fired
silentbox-overlay-opened when the overlay is opened
silentbox-overlay-hidden when the overlay is closed (button or ESC key)
silentbox-overlay-next-item-displayed when the user moves to the next picture (arrow or key)
silentbox-overlay-previous-item-displayed when the user moves to the previous picture (arrow or key)

Upgrading from 0.1?

Version 2 brought many breaking changes. There are no more two separate components to display a single image or gallery. So, change all your silentbox-group and silentbox-single components to silent-box. The source of images must be an array of objects or a single object with previously mentioned attributes.


All contributions are welcomed, however give me some time to review your requests. Please, use emoji in your commits, so it is easier to identify what your commits do. There are several emoji guides on the internet. Please stick with mine which is inspired by Atom contributing guidelines, see emoji in commits.


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