Mini gallery/slideshow with PHP and JQuery

Sometimes I’ve had to quickly put in a page a simple slideshow, the first times I’ve searched a lot around…

December 13, 2009

Sometimes I’ve had to quickly put in a page a simple slideshow, the first times I’ve searched a lot around for a small gallery, but finally I’ve decided that the best way is to do it by myself. This because every complex and very nice gallery that I’ve found need to be studied to make them work as you want, and sometimes they have complex css to integrate or php code to put in the correct directory… I think that many times we all just need a simple php that read a dir, and pass images array to a stupid slideshow.

If you already have JQuery in your pages this gallery is really fast, it works with this small PHP function that find images:

    this php function read all the jpg/gif/png files in the specifed
    directory and return a string with the names
function getJsArray($dir) {
	$out = "";
	if ($dh = opendir($dir)) {
		while (($file = readdir($dh)) !== false)
			if(in_array( substr(strrchr($file, '.'), 1) , array('gif','png','jpg') ))
				$out.= ($out?",":"")."'".$dir.$file."'";
	} else { die ("no dir"); }
	return $out;

And uses this tiny javascript (the first lines are for configuration, they also call the php function on the server to read images files):

var gallery_current_pos = 0;			// gallery counter position
var gallery_idname = "container";		// id of the gallery container
var gallery_timer = 5000;			// 5 seconds
var gallery_ar = Array(<?=getJsArray("./minislides/")?>);

function goGallery() {
	if (gallery_current_pos>gallery_ar.length - 1) gallery_current_pos =0;
	$('#'+gallery_idname).fadeTo("fast", 0 , function () {
		$('#'+gallery_idname).css("background-image","url(" + gallery_ar[gallery_current_pos] + ")");	
		$('#'+gallery_idname).fadeTo("slow", 1);
	if (gallery_ar.length>1) setTimeout(	function () { goGallery(); }, gallery_timer);

The “container” which will show the images is simply a “div” with some defined dimensions declared with css, and the javascript will change its background to show images.

When the page is loaded simply call the function to start gallery.

Watch demo. Watch source.


I'm a software engineer, an everyday web developer and a maker. I usually build sites with PHP, within or without WordPress. I build Internet of Things with Arduino and ESP8266. I'm the founder of and and I'm actually the Chief Technical Officer of Better Days web agency.

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