How to Customize your Gallery


You have several options to customize how your gallery looks and behaves, depending on how deep you are willing to go down the rabbit hole:

  1. You can customize the gallery to some extent through the inspector; for example, you can set the gallery layout
  2. You can also add some custom options that will be passed onto the UniteGallery script via the inspector
  3. You can also add some CSS to control how the thumbnails are displayed
  4. You can adjust additional settings in the plugin back-end page, you can even completely override the generated script there.
  5. You can override the component partial

Regarding #2 - Setting Script Options

In each demo, you were also able to read about some possible additional options you can set on your galleries. It is important to understand which underlying JS library is used for each gallery. Currently, all galleries except for Swiper use UniteGallery. Swiper uses...Swiper.

So, for example, if you wish to make sure autoplay resumes even if there is any user interaction, then you can read up on the autoplay options in the Swiper API documentation. You can then set this in OctoberCMS in the component inspector for the Slider component, in the "Additional Swiper Options" parameter: autoplay: {disableOnInteraction=false}

Similarly, if you wish to disable the "full-screen" option on the UniteGallery slider, you can find the relevant option on the UniteGallery Slider docs. You can then set this in the component inspector for the Embedded Gallery component in "Script options" parameter: slider_enable_fullscreen_button: false

Example 1: Set the thumbnail size for all galleries


If you know that you will be using a bunch of galleries throughout your site, and you also know that on most of these galleries, you will want to show thumbnails of a specific dimension, then it's easier to set it in one place instead of in every individual gallery component.


You can set the thumbnail size on the plugin backend settings page: Settings → November Gallery → Thumbnails. If you want more control, go to Settings → Image Resizer Settings

Example 2: Set the thumbnail size for an individual gallery


Because you may not want to use the default thumbnail size set for all galleries.


You can set the thumbnail size for a specific gallery on the component properties page (a.k.a. “Inspector”).

You can also override many other settings (like gallery layout, size, etc.).


Example 3: Set the gallery dimensions for the “combined” gallery


Because you wish to show images on your website in a gallery of a specific size, and you also want to control the size of the thumbnails in the navigator strip.


In the combined gallery, a large image is displayed along with a row of thumbnails. First, set your thumbnail size using the inspector let’s say to 100.

Then check the relevant options available for the combined gallery on the UniteGallery plugin page. 

You can see that the “gallery_width” and “gallery_height” options control the overall size of the gallery. So enter something like the following into the Script options component option: gallery_width:900,gallery_height:700,thumb_fixed_size:false

The thumbnail size you defined using the inspector will control the size of the generated thumbnails, it will also automatically add a “thumb_height” option to the gallery. You can override this if you wish by manually adding a “thumb_height” option under Script options, but this should not be necessary. Additionally, the thumb_fixed_size:false setting enables dynamically sized thumbnails.

Example 4: Set the spacing between tiled images


You wish to control exactly how your embedded "Tiles" gallery looks, including the space between thumbnails.


First, review what options you have for the various tiled galleries on the UniteGallery website.

You can see that for the Tiles - Columns layout, you can control the spacing between the columns with the tiles_space_between_cols: 3 option – so add it to the Script options NovemberGallery component option!

Example 5: Override the component partial

See the live demo for this recipe in action!

The official OctoberCMS docs provide an in-depth explanation on how you can override component partials. Here we will describe why you would want to do so with November Gallery, as well as how. 


If you are well-versed in October, then skip this section and go to "How?"!


These code-generation templates are called "Partials" in October lingo, and they can be found in your filesystem after you install November Gallery under the following directory: plugins/zenware/novembergallery. Alternatively, you can find the source code on GitHub (go to components, then check out any of the subfolders).

You then need to create a file in your OctoberCMS backend, in the "CMS" area, on the "Partials" page, with the same name as the partial. The file must be "placed" in a directory that has the same name as your component alias. 

Let's go through this step-by-step. Let's say we wish to override the template for generating a swiper component. We've already dropped the component onto our page. Although this isn't necessary, for the sake of this tutorial let's change the component alias to "mySwiperGallery":

Remember, swiper needs to be inside of an element that has a width and a height - so we put it inside of a div that covers the whole viewport. Also, make sure to also rename your component in your page:

We then go to "Partials" and create a file called "mySwiperGallery/default.htm" and set copy-paste the original source code for this partial from GitHub.

We are going to completely override the javascript that is used to initialize Swiper. We will implement the "Multiple Slides Per View" demo on the Swiper demo website. The source code for that demo is available here.

You may in fact find that it's easier to take the demo and copy-paste that into our partial, and replace the needed bits only. You will have to:

{% for galleryitem in gallery.items.sortBy('fileName') %}
	<div class="swiper-slide" style="background-image:url({{ galleryitem.url }})"></div>
{% endfor %} 

Our final complete page looks like this:

{% set galleryitems = %}

{% if __SELF__.error %}
	<div class="alert zen-alert">{{ __SELF__.error }}</div>
{% endif %}

{% put styles %}
    html, body {
      position: relative;
      height: 100%;
    body {
      background: #eee;
      font-family: Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;
      font-size: 14px;
      margin: 0;
      padding: 0;
	.swiper-container {
      width: 100%;
      height: 100%;
    .swiper-slide {
      text-align: center;
      font-size: 18px;
      background: #fff;
      /* Center slide text vertically */
      display: -webkit-box;
      display: -ms-flexbox;
      display: -webkit-flex;
      display: flex;
      -webkit-box-pack: center;
      -ms-flex-pack: center;
      -webkit-justify-content: center;
      justify-content: center;
      -webkit-box-align: center;
      -ms-flex-align: center;
      -webkit-align-items: center;
      align-items: center;
{% endput %}

<!-- Swiper -->
<div class="swiper-container">
    <div class="swiper-wrapper">
        {% for galleryitem in galleryitems.sortBy('fileName') %}
		<div class="swiper-slide" style="background-image:url({{ galleryitem.url }})"></div>
	    {% endfor %}	
    <!-- Add Pagination -->
    <div class="swiper-pagination"></div>

<!-- Initialize Swiper -->
{% put scripts %}
var swiper = new Swiper('.swiper-container', {
  slidesPerView: 3,
  spaceBetween: 30,
  pagination: {
    el: '.swiper-pagination',
    clickable: true,
{% endput %}

And voila, you can see that we've gotten the demo up and running using our gallery of images! You can see the demo in action at

Default Partials Source Code

You can find the source code for the partials used by the various November Gallery components below:

Example 6: Add a "Download" Button to the Lightbox


One of our users asked: 

Endi Hariadi @EndiHariadi43 Sep 28 06:40
I want to add a download button to each image. How to do it? I have tried and failed.


Endi is using the Embedded Gallery component, so that is what we will focus on. There are various ways to approach this problem.

  1. You could dive into the source code of the underlying component, UniteGallery and customize it to your needs. However, this would require quite an effort.
  2. Or, you could attempt to use the UniteGallery API. However, in our experience, the API is not very mature and in this case not usable (the "item_change" event could work, but unfortunately it isn't triggered when the first image is clicked on and the lightbox first shown, only when the user changes slides). 
  3. You could create your own UniteGallery skin- but again, this would require several hours of research and programming. 
  4. Or you cold just run with a quick-and-dirty jQuery hack

We'll go with #4 :-)

If you inspect the html behind a lightbox in your browser, you can see that the structure is as follows:

The img block is replaced dynamically, and the three ug-slider-wrapper components are manipulated so that it looks like images slide into and out of the user's viewport. We are going to insert a link button inside each element, which will dynamically tell the browser to download the image that is currently being shown. We will make use of the new HTML5 "download" attribute. For some background, read this great tutorial. The generated link will then use javascript to dynamically find the element that is before it, and the img element inside of the element. So, our link button will look like this:

<a href="" 
   style="position: absolute; width: 100px; left: calc(50% - 50px); bottom: 12px; display: block; background-color: transparent; border: 3px solid white; border-radius: 5px; color: white; font-weight: bold; text-align: center; font-size: 14px; z-index: 100;" 
   onclick="this.href = this.parentElement.children[0].children[0].src;" 

And it will be inserted into our page as follows:

Get to the point!

So in the end this is all you need to add into your OctoberCMS page to add a download button to each image:

<div class="panel-body">
	{% component 'embeddedGallery' %}
	{% put scripts %}
	<script type="text/javascript">
			$(".ug-slide-wrapper").append('<a href="#" style="position: absolute; width: 100px; left: calc(50% - 50px); bottom: 12px; display: block; background-color: transparent; border: 3px solid white; border-radius: 5px; color: white; font-weight: bold; text-align: center; font-size: 14px; z-index: 100;" onclick="this.href = this.parentElement.children[0].children[0].src;" download>DOWNLOAD</a>');
	{% endput %}

and this is how it looks: