Thickbox doesnt work with the new versions of jquery. The max version I found that it works it was 1.2.6.

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I am using jQuery 1.3.2 and I was wondering if anyone knew of a modelbox/lightbox that would work with that. I’ve found a bunch of jQuery powered lightboxes, but most of them use way older versions of jQuery.

I am going to use it to display an html form so it need it to support more than just images.


I ended up going with colorbox because it’s really pretty good. The only downside I can see is that if doesn’t recenter after you re-size the browser window, but I can live without that.


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ColorBox is one that I found recently and seems similar in capability to Thickbox. Their main page indicates it was built against jQuery 1.3.

The particular features that were important to me were:

  • Appearance is completely controlled through CSS so users can restyle the box.
  • Degrades gracefully, all content displayed can be accessed without JavaScript.
  • Generates W3C valid XHTML and CSS, JSLint free with no added global variables.

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I don’t think there’s anything specifically for 1.3.2 as it is pretty recent.

Even though Thickbox is ancient, it still works well and lets you show anything you want in the modal.

Also check out jqModal for a little newer plugin with some features Thickbox lacks like callbacks.

I’ve used both of these with >1.3 jQuery versions with no problems and they are very good.


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We’ve used both SimpleModal and FancyBox and had good results.


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Just tried SimpleModal, does not work with jQuery 1.3.2. As soon as I switch back to 1.2.6, everything back to normal. Any suggestions? Thanks


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Slimbox 2:

Works perfectly for me with jQuery 1.3.2, and is as simple as original LightBox.