jQuery image galleries and slideshows have change the way the websites and blogs look nowadays. The beautiful galleries and slideshows are commonly used for websites like photography sites, portfolios, blogs and even e-commerce sites that regularly showcase multiple photos and images on a single page.

jQuery is a light JavaScript Library that simplifies HTML document traversing, animating, and Ajax interactions for fast and smooth web development. With the jQuery based image gallery and slider displayed on your website, you can provide your audience a more pleasant and intuitive image viewing experience.

Here’s a showcase of 46 cool jQuery image galleries, slideshows and sliders plugins that you can use to display an amazing gallery or slider on your site.

You are welcome to suggest any other options in the comments box below.

(SEE ALSO: 27 Best Free Slideshow and Photo Gallery Plugins for WordPress Blog)

Nivo Slider
Demo | Features | Download
Nivo Slider is an awesome jQuery and WordPress image slider. It provides 16 unique transition effects, clean and valid markup, keyboard navigation and more features.
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SlideDeck
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SlideDeck comes with a ton of unique features designed to bring the content slider up-to-date with the pressing needs of the modern web, and unleash its potential to showcase your content.
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Galleria | Download
Galleria is a JavaScript image gallery framework built on top of the jQuery library. The aim is to simplify the process of creating professional image galleries for the web and mobile devices.
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Slides | Download
Slides is a slideshow plugin for jQuery that is built with simplicity in mind. Packed with a useful set of features to help novice and advanced developers alike create elegant and user-friendly slideshows.
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TN3 Gallery
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TN3 Gallery is a powerful jQuery image gallery and WordPress plugin with slideshow, transitions effects, multiple album options, CSS skinning and much more. It’s compatible with all modern desktop and mobile browsers.
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The Piecemaker 2 | Download
Piecemaker is a free, open source and 3D Flash image rotator gallery. Some of its features include unlimited transition effects, navigation (using tooltips), animated shadows and more.
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Supersized
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Supersized is a fullscreen background slideshow built using the jQuery library.
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Awkward Showcase
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Awkward Showcase is a content slider. But it can do more then just slide the content. For example you can add tooltips, enable thumbnails, activate dynamic height and lots more.
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CU3ER
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CU3ER is the 3D image slider. It’s easy to set up, fully customizable, tailored to provide a unique look and feel, inspiring and fun to use.
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AnythingSlider jQuery Plugin
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AnythingSlider is a jQuery slider plugin that can display any number of slides where navigation tabs are generated automatically.
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jQuery LightBox Plugin | Download
jQuery LightBox plugin is simple, elegant, unobtrusive, no need extra markup and is used to overlay images on the current page through the power and flexibility of jQuery´s selector.
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Apple-Style Slideshow Gallery
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An Apple-like slideshow gallery, similar to the one they use on their website to showcase their products. It will be entirely front-end based, no PHP or databases required.
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jQuery Cycle Plugin | Download
The jQuery Cycle Plugin is a slideshow plugin that supports many different types of transition effects. It supports pause-on-hover, auto-stop, auto-fit, before/after callbacks, click triggers and much more.
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jqFancyTransitions Slideshow | Download
jqFancyTransitions is easy-to-use jQuery plugin for displaying your photos as slideshow with fancy transition effects.
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Smooth Div Scroll
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Smooth Div Scroll is a jQuery plugin that scrolls content horizontally left or right. Apart from many of the other scrolling plugins that have been written for jQuery, Smooth Div Scroll does not limit the scrolling to distinct steps.
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Simple Controls Gallery
Simple Controls Gallery rotates and displays an image by fading it into view over the previous one, with navigation controls that pop up when the mouse rolls over the Gallery.
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Gallerific
Galleriffic is a jQuery plugin that provides a rich, post-back free experience optimized to handle high volumes of photos while conserving bandwidth.
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FancyBox | Download
FancyBox is a tool for displaying images, html content and multi-media in a Mac-style “lightbox” that floats overtop of web page.
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Horinaja | Download
Horinaja is innovative because it allows you to use a mousewheel for navigation. When the mouse is outside of the slide-show area, it scrolls. When hovering over the slide-show, the scrolling pauses.
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jQuery Panel Gallery | Download
With jQuery Panel Gallery, you can choose the direction in which the transition occurs from left to right, right to left, top to bottom, or bottom to top. You can also set the initial delay before the transitions begin and set the transitions to loop or stop after the last image.
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MovingBoxes
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Simple horizontal slider which grows up the current box when it’s in focus (image, title & text) and back down when it’s not in focus.
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Polaroid Photo Viewer
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With Polaroid Photo Viewer, you can drag a polaroid around and you’ll see the shadow. When it’s placed down, it’s rotated to the left or the right (random).
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ShadowBox | Download
ShadowBox is a web-based media viewer application that supports all of the web’s most popular media publishing formats.
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Blinds
Blinds is a jQuery Slideshow that provide smooth animated transition, customizable sprite grid, customizable animation orchestration and more.
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Sliding Image Gallery jQuery Plug-in
The SlidingGallery plug-in will take a group of images and turn them into a cyclical gallery of images which the user can click through.
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ImageFlow | Download
ImageFlow is an unobtrusive and userfriendly JavaScript image gallery.
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ColorBox
A lightweight customizable lightbox plugin for jQuery. It supports photos, grouping, slideshow, ajax, inline, and iframed content.
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Start/Stop Slider
Demo | Download
The slider does feature a stop/start button and the animation goes a little farther than simply sliding to the left.
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Pikachoose | Download
Pikachoose is a lightweight jQuery slideshow plugin, with tons of great features. jCarousel integrates smoothly with PikaChoose to give your gallery simple and effective carousel.
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slideViewerPro
slideViewerPro is a fully customizable jQuery image gallery engine wich allows to create outstanding sliding image galleries for your projects and/or interactive galleries within blog posts.
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jFlow Plugin | Download
jFlow is a light jQuery plugin that allows site owners to create an awesome gallery.
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More jQuery Image Galleries and Slideshow Plugins

Easy Slider
An easy jQuery plugin for sliding images and content.

prettyPhoto
prettyPhoto is a jQuery lightbox clone. Not only does it support images, it also support for videos, Flash, YouTube, iFrames and Ajax. It’s a full blown media lightbox.

SimpleSlide
SimpleSlide is a easy-to-use and highly customizable jQuery slideshow plugin. Its features include ability to show in full screen, use touch devices and self-configuring status bar.

YoxView
YoxView is a free Lightbox-type media and image viewer jQuery plugin. It supports content like images, video, inline content, iframes, Flash and more.

Sliding Gallery
The SlidingGallery plug-in will take a group of images and turn them into a cyclical gallery of images which the user can click through.

jQuery Image Overlay Plugin
The image overlay plugin is a simple jQuery plugin that attempts to present an image with an overlaid title/caption.

imgAreaSelect
imgAreaSelect is a jQuery plugin for selecting a rectangular area of an image. It allows web developers to easily implement image cropping functionality, as well as other user interface features, such as photo notes (like those on Flickr).

CrossSlide
CrossSlide is a jQuery plugin implementing in 2kB of Javascript code some common slide-show animations, traditionally only available via Adobe Flash or other proprietary plugins.

Premium jQuery Image Galleries and Slideshow Plugins

PhotoSquares Gallery
PhotoSquares is widely used WordPress gallery theme. This theme is perfect choice for photographers and designers who want to showcase their work.

Sexy Slider
SexySlider is a JQuery plugin that lets you easily create powerful javascript Sliders with very nice transition effects. Enhance your website by adding a unique and attractive slider.

AviaSlider – jQuery Slideshow
AviaSlider is a very flexible and easy to use Image slideshow plugin for jQuery with a set of really unique transitions that were nver available before, as well as some basic transitions, so the slider will fit into every project.

DDSlider
DDSlider introduces a new easy-to-go slider with 9 different unique transitions (+fading & random—11 total) that support Inline Content. You can also have multiple sliders in the same page.

Advanced Slider
Advanced Slider is a jQuery plugin that allows you to easily create powerful sliders using either XML, thus making the slider much easier to setup and maintain, or using HTML markup.

uBillboard
uBillboard is a Premium Slider for WordPress. It is a jQuery based slider with a multitude of transitions and options for you to be able to customize it to your needs while not overwhelming you with options you never wanted or needed.

jQuery Horizontal Image Scroller w/ Lightbox
This is a jQuery image scroller with lightbox. The scroll bar/indexes and directional buttons allow for easy navigation of your image gallery. Image click can either open the included lightbox or a regular link.