Last updated 30 December 2008. Created on 30 December 2008.
Edited by stella. Log in to edit this page.

Taken from #324365: Open Lightbox2 from Flash movie - credit goes to nathan573.

To open a lightbox from a Flash movie you basically have to hit a javascript function that clicks an invisible lightbox link.

First, put this on your page somewhere:

<script type="text/javascript">
function openLightbox() {

function fireEvent(obj,evt){
var fireOnThis = obj;
if( document.createEvent ) {
var evObj = document.createEvent('MouseEvents');
evObj.initEvent( evt, true, false );
} else if( document.createEventObject ) {

Then create your HREF link to lightbox, like you normally would, although make it empty:

<a href="/path/to/pic/or/page" rel="lightframe[overlayWindowName|width:920px; height:540px; scrolling: no;]" id="idOfYourLink"></a>

Then call the following from your Flash button:

  getURL("javascript:openLightbox();", "_self");

Put the empty link somewhere it won't get in the way - keep it close to the SCRIPT for ease-of-maintenance.

Advantages are that you don't have to code the link destination into the Flash movie, it's just a generic trigger.

Disadvantages are that this is a bit kludgy and you have have add new js, html and Flash code for each different flash button/lightbox. I'd be curious to know if there is a better way of doing this, but this is what I came up with after a couple hours of Googling.

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raff77’s picture

If your using lightbox 2 your using jQuery, why not use it. You can also write dynamic links from your flash:

// ACTIONSCRIPT"createLightbox", "124", "lightboxCollection");"clickLink", "124);


Create a link:

function createLightBox(nid, boxName)
$("#myDivId").append(' ');

Click a link

function clickLink(nid)

IMPORTANT You need to remember to re-init the lightbox on dynamicly created links.



mayur.pimple’s picture

Flash code

on (release) {
	getURL("javascript:launchwin('/sites/default/files/videos/1.FLV' , 'newwindow' , 'height=150,width=300')");

Javascript :

function launchwin(winurl,winname,winfeatures)


<a id="selector" title="" rel="lightvideo[width:480px; height:120px;]" > </a>


Mayur Pimple.
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Pune, India.

macmaci’s picture

Where do I locate the file lightBoxInit.js? I don't see it in either module.Thanks, maci