As I’ve been showing ways to use jQuery and JavaScript instead of the Ajax Control Toolkit, or just integrate client side code with ASP.NET I’ve reviewed a collection of requests for Modal Dialog samples.

While I’m working on one I thought I’d post a list of existing options that I’ve found.

Note that I have intentionally omitted ones that seemed to be image focused and only included the ones that had a broader custom application value.

Feel free to post others that you think merit consideration in the comments section !

Nyro Modal

The demo is not as pretty as some of the others but don’t let that fool you. This one is feature rich for developers.

jQuery Tools Overlay

Overlay is just one of the features in the jQuery Tools “Suite”. It’s really a whole UI package for jQuery.


Described as minimalist but feature rich and easy to style with support for many features including events, callbacks and nested dialogs.


Facebook style dialog. Quick and easy.


Especially Slick and Feature Rich !


Part of the Pretty Series. Built for Photos but can handle pretty much any type of content. Nice looking.

Fancy Box

Many interesting features including callback and iFrame support.

jQuery Lightbox

Good for far more than just images and media. Elegant and fully functional.


Facebox is a jQuery-based, Facebook-style lightbox which can display images, divs, or entire remote pages.

It’s simple to use and easy on the eyes.

jQueryUI Dialog

Simple and plain but part of the increasingly ubiquitous jQueryUI and therefore well supported.


Lightweight & Standalone. Modal windows are very flexible with the options like toggle animation, auto-hide, opacity level, custom positions and more.


jQuery based with elegant UI & animations. Can handle virtually any type of content.


jQuery based and capeable of both media and embeded markup.


Attractive stand-a-lone dialog box that can host many type of contents including Text, Image, Flash, Quicktime, Windows Media formats, HTML, inner content, etc.


Uses the Prototype JavaScript Framework and Easy to use, feature rich and generates XHTML/CSS, uses AJAX to load content.


Simple Modal

Very jQuery !