Update Slides

lightGallery supports, adding, editing, deleting slides even if the gallery is opened. You just need to modify the current gallery items and pass it via updateSlides method.

Let’s see how we can add and delete slides dynamically.

In this demo, we’ll be using some of the lightGallery jQuery like utilities for dom manipulations such as append, find or on. Docs

HTML Structure
<div id="gallery-update-slides-demo">
    <a href="img/img1.jpg">
        <img src="img/thumb1.jpg" />
    <a href="img/img2.jpg">
        <img src="img/thumb2.jpg" />

First, we need to add delete and add buttons into the gallery toolbar.

const $lgDemoUpdateSlides = document.getElementById(

// make use on lightGallery init event to add custom buttons into the toolbar
$lgDemoUpdateSlides.addEventListener('lgInit', (event) => {
    let updateSlideInstance = event.detail.instance;
    const addBtn =
        '<button type="button" aria-label="Add slide" class="lg-icon" id="lg-add"><svg>...</svg></button>';
    const deleteBtn =
        '<button type="button" aria-label="Remove slide" class="lg-icon" id="lg-delete"> <svg>...</svg></button>';


// Initialize lightGallery
updateSlideInstance = lightGallery($lgDemoUpdateSlides, {
    addClass: 'lg-update-slide-demo',

Delete the first slide on clicking on the delete button

Note :

  • Do not mutate existing lightGallery items directly.
  • Always pass new list of gallery items
  • You need to take care of thumbnails outside the gallery if any You can use refresh() method to update lightGallery after updating thumbnails - Docs - Demo
updateSlideInstance.outer.find('#lg-delete').on('click', () => {
    let galleryItems = JSON.parse(

    // Delete first item

    // Pass the modified gallery items via updateSlides method
    // the second parameter is the index of the slide
    // to determine which slide lightGallery should navigate to after deleting current items
    updateSlideInstance.updateSlides(galleryItems, 1);

    let slidesUpdated = false;

Add a new slide on clicking on the add button

updateSlideInstance.outer.find('#lg-add').on('click', () => {
    let galleryItems = [
                src: 'img/img.1jpg',
                thumb: 'img/thumb.1jpg',

    // instead of first slide, this time lets persist the current index
    updateSlideInstance.updateSlides(galleryItems, updateSlideInstance.index);
SCSS (Optional)
.lg-update-slide-demo {
    .lg-toolbar {
        .lg-icon {
            display: flex;
            align-items: center;
            justify-content: center;
        svg {
            fill: #999;
            width: 22px;
            height: 22px;


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