Free PHP Image Gallery Top 10 Scripts from Hot Scripts

PHP Image Gallery is one of the most searched-for scripts on Hot Scripts. In this post, we take a look at the top 10 free PHP Image Galleries scripts in our script directory based on total number of views and positive ratings.


Gallery (also known as Menalto Gallery) is one of the leading PHP image gallery solutions. It provides a slick and intuitive interface to manage your photos on your own website. Some of its photo management features include automatic thumbnail creation, image resizing, rotation, ordering, caption and searching. With its permission-based system, you can set privileges for different user levels making it an ideal choice for communities.

Editor’s note: Gallery has matured so much in terms of flexibility and performance with its version 2 release. I’ve used it on a few personal websites with thousands of photos and it scaled very well where other image galleries usually bring the site to a crawl. The only inconvenience I had was lack of decent Gallery themes and customizing the look and feel can be tricky at times.Read user written reviews on Gallery or write your own review.


4images is a powerful web-based image gallery management system. Features include comment system, user registration and management, password protected administration area with browser-based upload and HTML templates for page layout and design.

Editor’s note: The best thing I like about 4images is template engine, which is very closed to Smarty template making skinning extremely quick and easy. The only downside is the way modules are supported. Each time you’d like to get a mod installed, you have to manually edit several files which gets very messy if you have multiple mods installed or when its time to upgrade.Read user written reviews on 4images or write your own review.


Plogger is an open source gallery system that is simple to integrate with your site, lightweight, and packed with useful features. It supports automatic thumbnail generation, custom built themes, cruft free URLs, RSS support, powerful password protected admin area, picture comments, mass downloading and integrated JavaScript slideshow are just a few of the features you’ll find in this script.

Editor’s note: I recommend Plogger to anyone for a simple yet powerful image gallery solution. Through its support of PHP Include, you can integrate Plogger into your site with just three line of PHP code. To skin the script, all you need is some basic CSS skills. Read user written reviews on Plogger or write your own review.


Coppermine is an easily set-up, fast, feature-rich photo gallery script with MySQL database. CPG supports template & user management, private galleries, automatic thumbnail creation, filmstrip, e-card feature for easy customization to match the rest of a site.


TinyWebGallery is a free php photo album / gallery that is very easy to install, extremely user friendly, does not need a database (uses xml files) but still has all the features you should expect and much more.


Piwigo is a photo gallery software for the web, built by an active community of users and developers. Extensions make PhpWebGallery easily customizable. Features include FTP/web/remote application uploaders, user/group management, categories, tags, etc.


Slooze is a web-based photo album for the display of photos and other pictures on web sites in an organised, catalogued, searchable manner. Slooze is simple to set up and use, yet well-structured and extensible enough to support large, complex image archives….


SnipeGallery is a searchable PHP/mySQL photo gallery manager. It is easy to install and features dynamic thumbnail for most popular image formats. Some of its other features include IPTC metadata import, bulk image import via .zip files or from your local storage.

Imager / Tomato Gallery

Imager, now known as Tomato Gallery is a clone of the Apple’s Mobile Me Gallery. It uses a lot of JavaScript to render your images in a sleek and user-friendly layout.

Qdig (Quick Digital Image Gallery)

Qdig is an easy-to-use PHP script that dynamically presents your digital image files as an online gallery or set of galleries. Qdig supports image captions and display of EXIF image metadata. The script can generate thumbnails and smaller versions of large images such as digital camera photos.

You can find more PHP image gallery scripts in our directory. If there are other image gallery scripts that you think should have made this list, feel free to leave a comment. We also welcome suggestions for future Top 10 scripts lists you’d like us to cover.

One Comment

  1. Hi ! Great list ! Thanks for sharing. On Hot Scripts, there are also 'Zphotos Express'. It is a good-looking PHP script who works without data base. Best regards. Thomas.