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Name: Random Image Extended - Version: 3.4.0-FREE / / - Type: Module - License: GPLv3
Description: This module displays random images from a chosen directory. - Joomla! Extensions Directory

Overview of all downloads of the extension: RIE - Random Image Extended Downloads

Shows random images on a module position and opens them in a JavaScript view (lightbox)

Function: Loading random images and display in a lightbox
Languages: English / German
Lightbox variants: GLightbox, Venobox and Shadowbox

This module displays random images from a chosen directory. The random images can be displayed in a so-called Lightbox view (GLightbox, Venobox, Venobox2 and Shadowbox). Other images from the specified folder can be displayed in this view as a gallery.

Highlights of the module are the storage of thumbnails, reading from all subfolders of the specified directory, the lightbox view of the images, the image rotator slideshow and reading image information from a text file.


  • Specify types of images - several types of images (e.g. jpg, png, gif) are possible.
  • Preview images can be generated and stored. They will be loaded next time faster and have a better quality.
  • All subdirectories of the specified folder can be read in - so you can display the images from other folders as well.
  • Image information from a text file
  • Individual link each image
  • The size of the thumbnails can be set in dependence of aspect ratios.
  • A caption and the image name can be displayed under the images.
  • The displayed image can be supplied with a link.
  • For the JS and gallery view are available: Shadowbox, Slimbox and Milkbox. At a JavaScript conflict you may select an alternative.
  • The remaining images in the specified folder (with subfolders if necessary) can be displayed as a gallery in the JS view. These images can also be sorted randomly.
  • Image Rotator - show a simple slideshow


Install the module in the backend with the help of the installer and configure it in Extensions - Module Manager - RIE - Random Image Extended

Publish it after the configuration on a wished module position!

How to use the information text file?

Use a text file to set the properties of the images. The file has to be named 'info.txt' and placed directly in the image folder. You can enter the name (=description) and an individual link for each image. The properties have to be separated with a pipe symbol |. The first parameter is the complete name with the extension of the corrsponding image, the second parameter is the description and the third the link. The link is optional, the name and the description have to be entered. Enter only one image each line!


image1.jpg|This is a great image|http://www.google.com
image2.png|Wow, how amazing!|http://joomla-extensions.kubik-rubik.de
image3.jpg|Last summer - really hot


+ = Added - ! = Removed - ^ = Changed - # = Fixed

Joomla! 4.x

Version - 2023-03-19

  • + Added support for the WebP format. Thumbnails are created correctly for this image format. Thanks to Deltapapa (Dirk) for requesting it!
  • + Multiple instances for the image rotator script on the same page. Thanks to Achim J. for requesting it!

Version - 2023-03-03

  • # Fixed image output if JS view and image rotator are disabled.
  • # Fixed random image ordering for image rotator. Thanks to Achim J. for reporting it!

Version - 2023-03-02

  • + Improved Image Rotator option. Custom links are loaded from the info.txt file and applied to the corresponding images. Thanks to Achim J. for requesting it!

Version - 2023-02-25

Version - 2022-09-20

  • + Added Pro Security Token validation check. The Pro package contains a token file with an individual security token linked to the user account and checked against the validation server for authenticity.
  • + Updated Venbox to version 1.9.4
  • ^ Multiple internal code optimisations.

Version - 2022-04-19

  • + Updated GLightbox to version 3.2.0
  • # Made sure that a string type variable is passed to htmlspecialchars() even if parameters are not set

Version - 2022-01-08

  • + Added Exclude subfolders option - With this option, you may exclude certain subfolders from being processed. Thanks to Marco for requesting this feature!

Version - 2021-11-14

  • + Added the built-in Download Key Manager support to enter your Pro Update ID without installing the update helper plugin.
    Important: Please copy your personal Pro Update ID using the second copy button in the Pro ID Manager and enter the key in System - Update - Update Sites - Select the entry of the Pro extension and enter the ID into the Download Key field.
  • ^ Code optimisations

Version - 2021-09-18

  • + First Pro release for Joomla! 4.x based on RIE Pro version
  • + Added GLightbox library - A pure Javascript lightbox (https://biati-digital.github.io/glightbox/).

Joomla! 3.x

Version - 2022-01-08

  • + Added Exclude subfolders option - With this option, you may exclude certain subfolders from being processed. Thanks to Marco for requesting this feature!

Version - 2021-06-09

  • ^ Maintenance release
  • ^ Changed the version number specification. The first number stands for the supported major Joomla! version. The following three numbers follow the Semantic Versioning Specification (SemVer), as it used to be previously.
  • ^ Updated custom field
  • ^ Code optimisations

Version 3.4.1-PRO - 2021-01-15

Version 3.4.0-FREE - 2020-09-01

Version 3.3.1 - 2019-08-04

  • + Added Custom Field - Pro Button
  • ^ Updated Custom Fields
  • ^ Updated Project Page URL

Version 3.4.0-PRO - 2019-02-16

  • + First Pro release based on RIE version 3.3.0

Version 3.3.0 - 2018-05-27

  • + Number Of Images - Show more than one image directly
  • ^ Use imagedestroy only if image is a resource
  • ^ Code Optimizations
  • ^ Updated KR Custom Fields

Version 3.2.1 - 2016-04-15

  • ^ Updated Language Files
  • # PHP 7 compatibility - Uses StringHelper instead of String - Thanks for reporting to Mehmet T.

Version 3.2.0 - 2015-08-26

  • + jQuery Image Rotator - Removed Mootools script and Included new jQuery script for the slideshow feature - Inspired by http://jonraasch.com/blog/a-simple-jquery-slideshow
  • + Venobox - Added a new, responsive jQuery modal window plugin - Project page: http://lab.veno.it/venobox/
  • ^ Default JS view set to Venobox
  • ^ Removed deprecated usage of JString and JRegistry

Version 3.1.0 - 2015-08-01

  • + Donation Code Validation Process - Improved the validation process with a new server (HTTPS request) plus an independent, separated fallback server (HTTP request).
  • + New Download Server - Download packages are located independently of the project website on a new download server.
  • https://downloads.kubik-rubik.de/
  • ^ Semantic versioning - Switched to semantic versioning, see http://semver.org/ for more details. Please update manually since the core update server functionality will not recognize the new version!
  • Version 3-4 - 2015-02-27

    • + Update Server - Added the Joomla! core functionality for the update checks
    • ^ Updated Donation Code field - Uses the HTTP API for the requests and calls the check script via HTTPS
    • ^ Links in the language files - Updated outdated links to the JED (Joomla! Extensions Directory)
    • ! Removed Version Check field

    Version 3-3 - 2014-06-04

    • # Fixed closing anchor tag when using info text file
    • ^ Small code optimization

    Version 3-2 - 2014-05-04

    • + Image information from text file - an individual description and link can be set for each image
    • + Improved automatic name creation from file name
    • ^ Code optimization
    • ^ Updated custom fields + translations

    Version 3-1 - 21-Jan-2013

    + First release for Joomla! 3.x
    ^ Optimized Donation Code System

    Joomla! 2.5

    Version 2.5-4 - 2013-08-04

    • + Image information from text file - an individual description and link can be set for each image
    • + Added GPL3 text file to the installation package
    • ^ Updated fields

    Version 2.5-3 - 01-Sep-2012

    + Image Rotator Implemented a simple slideshow which changes the images dynamically with a nice fade-in / fade-out effect after a set duration (in seconds).
    + Implemented Versioncheck - Stay uptodate with the great new feature! The latest version can be checked once per session or on every load of the settings page.
    ^ Optimized Donation Code System - The entered donation code is checked only once per session.

    Version 2.5-2 - 07-Jun-2012

    + Implemented donation model

    Version 2.5-1 - 29-Jan-2012

    + First release for Joomla! 2.5

    Joomla! 1.7

    Version 1.7-2 - 03.12.2011

    + 1. Bild nicht zufällig - restlichen Bilder in der Galerie zufällig
    + Italienische Sprachdatei - Danke geht an isapp.it
    # kleiner Bug beim Laden der restlichen Bilder in einer lokalen Serverumgebung

    Version 1.7-1 - 19.10.2011

    - 1. Release des Moduls für Joomla! 1.7
    - Hierbei handelt es sich um eine Weiterentwicklung des Moduls Random Image Modifiziert. Der Code wurde überarbeitet und optimiert. Dieses Modul wird auch für weitere Joomla! Versionsstränge weiterentwickelt.


    Overview of all downloads of the extension: RIE - Random Image Extended Downloads