Andres Andres - 1 year ago 112
HTML Question

call Fancybox in parent from iframe

I have 2 pages, my index.html and social.html. I cleaned out my index and left only the jquery code need for fancybox What I am trying to do is to have images inside social.html and when clicked on it, it would open fancybox and show it but in index.html not inside the iframe. The error that comes up is:

Uncaught TypeError: Property 'showImage' of object [object DOMWindow] is not a function
(anonymous function)social.html:103

this is my index.html:

<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery.fancybox-1.3.4.pack.js"></script>
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/jquery.fancybox-1.3.4.css" media="screen" />
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/video.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
function showImage(image) {
$.fancybox('<img src="img/' + image + '" alt="" border="0" />');


<iframe src="social.html" scrolling="no" border="0" width="579" height="505" allowtransparency="true"></iframe>

in IFrame page:

<img src="img/picture1.jpg" alt="" class="thumbs" onclick="parent.showImage('picture1.jpg');"/>

PS: both pages are on same domain...
EDIT: video.js -> this is from fancybox I didn't make this.

jQuery(document).ready(function() {

$(".video").click(function() {
'padding' : 0,
'autoScale' : false,
'transitionIn' : 'none',
'transitionOut' : 'none',
'title' : this.title,
'width' : 640,
'height' : 385,
'href' : this.href.replace(new RegExp("watch\\?v=", "i"), 'v/'),
'type' : 'swf',
'swf' : {
'wmode' : 'transparent',
'allowfullscreen' : 'true'

return false;


Answer Source

First, you should be using fancybox v2.x to seamlessly do that (patching fancybox v1.3.x doesn't worth the effort)

Second, you need to have in both pages, the parent page and the iframed page, loaded jquery and fancybox css and js files in order to transcend fancybox properly,

so in both pages you should have at least something like:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="fancybox2.0.4/jquery.fancybox.css" />


<script src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="fancybox2.0.4/jquery.fancybox.js"></script>

then in your iframed (child) page your script is basically the same (but with the right fancybox options for v2.x ... check the documentation here)

$(".video").click(function() {
            'padding'       : 0,
            // more options (v2.x) etc

but instead of this


do this:


then fancybox will show in the parent page out of the boundaries of the iframed page

UPDATE: Demo page here

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