APAD: IImage Browser

April 20th, 2007
WordPress, WordPress Plugins

Plugin Name
IImage Browser

Plugin Page

– Create and browse directories
– Upload images and create thumbnails
– Delete files
– Generates code to insert the image into the post

I’ve been using this plugin for a long long time, right from the 1.5 days. Even with the new image uploader in WordPress 2.0 and 2.1, I have continued using the plugin.

The installation process is a bit cumbersome in my opinion, because it requires you to dump one php file in the plugins folder and another php file in the wp-admin directory before you get the plugin to work.

The plugin adds a button to the quicktags toolbar (which is also the toolbar in Code view of the WYSIWYG in WordPress 2.1).
Clicking this button launches the image browser, where you can upload images, create directories, create thumbnails, generate the code or delete the images.

IImage Browser gives me the exact amount of control I need to organize the images. I like the images to be organized based on category, as opposed to the date-based structure that WP offers by default.

One extra feature that makes IImage Browser useful is the ability to specify custom code that you can use for full size images and ones with thumbnails.

I’ve used this feature to integrate the Open Picture Window plugin to display the full size image on clicking on a thumbnail.

Again this is a personal choice on how I want to display images on my site, but I would like to hear your opinion.
Are you using this plugin? What are your experiences.
If not this, what are you using to add images to your posts?




  1. Jim (7 comments.) says:

    I use one called Flexible Upload which given me as much control for images uploads as I’ve ever needed.

  2. ttancm (34 comments.) says:

    I use MyGallery (site is in German and English) which does all the above and and more (it also has most of the features of the Image Gallery plugin from the same site and even still more).

    Only problem is that there are occasional hiccups with the WP2.1+ (works on my sites, but some people have had problems) and the author seems to be trying to decide whether he wants to continue supporting it or not, which means a dearth of releases.

    Maybe if more people used it an encouraged him? =)

  3. Manu (3 comments.) says:

    Thanks man, was looking for something similar. Is it possible to insert captons as well, maybe via a field.

  4. ZZamboni (1 comments.) says:

    I use ecto to upload the images, and IImage Gallery (from the same author as IImage Browser) to display them. It creates a nice mini-gallery per post, with all the images in that post.

  5. Sarah (3 comments.) says:

    I use it, but when I use it and save, the quick tag disappears, and so far no one’s figured out why.

  6. tricky says:

    after Image Manager, Flexible Upload is THE best tool for image handling EVER :)

  7. BillH (7 comments.) says:

    I used to use IImage Browser, for about two years. It was really good. Then, I stumbled across something that’s even better: ImageManager. Right now, you use two plugins to place thumbnails on your website that are links to open full sized pictures. ImageManager does that and more by itself. IMHO, ImageManager is better plugin than IImage Browser.

  8. Ajay (209 comments.) says:

    @Sarah, which version are you using? Is it the latest?

  9. Sarah (3 comments.) says:

    I’m using 1.5.1, according to my plugin manager :)

  10. Ajay (209 comments.) says:

    That is strange, because it works perfectly for me… maybe you should try reinstalling it?

  11. roland (2 comments.) says:

    Thanks for that! I use IImage browser for two or three years now – and it’s still the best uploading / image handling plugin for me. What I really like is its browsing functionality – e. g. the window for browsing of the image manager plugin is to small and gives IMHO not a really good overview of all your uploaded images (also: in that plugin all uploaded images are on one site vs. the iimage browser site which are paged).

  12. TechZ (11 comments.) says:

    Been using this since almost a year now, it’s great.

  13. Tim LB (1 comments.) says:

    Iimage browser gets my vote on the grounds of the flexibility of the directory structure. I’ve been using it for years. But I only stumbled across this thread when I upgraded WordPress and seemed to break Iimage browser. I’ve just tried Image Manager, but it doesn’t work so well for me. For my purposes it’s too rigid in its expectations about default directories.

  14. Valerie says:

    I used IImage Browser for years and liked it for it’s directory options and flexibility, and the ability to control images per view. And it wasn’t too hard for me to figure out how to hack it to change the size of the pop-up window and such, but I did think it’s interface was kind of clunky. Unfortunately, I found that in more than one case it didn’t play nice with other plugins that added quicktags to the write page. Either the IImage browser tag or the competing plugin tag would disappear, and in one case a spell checker plugin would not work correctly unless I deactivated IImage Browser.

    I finally gave up on it last year and began working with Image Manager. It has a lovely interface, and the results are a lot nicer and easier to work with (like for my friends who don’t know how to style their images). But I agree with Tim LB, it is much too rigid.

    I’ve yet to find an easy to work with image browser/uploader that would also create images, thumbnails and directories that could then be used in a lovely way by a photo album plugin (and that didn’t cause problems in Quicktags).

  15. Joni Solis (1 comments.) says:

    What about an image plugin that works well with WordPress 2.5? Do these? I had and loved IImage Browser, but then it just quit working and I never could get it to work again. I had it on WordPress 2.3 when I quit on me.


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