Slideshow is one of the most essential part of a website. It is basically the first thing that attracts your eyes when you visit a website. It is large enough and it has many cool transition effects that you can't help take a look at it. Having a long time working with Drupal, I collect and present in this article some of the best Drupal slideshow modules.

There are alot of Drupal slideshow modules, however, I only pick the modules which are in high usage, under active development and support Drupal 7. I downloaded and tested them all to see what are pros and cons of each module.

Now these are 12 best Drupal slideshow modules in my opinion: 

1. View slideshow

view slideshow drupal

This is no doubt the most popular slideshow module in Drupal. I use Views Slideshow in most of our Drupal themes. With Views Slideshow, you can have a slideshow of any content (not just images) that can appear in a View. Powered by jQuery, it is heavily customizable: you may choose slideshow settings for each View.

Demo: http://demo.symphonythemes.com/drupal7/yali

Download: http://drupal.org/project/views_slideshow

Installs: 170'000+

2. Mega Slider

mega slider drupal

Mega Slider is a premium Drupal slideshow module, ie, it is not free. Although I was reluctant to purchase a Drupal module, I found this module worths any penny. With this slider, you can define any elements to pop in and pop out with over 20+ effects. The admin panel is so easy to use that you can make slides by just seleting, dragging and dropping. I apply this module on our lastest Drupal theme Velocity and the result is incredible.

Demo: http://demo.symphonythemes.com/drupal7/velocity

Purchase: Mega Slider

Installs: N/A

3. Flex Slider

flex slider drupal

I tend to adopt this module over Views Slideshow in recent projects. It looks similar to Views slideshow, but it is far more advanced, it supports finger touch in mobile displays. Using this module, you can swift to change slides by your fingers when you see it on a mobile phone.

Although it has only two type of transitions: fade and slide, but I can sacrify the lack of transition effects for better mobile experiences.

Demo: http://www.exoticvoyages.com

Download: http://drupal.org/project/flexslider

Installs: 15'000+

4. Nivo Slider

flex slider drupal

An implementation of the great Nivo Slider in Drupal with 16 amazing transition effects. So if you like a more fashionable slideshow, this one is a great choice.

There are two modules: Nivo Slider and Views Nivo Slider. I recommend Views Nivo Slider since it works with Views, as we always do to configure slideshow in Drupal.

Demo: http://dev7studios.com/nivo-slider/

Downloads: http://drupal.org/project/views_nivo_slider

Installs: 15'000+

5. Field Slideshow:

If you want a Drupal slideshow in content, Field Slideshow is the one. Instead of displaying slideshow nodes in a block, this module allows you to display multiple images as a slideshow within a single node, an article for example. It gives you a field in your chosen content type so you can add many images and hit Save: Voila! The slideshow appears within other text content.

Download: http://drupal.org/project/field_slideshow

Installs: 16'000+

6. Dynamic display block

DDBlock slideshow drupal

Dynamic display block slideshows are mainly used to showcase featured content at a prominent place on the frontpage in an attractive way. Basically, it has two main features:

  1. Displays images in a chosen folder as a slideshow
  2. Displays nodes of a specific content type as a slideshow (this is similar to Views Slideshow). A featured content slideshow can contain e.g.: New articles, Most popular content, New products, Portfolios, Videos etc

Demo: http://ddblock.myalbums.biz/

Download: http://drupal.org/project/ddblock

Installs: 18'000+

7. Slideshow Creator

Slideshow Creator is very similar to Dynamic Display Blocks and Field Slideshow, except:

Pros:

  • more features as it can display images on directory, by URLs.
  • place it anywhere in the document (in comparison with DDB only diplays on top or bottom of the node).

Cons: User needs to remember the embed code syntax.

This module creates slideshows anywhere in the document using any image on the internet with many other features. If the user does not have JavaScript enabled, it displays all images sequentially.

Download: http://drupal.org/project/slideshow_creator

Installs: 2'400+

8. Galleria

flex slider drupal

I use the Galleria module in most of our photography themes. It displays a gallery of images and thumbnails with eye catching look and feel.

Demo: http://demo.symphonythemes.com/drupal7/viola

Download: http://drupal.org/project/galleria

Installs: 10'000+

9. Gallerific

flex slider drupal

Galleriffic is similar to Galleria, both of them are particular useful in handling high volumes of photos while conserving bandwidth. Galleriffic has more flexible thumbnails as they can sit on the top, the side or the bottom of displaying images.

Demo: http://demo.symphonythemes.com/lirone

Download: http://drupal.org/project/views_galleriffic

Installs: 4600+

10. Image Flow

flex slider drupal

This module turns a group of images into a rotating circular gallery similar to Apple's coverflow effect. There are a few modules supporting this effect: Image Flow, Views Slideshow Image Flow and Views JQFX Image Flow. I recommend Views JQFX Image Flow as it has higher usage and it supports Drupal 7.

Demo: http://www.lunarclips.com/drupal-7-imageflow

Download: http://drupal.org/project/views_jqfx_imageflow

Installs: 1100+

11. Content Glider:

The only reason that you should consider to use this module is when you don't want to install addons JQuery script (I am not that lazy). It is a standalone module, no need additional script or another modules. Just install and use it!

Download: http://drupal.org/project/content_glider

Installs: 1590

12. JCarousel

JCarousel slideshow drupal

Description: This module allows developers and themers to make use of the jCarousel jQuery plugin. It includes a developer API that other modules can use, as well as Views integration in the 2.0 version so that you can turn any list of content or images into a carousel.

Link to download: http://drupal.org/project/jcarousel

Deprecated modules

These are a couple of modules that I mentioned on this same thread over 2 years ago but they are inactive now. It supports only Drupal 6.

13. 3D Views Carousel

3D view caroused slideshow drupal

Description: This module is a views plugin that integrates Professor Cloud Carousel A 3d Carousel in JavaScript. Its main functionality is to generate a 3D floated rotated images, which accelerates and moves automatically according to mouse wheel. This module works fine with Lightbox2 and Shadowbox.

Demo: http://www.professorcloud.com/mainsite/carousel.htm

Download: http://drupal.org/project/viewscarousel3d

Comments

Glad to see Views slideshow at #1

Really nice list.
Thanks to the huge drupal community support, there are always multiple options. Im using views slideshow on my site too. I still want to use, featured content slider though.

It's amazing

This is just amazing. Even though Drupal has its own pros and cons, still the open source CMS is better and much more trendy and happening than others. And the above is what proves it.

Great writeup

I like seeing the diversity of options - some of them look really nice.

This is such a popular and often wanted feature that Acquia has added slideshows and rotating banners to Drupal Gardens - our hosted Drupal 7 solution. See http://www.drupalgardens.com/documentation/rotating-banners

-Robert

Thank Robert, I used to have

Thank Robert,
I used to have a Drupal Garden site, it worked great.
I saw it lacks of themes, do you plan to add more themes to the Drupal Garden resource?

Funny I tried all of these

Funny I tried all of these and couldn't get any of them to work. None of the Drupal slideshow modules appear to work out of the box and require some extra coding or troubleshooting. I think I tried all of them with no luck.

You are right. It is required

You are right. It is required some Drupal skills to set up the modules, create sample content and create view to display.
Drupal has a high learning curve because of that, you can't just take it and use it, there are more work to make it actually working.

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