Random Gallery


Random Gallery lets you display a different subset of your images every time your page is refreshed. Just tell it which ones you want it to pick from and how many you want to show at a time.

The Basics

Random Gallery works with an old fashioned shortcode. You specify the pool of images with the ids or category parameter. Then you specify how many you want to show with the shownum parameter.

Here’s an example of the ids method:

[random-gallery ids='101,102,103,104,105' shownum='3']

Note there are five images in the list but only three will be shown at a time.

And here is an example of the category method:

[random-gallery category='myCategory' shownum='3']

Random Gallery can handle the ordinary Gallery shortcode parameters type, columns, size, and link:

[random-gallery category='myCategory' shownum='3' columns='1' size='medium']

You can put shortcodes in all kinds of blocks, but it’s best to use the shortcode widget.

ids method details

The ids parameter is the list of images you want to draw from. To build up the list, you need the numbers that WordPress assigns to each of your images.

There are plugins that let you see these numbers directly in the Media Library. Try searching the plugins directory for «reveal ids».

Otherwise, you can find them manually:

  • open up your Media Library
  • click on a photo
  • the Attachment Details will pop up
  • the URL in your address bar will look like this: https://www.example.com/wp-admin/upload.php?item=101
  • take the number at the end of the URL (in this case 101) and add that number to ids
  • repeat this process for each photo you want to include

category method

By default, categories are not available in the Media Library. However, there are plugins that will enable them. Try searching the plugins directory for «media library categories».

Once you have categories enabled, you can create a category, add images to it, and specify it in the shortcode by name.

Curly Quotes Issue

One tricky thing to watch out for is curly quotation marks. WordPress likes to replace straight quotes (') with curly quotes (‘). This is usually a good thing, but Random Gallery can only handle straight quotes.

The easiest and best way to make sure you’re only using straight quotes is to put your shortcode in a shortcode widget, then re-type all the quotes directly in the widget.


I hope Random Gallery works for you. If you have any trouble, just shoot me an email. Thanks!


You can add Random Gallery directly from your WordPress dashboard Plugins page or you can download random-gallery.php and put it in the wp-content/plugins/ directory of your WordPress installation. Either way, make sure you activate it from the Plugins page.

Preguntas frecuentes

What if I have a question?

I’d be happy to help!

What if I have a suggestion?

That would be most welcome!

What if I find a bug?

Please let me know right away!


14 de abril de 2021
Author's response time is commendable. Only issue I have is once you click on an image and it expands you can't get out or see the next one easily. More options would be nice.
25 de febrero de 2021
I needed a simple sidebar gallery widget and this fits the bill perfectly. It's straightforward to use the shortcode. My sole question was answered by the developer within a few hours.
17 de febrero de 2021
I use this plugin to create Jetpack galleries that display random images from my media folder. The shortcode made it easy to set up.
17 de agosto de 2018
Thanks for this pretty plugin, I used when I've tried to add rows in my gallery shortcode, thanks for that body <3
6 de octubre de 2017
No-one watches a slideshow for more than a few images, so this is perfect. My users argue ast to what to show so this is the perfect solution. Great support too
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Added support for categories. Added a donate link. Updated the readme and testing.


No change to the code. Just updated the readme and testing.


No change to the code. Just updated the readme and testing.


No change to the code. Just updated the readme and testing.


Added support for type, columns, size, and link.

Miscellaneous code and documentation improvements.

Fixed bug that was forcing the gallery to the top of the page.


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