I can't seem to get the colorbox plugin (colorbox-6.x-1.0) working with my Drupal 6.22 site. I'm currently working on Ubuntu Natty, and this is the folder structure for how I have the plugin and module setup:

 - sites
    - all
       - libraries
          - colorbox
             - colorbox
                - jquery.colorbox-min.js
                - jquery.colorbox.js
             - [other folders: content, examp1, examp2, examp3, examp4, examp5]
    - default
       - modules
          - colorbox
             - colorbox.module
             - etc, etc

Other stuff I already have done:

  • jQuery Update plugin installed
  • set permissions on sites/all/libraries folder using chmod a+w ~/public_html/drup_test/sites/all/libraries
  • flushed all caches

I'm still after all of this getting the "You need to download the Colorbox plugin and extract the entire contents of the archive into the sites/all/libraries/colorbox folder of your server" error. Please could someone help me as I don't know what else could be the problem.



With iStryker's help, I realised that there was some weird permission setting on the /sites/all folder. Whilst I haven't sorted out the permission issue on that folder, this alternative worked (if this has also happened to you)...under /sites/default/ create a folder called libraries and put your jQuery plugins there. Then in Drupal Admin > Administer by Module > Colorbox > Colorbox Plugin Settings, change the plugin path to /sites/default/libraries/colorbox. Not the grandest solution, but it works! Note that this also worked for the ShadowBox module and plugin.

  • Any errors on admin/settings/colorbox page?
    – iStryker
    Jul 21, 2011 at 15:10
  • yes, the same message above "You need to download the Colorbox plugin and extract the entire contents of the archive into the sites/all/libraries/colorbox folder of your server". I really don't get what could be the issue...all files are where they should be according to the documentation.
    – Shalan
    Jul 21, 2011 at 16:15

1 Answer 1



Your directory structure is correct. Your file directory permissions are not. Your chmod a+w command gives read and write permissions. In your case, to get rid error message you must have read and execute permission on the /sites/all/libraries/colorbox & /sites/all/libraries/colorbox/colorbox directories and read permissions on the 2 javascript files. Colorbox.module does a file_exist call

if (file_exists($library_path .'/colorbox/jquery.colorbox.js') && file_exists($library_path .'/colorbox/jquery.colorbox-min.js')) {

Depending on your operating system, and setting, PHP's file_exists() function is handle differently.

  • Hi. Unfortunately, that doesn't work either
    – Shalan
    Jul 21, 2011 at 12:46
  • I'm working on ubuntu linux...d you think it could be a permission issue?
    – Shalan
    Jul 21, 2011 at 13:06
  • depends, You files do look right. remember to recursively change all the files in the libraries directory
    – iStryker
    Jul 21, 2011 at 13:21
  • my answer has been revised, please ignore Shalan first comment.
    – iStryker
    Jul 21, 2011 at 16:37
  • ok, let me try your suggestions
    – Shalan
    Jul 21, 2011 at 18:34

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