Shuffle: order=random

Note: The shuffle=1 parameter that existed in the old Thumblist is deprecated. Please use order=random with ThumbList².

This page demonstrates the possibility of a random thumbnail displayed, or a random selection of thumbnails, by the parameter order=random.

One random thumbnail

This is only possible with thumblist count=1:

(:thumblist count=1 px=64 order=random:)
Wrightflyer.jpg: 800x477, 42k (2009-02-13 12:30)

Whole list randomized

(:thumblist count=4 px=64 order=random:)
Wrightflyer.jpg: 800x477, 42k (2009-02-13 12:30) Porticoguardiagrele.jpg: 527x640, 108k (2009-02-13 12:30) Bridge_declarer.jpg: 900x792, 127k (2009-02-13 12:30) exāmple.jpeg: 220x406, 131k (2017-07-19 13:23)

Reload the page to see how it changes. If you use supercache=1 (don't), the files will obviously be shuffled only once and stored/displayed in that order.

(Re-)Ordering a random sample

(:thumblist count=4 px=64 order=random order2=name:)
Bees_Collecting_Pollen_2004-08-14.jpg: 800x600, 112k (2009-02-13 12:30) Robby_Naish_a-1.jpg: 800x534, 107k (2009-02-13 12:30) Vasnetsov_samolet.jpg: 800x441, 82k (2009-02-13 12:30) exmple.jpeg: 220x406, 131k (2017-07-19 13:20)

Using order=random will shuffle the list. Using count=4 will take 4 pictures from the random list. Using order2=name will order the 4 random pictures by name. See also Order.


  • "random order"==no "image trails" in the template (<<|>>). Because the files are shuffled on every page load and there is no way to cache the trail list (it would change on the next page view).
  • On this page where the order is random, I am using $EnableIMSCaching = 0; to prevent the page caching by the browsers.

See also