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jDownloads Popular ComponentModulePluginExtension Specific Addon

Extensive Download Manager for Joomla! 2.5.x and Joomla! 3.x.

The jD 2.5 series is for use on Joomla! 2.5, and the jD 3.2 series is for use on Joomla! 3.x so make sure you download the correct one for you.

Modules and plugins provided by the jDownloads team are included in and are automatically installed with the jDownloads component.

jDownloads supports many languages. English and German languages are included with the component and others are available on More will be included on the jDownloads web site.

Main Features
- What is a Download?:
Obviously it includes the file that is to be downloaded but in jDownloads there are many more optional features to show the user or potential customer. You may have a text description, multiple images, an MP3 or an MP4 preview complete with player. You can show size, author, price, rating, popularity, etc., etc. All of it configurable.
- Unlimited Category Tree:
The downloads can be organized by customised categories and subcategories. A folder is created for every category, usually the folder has the same name as the category, so you have exactly the same structure on your server as in your download area. There is an option to use a different folder name if desired.
- Access Rights for Categories:
You can set the 'download' rights for categories and downloads for every Joomla user group. So it is possible, for example, that all guests can view the category (and the files) but only registered users can download the files. And say users with Publisher or similar rights can create new Downloads including uploading the main download file, together with preview text, images, audio clips (MP3) and video clips (MP4).
- User Groups:
The latest versions of jDownloads, the jD2.5 and jD3.2 and beyond series, fully supports the Joomla Access Permissions and Access Levels for Categories and Downloads. This allows a wide variety of controlling user groups in who is able to see what, control download access and of course uploading of new Downloads.
- User Groups Settings:
jDownloads has the ability to set different download capability limits for each Joomla! User Group. Also for User Groups that have 'create download' permissions then each user group may have their individual selection of 'questions' asked by the creation/edit Downloads formthe upload form may be set. Furthermore jDownloads resolves the 'challenge' of users belonging to multiple groups with an 'importance' value.
- Frontend Edit functionality:
You can define in the configuration, that particular user groups can edit/update/delete their own downloads from the frontend. Additionally you can select jDownloads user groups who can edit Downloads in specific categories from the frontend.
... and many others.

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Reviews: 2
The extension fulfill my needs completely as a small and easy to use download extension with useful plugins.
Additional is has a great and fast support!
Reviews: 5
Aufgrund einer Übersiedelung der Website haben sich interne Strukturen verschoben und das Programm hat nicht mehr funktioniert. Mir wurde sofort im Forum geholfen und das Problem konnte behoben werden.
Reviews: 38
Not bad component but it have a couple major bugs (duplicate url).
No ability to include several files to one item (for example windows version, mac os version etc).
New version is beta, without any modules and plugins.
And very poor support, even after donation.
Some topics are not answered for 3 weeks.
Owner's reply

You used an older version and your only problem are a few different URL's between component and modules. This could be very important for you, but not for every others users. In more then seven years have only you this scenario noted as a heavy bug. And to say that i would only give a poor support is a bad joke. Everybody can read in the other reviews what is true here. But it is impossible to make every user happy.

By the way, in the meantime exists also the first modules for the complete new beta releases.

Reviews: 1
1) documentation is good! much better than lots of other extensions on this platform
2) easy to install
3) easy to use
4) very flexible

I use this component for a sports club to share some files of interest to the members of the club only. the work for this club is voluntary, so I searched for a component which is free. this one works best for me!

keep up the excellent work!
Reviews: 3
I've tried several similar packages but jDownloads is far and away the most flexible and easily configurable of them all. The only place in which it falls down slightly is in the searching. The standard package offers a search on only the title and description.

A drawback of all these packages is that each file (download) item can only be referenced by a single category. It's true that you can create loads of categories and sub-categories, but each file can only belong to one of them at a time.

Fortunately, jDownloads allows you to use several other fields - and even create custom fields. With a little research and effort, I found that I was able to expand the search routines to cover as many fields as I wanted. This makes it - for me - by far the best of the other packages on offer.

The English language is slightly curious at points but, coming from a non-English developer, it's understandable and perfectly forgiveable.

It also relies fairly heavily on tables for display purposes, but there is easy access to the relevant templates and nothing to stop you substituting some decent CSS formats instead.

Overall, if you're looking for a really thorough and flexible component, I would strongly recommend that you start with this!
Reviews: 11
Used this extension in the past and when I needed one for another site, I came here. This time for a 3.x Joomla site. Works great with issues at all. Great list features, but also can just display a clean module with a download list.

Only downside is their documentation. Looks like their working on it though..

This is the one you need. Just download it.
Reviews: 5
Having experimented with MANY different document repository and download management extensions, I can safely say that this is BY FAR the absolute best.

It is user-friendly, extremely well documented within the admin environment, and (most importantly) HIGHLY adaptable for any layout. This should be the benchmark for not just other download management extensions, but every component in general (including the core installation).

Well done, good sir! Well done!
Reviews: 1
Great component... especially if you want to have an advanced and flexible download system on your site.

The frontend edit functionality and the granular user group permissions powers get jDownloads up.

The layout system is also very useful. I can add/remove anything to/from any place from the Joomla editor.

Lastly, the content plugin is very powerful. It has so much options as you feel like it's a separate component.

Thanks for this great component Arno!
Reviews: 2
I am just adding my review, because I think it is worth it! I am using this component with Joomla 2.5.16 and a complex user management and it is amazing and just excellent.
This is a big thank you to the programmer.
Danke schön!
Reviews: 6
This is a good component, does all the upload/download job and it is very customizable. Lightweight in the code, easy CSS customization of the frontend, good frontend upload manager. I relly like the ability to enable or disable public/registered/special user permission to upload via front end. This is a must have component for download sections. And it's FREE! Only backend file publishing is a bit bugged beacuse if you don't fill all the mandatory fields when uploading, the returned message clears all and you must start from zero the uploading information. But for sure this will be solved by the developers.
Reviews: 15
It's a good component for your use. Keep in mind it has different releases so choose an appropriate one for your Joomla version. I had a a good experience using this component.
Reviews: 5
" I used it for my several sites. It is really good and comfortable component. I'm satisfied with it"
Reviews: 5
I've tested several other download manager extensions, but finally decided to stick with this one. It works great and has a lot of features. And has an awesome support on the forums (considering this is not a comemrcial extension). I posted an issue and the author himself replied quickly with very helpful information on how to troubleshoot and fix the problem. Highly recommended extension.
Reviews: 1
It works very well with english file name, but for chinese one it's a problem.

sometimes the file is uploaded but then afterwards it cannot be found. Even if I can upload, the original chinese file name will become strange characters. If I disable the BE option to remove space and special characters, problem still exists.
Reviews: 1
Have been using JDownloads for nearly a year now. It's a fantastic extension and FOR FREE! It takes a little bit of work to customize it to your liking, but its not at all difficult. There are just various layouts and how you want them to be displayed on your site.

The frontend upload is quick and easy to use. Staff have been uploading content on a regular basis without any real problems. JDownloads also has many plug-ins as well, and the ones I've used work flawlessly.

Current version (build 931) seems to have fixed my only gripes (had build 925 previously) which was issues with Google Chrome. It use to be that I could not delete files from the frontend, and also could not Cancel out of a file in the backend. These problems are fixed now! All is good!
Owner's reply

Many thanks for your positive review.
Your quoted problems with some buttons in the jDownloads backend, has exists only for some users and has to do with the activated editors and special template settings.

Reviews: 3
A greeting, entities of nothing, excuses for my English low level, I am Spanish and alone I want to express what I sit, hope that I understand myself, want to express my gratefulness for his great work, jdownload is a component of great potential and helps to create qualit pages, thanks to his good work, soundkraken my social network for free musicians, is a sitios of first and thanks to you, it should know that I promise to collaborate in the development of his project nothing any more reaches my aims, I invite him to explore my project also it is his house, thank you very much again and luck with the development, do not lose this line, excellent work
Reviews: 1
I have been using this program for at 3-4 years now. Occassionally there are issues that occur with upgrades. I have maybe experienced 2 issues and on both times, the programmer was prompt on the forum and dealt with the issue right away. I am amazed. Recently users were unable to upload through ie9. The programmer surveyed my site and figured out it was the default editor. He went as far as even installing a different editor and setting up the global configurations. Everything worked after that in ie9! I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in a upload/download repository program!
Reviews: 4
Great component with many modules, very full, easily modifiable template and very good support. Congratulations and thank you for this work.

Reviews: 5
I was setting up a new laptop to replace the one that met with an untimely death, who's hard drive was obliterated. While trying to replace all my purchased Joomla extensions, I was up to "Docman" and could not remember the password. I tried several times to retrieve it but no response. So I logged in to the repository and found this one.

Free, no login to download, extremely easy to install and use, works exceptionally well, lets me have catetories for public, author, etc... just upload the files to a folder, WOW how easy is that?

I just wonder what these folks are getting out of all this... I mean, they don't even ask for an EMAIL address to get the component and all the plugins & modules. They must be independently wealthy!

Thanks for such a great component, you have saved my life.
Reviews: 11
jdownloads is a good component. No doubt. Is easy to customize (css) and to use. Has a great number of functions, like support for AUP, Custom licenses text, User upload...
The main lack is that it actually miss RSS feeds that i hope will be included in new version. (so, please Arno add it)
Another problem for me was the upgrade from j1.5 version to 1.6+ (joomla). The backup function does not work as it should!
By the way, joomla download components are quite too simple. This is sure one of the best.. And can be sure the top with some new functions.. RSS...?
Owner's reply

Thanks for your review. But why has you not posted your backup/restore problem in the support forum?
By the way, i think you has not exactly observed the Joomla 2.5 update how-to in the FAQ. It is very important that you install the last jD 1.8.x release before you create the new backup file.

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