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Akeeba Release System (ARS) is a file repository / download system quite different than its competition. It is primarily focused on software dissemination, but can also be used as a generic download component. Its main differences to its competition are speed, stability, perfect URLs without a SEF component, generation of update streams, ease of use, Chameleon skinning and time saving features implemented along the board. We use it for our own downloads section. In fact, before its first public beta it had already served over a million downloads.

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  • Performance -
    ARS is designed to handle massive amounts of data. Tested with hundreds of download items and hundreds of thousands of log records, it groks through this vast amount of data in a heartbeat. Intelligent caching makes it blazing fast.

  • Bootstrap -
    ARS seamlessly integrates with the Boostrap styling upon which Joomla! 3 is standardised. It includes its own copy of Bootstrap, used only on Joomla! 2.5.

  • Control Freak -
    Control who can download what. ARS integrates with Akeeba Subscriptions, PayPlans and Joomla! View Access Levels to fine-tune who can view and download anything.

  • Perfect Logs -
    ARS will log who downloaded what and when, or even who tried but failed. IP addresses, HTTP referrers and country statistics are all logged and can be used to filter the log display. The Control Panel offers a bird's eye view of how well your downloads are doing.

  • Attention to detail -
    Minute details make the big difference. From copied items defaulting to being unpublished and files you've already used being hidden from file selection drop-downs and from automatically naming and describing your files to zero-click file publishing, ARS has got you covered.

  • Updates galore -
    ARS can automatically create update streams in multiple formats. INI format which can easily be used from any software. Joomla! XML format for extremely easy updates of the extensions you create.

  • Amazon S3 Support -
    Store your downloads on Amazon S3. Integrated S3 file browser and ability to upload directly to S3!

Experience the future in download components. Install and use Akeeba Release System. It's completely free of charge.

Note: The software is free of charge, its support is not. You need a valid subscription to request support. However, its documentation, the troubleshooting wizard and searching the public tickets is free.


Akeeba ARS does exactly what it's supposed to do. It's made it incredibly easy to maintain our extensions and control the downloads.

Ease of use

Very easy to use, even if you don't read the documentation.


Support was excellent. Ran into a problem with update streams and Nicolas had it worked out quickly.


Documentation is excellent. Step by step instructions for everything.

I used this to: We use ARS to distribute the extensions we have in the JED. Thousands of trouble free downloads.

The extension does what is supposed to do. However, there are problems with Amazon Web Services Module which does not permit downloads using Android devices. Desktop devices work perfectly. Also, customer support is lacking. I have spent too much time arguing with customer support to fix simple design issues—no filter capability, visible portion of fields not wide enough, etc.

nicely done

Posted on 22 October 2013

I've still got a lot to learn about the special things this extension can do but for the simple parts I use its amazing.

Only reason not 5 stars is I can't look at a individual item and see its graphical behavior like I can for the entire repo.

It like the fact that you don't have to create update xml file.

I use ARS to offer my own extension for download. The best thing about ARS is that it automatically creates proper update XML "files" so users can update my extensions using the Joomla one-click updater. Previously I had to manually create those files by copy-pasting a lot of stuff.

Now I just copy an existing item within ARS and change the version number, link it to the new file and done.

The only thing which could be improved is the editor button to select an ARS item which doesn't work well as soon as you apply filters.

Complete Solution

Posted on 12 May 2013

The best and most complete component in the JED; its free; the basic setup is easy; and it integrates nice with your design.

Great Extension

Posted on 03 May 2013

I'm currently using ARS along with Akeeba subscription and both are amazing and work together without a hitch. Great work and thanks for the excellent extensions!

good work

Posted on 25 April 2013

Excellent free component for file repository. We use it for the download of our extensions. Thanks Nicholas

Thanks Nicolas for this great free extension. The extension has a lot of options and the documentation is really great. So for a starting developer a great tool to maintain your downloads.

I'm using all Akeeba extensions and Akeeba is an excellent company who build great, well thought out and reliable extensions.

I'm using Akeeba Release System for almost a year now and it's really a MAGNIFICENT download system!

Nicholas always searches for ways to automate cumbersome activities. A great example of that is bleeding edge, which automatically detects your uploaded downloads and changelog. Just FTP your download and refresh the front-end and you're done!

Amazon S3 and Akeeba Live Update support are also topnotch.

Support is as always very fast, friendly and of high quality. If you encounter an issue (which was rare during +/- a year of intensive use), it'll be solved within minutes.

Thank you very much Nicholas and keep up the good work!

Akeeba Backup

Akeeba Backup

Free | Site Security | Akeeba Ltd
948 reviews
Akeeba Backup Core is an open-source backup component for the Joomla! CMS, quite a bit different than its competition. Its mission is simple: create a site backup that can be restored on any Joomla!-capable server. Its possibilities: endless. It creates a full backup of your site in a single archive. The archive contains all the files, a database snapshot and an installer similar in function to the standard Joomla! installer. The backup and restore process is AJAX powered to avoid server timeouts, even with huge sites. Alternatively, you can make a backup of only your database, or only your files. If you want a reliable, easy to use, open source backup solution for your Joomla! site, try it out. Akeeba Backup has won multiple J.O.S.C.A.R. awards at J and Beyond. Download it for free to find out why! Latest Joomla! 3.x only. We have older versions for past Joomla! 1.5/1.6/1.7/2.5/3.x versions on our site. Features: It configures itself for optimal operation with your site. Just click on Configuration Wizard. One click backup. Site transfer wizard. Transfer your site between servers fast and easily. AJAX powered backup (site and database, database only, files only or incremental files only backup) The fastest native PHP backup engine. Choose between standard ZIP or highly efficient JPA archive format Exclude specific files, folders Exclude specific database tables or their contents Unattended backup mode (CRON job scheduling), fully compatible with AJAX powered site restoration Restore with Akeeba Kickstart (free of charge script): restore extracting the backup directly on the server; no need to upload thousands of files by FTP! Archives can be restored on any host. Useful for transferring your site between subdomains/hosts or even to/from your local testing server (XAMPP, WAMPServer, MAMP, Zend Server, etc). and much, much more! Do not miss out the complimentary companion software (Akeeba Kickstart and Akeeba eXtract Wizard) which are available free of charge from our site. They make working with Akeeba Backup a breeze. Note: The Akeeba Backup Core component is free of charge, its support is not. You need a valid (paid) subscription to request support. Its documentation, the troubleshooting wizard and searching the public tickets is free of charge. Note 2: Only the Akeeba Backup Core edition listed here is free of charge. In our site you can also find Akeeba Backup Professional which requires paying for a subscription to download. Please note that it is a different product. This JED listing only applies to Akeeba Backup Core, the free of charge version. *** IF YOU CAN'T FIND HOW TO ENABLE A FEATURE LISTED HERE, PLEASE READ THE (FREE) DOCUMENTATION! ***
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Admin Tools

Admin Tools

Free | Site Security | Akeeba Ltd
183 reviews
Admin Tools is a true Swiss Army knife for your site. Our freely available Admin Tools Core will detect, notify you about and install new Joomla! releases, fix your files' and directories' permissions, protect your administrator directory with a password, change your database prefix, set a secure Super Administrator ID, migrate links pointing to your old domain on-the-fly and perform database maintenance, all with a single click. Written and maintained by the same developer as Akeeba Backup and the Joomla! updater component of Joomla! 2.5.4 and later. Note: a commercial edition (Admin Tools Professional) with extra security-oriented features is also available from our site for a fee. This listing is about the free version, Admin Tools Core. Note 2: The software is free of charge, its support is not. You need a subscription to request support. However, its documentation, the troubleshooting wizard and searching the public tickets is free.
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Admin Tools Professional

Admin Tools Professional

Paid download | Site Security | Akeeba Ltd
121 reviews
From the makers of Akeeba Backup Core/Professional and Admin Tools Core, this is the enhanced release of Admin Tools, available on a subscription basis. On top of what Admin Tools Core already offers, Admin Tools Professional has these exclusive features: - Restrict administrator with a secret URL parameter - Web Application Firewall to block common exploits (SQL injection, XSS, DFI, RFI, malicious user agent, CSRF/spam-bot protection, uploads scanner) - Bad word filtering - IP Whitelisting for the administrator section - IP Blacklisting - Geographic block (deny access to specific countries/continents) - Modification of Generator meta tag and other sensitive HTTP headers - Email on administrator login - Block front-end Super Administrator log-in - Block Super Administrator user modification - Block extensions installation - Block visual fingerprinting (tmpl, template and tp URL parameters) - Integration of the Bad Behavior anti-spam library - Project Honeypot IP blacklist integration - Automatic IP blocking of repeat offenders - Email notifications of all detected security issues - URL redirections (exclusive support for query parameters!) - Scheduled site maintenance operations The software is GPL; buying a single subscription you can install it on as many sites as you want and keep it running even after your subscription expires, without encrypted code, domain limitations or other such nuisances.
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K2 Links for Advanced Link

K2 Links for Advanced Link

Free | JCE extensions | Akeeba Ltd
12 reviews
Brought to you by Akeeba Backup's lead developer, the K2 Links for Advanced Link allows you to use JCE's advanced link feature in order to seamlessly link to K2 content items. A short list of features: - Integrates into JCE's Advanced Link (AdvLink) window - that's what you get with the "Insert Link..." command you get with the right-click popup or the link icon with green cross on JCE's toolbar ;) - You can toggle it on/off for certain users, just like any other AdvLink extension. - Displays K2 categories as a drill-down tree, no limits on level depth. - If a K2 category contains not only items but children categories too, it displays both. - Intelligently includes the correct Itemid on linked items. Don't let Google think you've got duplicate content on your site, right? - Link to K2 Tags (NEW!) - View and link to K2 items belonging to a specific K2 tag (NEW!) IMPORTANT: Version 2.x is only compatible with JCE 2.x. The previous version of the plugin (1.0) for JCE 1.5.x is no longer supported.

Akeeba Release System

Akeeba Ltd
Last updated:
Jul 01 2015
Date added:
Nov 18 2014
GPLv2 or later
Free download
Uses updater:
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