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Downloads, File Management

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

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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 many others are available on or 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 form the 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.

See a more detailed feature list here (not completed):

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.


It does more than I wanted.

Ease of use

I have had no problems finding out how to use this.


Excellent! Colin & Arno are extremely helpful

I used this to: Android Wear Watch Faces Designs


Lots of flexibility in how uploads can be set up. Great set of features.

Ease of use

The initial configuration (especially with user groups) was a wee bit confusing, but you can figure it out just by playing around a bit.


Absolutely fantastic. Twice I had issues, twice they resolving them for my really fast, and Colin was so friendly and professional. Amazing!

I used this to: Joomla sites where clients want to be able to share files with predefined user groups.

A+ Product

Posted on 20 May 2015

Does everything and more than I expected from a free download module,

Ease of use

Very easy to use and setup


Could not fault the support offered to me today.I had a issue and it was resolved in a matter of hours


After reading the documentation from the developers website it was straight forward and fairly easy

I used this to: Community sim racing resource website

very good extention

Posted on 20 May 2015

very good

Ease of use

very good


very good


It has all that you could imagine for free extension, and than even more. I used it for mp3s and works like a charm.

Ease of use

Took me a minute to set up and start the project. Easy to setup, and if you're patient easy to use, there is a lot to setup, if you want...



I used this to: Personal web site mp3 collection library

This software is buggy

Posted on 16 March 2015

Not useable in a Joomla multilanguage installation because jDownloads generates crude language links and violates Joomla handling standards.


No response to my service request within 3 days ...

I used this to: a business website

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!

Super Support

Posted on 20 August 2014

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.


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!

A Flexible Friend

Posted on 11 March 2014

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!


Arno Betz
Last updated:
Jul 20 2015
Date added:
Aug 17 2007
GPLv2 or later
Free download
Uses updater:
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