Downloads, File Management

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

The Best Download Manager for Joomla!

jDownloads supports many languages. English and German languages are included with the component and many others are available on or

Main Features

(only a few examples)

  • 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 customized 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: jDownloads fully supports now 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:

But best of all visit our demo installations and see for yourself!

A Joomla 4 compatible version is in progress and should be ready end 2021.

Der beste Download-Manager für Joomla!

Viele Module und Plugins, die vom jDownloads-Team zur Verfügung gestellt werden, sind in der jDownloads-Komponente enthalten und werden automatisch mit dieser installiert.

jDownloads unterstützt viele Sprachen. Englische und deutsche Sprachdateien sind in der Komponente bereits enthalten. Viele andere sind auf oder verfügbar.


(nur einige wenige Beispiele)
- Was ist ein Download?
Offensichtlich enthält es die Datei, die heruntergeladen werden soll, aber bei jDownloads gibt es noch viele weitere optionale Funktionen, die dem Benutzer oder potentiellen Kunden angezeigt werden können. Sie können eine Textbeschreibung, mehrere Bilder, eine MP3- oder eine MP4-Vorschau komplett mit Player anzeigen. Sie können Größe, Autor, Preis, Bewertung, Popularität, etc. anzeigen. All dies ist konfigurierbar.
- Unbegrenzte Anzahl Kategorie-Ebenen:
Die Downloads können nach benutzerdefinierten Kategorien und Unterkategorien organisiert werden. Für jede Kategorie wird ein Ordner erstellt, in der Regel hat der Ordner den gleichen Namen wie die Kategorie, so dass Sie auf Ihrem Server genau die gleiche Struktur haben wie in Ihrem Download-Bereich. Es besteht aber auch die Möglichkeit, auf Wunsch einen anderen Ordnernamen zu verwenden.
- Zugriffsrechte für Kategorien:
Sie können die 'Download'-Rechte für Kategorien und Downloads für jede Joomla-Benutzergruppe festlegen. So ist es z.B. möglich, dass alle Gäste die Kategorie (und die Dateien) sehen können, aber nur registrierte Benutzer die Dateien herunterladen können. Und sagen wir, Benutzer mit Autoren-oder ähnlichen Rechten können neue Downloads erstellen, einschließlich des Hochladens der Haupt-Download-Datei, zusammen mit Vorschautext, Bildern, Audio-Clips (MP3) und Video-Clips (MP4). Auch das Erstellungs- oder Bearbeitungsformular ist voll umfänglich konfigurierbar.
- Benutzergruppen:
jDownloads unterstützt jetzt vollständig die Joomla-Zugriffsberechtigungen und Zugriffsebenen für Kategorien und Downloads. Dies ermöglicht eine Vielzahl von Kontrollmöglichkeiten für Benutzergruppen, wer was sehen kann, den Download-Zugang und natürlich das Hochladen neuer Downloads zu kontrollieren.
- Einstellungen für Benutzergruppen:
jDownloads hat die Möglichkeit, für jede Joomla! Benutzergruppe unterschiedliche Download-Fähigkeitsgrenzen festzulegen. Auch für Benutzergruppen, die 'Download erstellen' Berechtigungen haben, kann jede Benutzergruppe ihre individuelle Auswahl an 'Fragen' haben, die durch das Erstellen/Bearbeiten von Downloads im Upload-Formular gestellt werden können. Außerdem löst jDownloads die 'Herausforderung' von Benutzern, die mehreren Gruppen mit einem 'Wichtigkeits'-Wert angehören.
- Frontend-Edit-Funktionalität:
Sie können in der Konfiguration festlegen, dass bestimmte Benutzergruppen ihre eigenen Downloads über das Frontend bearbeiten/aktualisieren/löschen können. Zusätzlich können Sie jDownloads-Benutzergruppen auswählen, die Downloads in bestimmten Kategorien über das Frontend bearbeiten können.
... und viele andere.

Hier finden Sie eine detailliertere Übersicht über die vielen Funktionen:

Aber am Besten besuchen Sie unsere Demo Installationen und machen Sie sich selbst ein Bild!

Eine Joomla 4 kompatible Version ist in Arbeit und soll Ende 2021 zur Verfügung stehen.


Posted on 20 November 2021
jDownloads has a large number of options to set, which makes it extremely functional. Anyone can easily adapt it to their needs.
Ease of use
Yes, it is simple to use. The multitude of configuration options may scare you at first, but later you only appreciate it.
I have no words here. A new functionality has just been added for me. Arno Betz's patience is top notch :)
I used this to: I use the component to download the invoicing program I wrote. Thanks to jDownloads, all categories are clear and legible on the website.
I have been using jDownloads for many years. I have not found another extension with the same functionality or reliability. Can’t be beat.
Ease of use
jDownloads is simple to set up- easy to get the extension functioning using the preset options and easy to customise to suit exact needs.
Simply amazing. I have had a few occasions where I have needed assistance. The jDownloads team have gone above and beyond to help!
I used this to: Simply put: For PDF downloads on my site. I upload PDFs to the relevant download section and jDownloads does the rest, including creating the thumbnails. Using modules to expand the core component rounds off one of the best extensions available!
jdownloads contains a wide range of features whatever requirements you may have
Ease of use
Really easy to configure in back-end. The documentation provides all information.
The support was outstanding. The replies from Collim was straight to the point.
I didn't really need documentation since the products is very easy to understand.
I used this to: jdownloads was used for a photo download website. USed with k2 it makes the perfect solution.
Multifunctional component. An excellent solution for those who need a download area for their sat.
Ease of use
Visual implementation, easy for beginners, with wide customization possibilities. Various options for accessing download items.
Excellent technical support. Competent and friendly. Help in solving complex issues.
Documentation with step-by-step instructions is available with multilingual translations.
I used this to: Website for the development of e-books. Create an e-book download area for customers with a wide variety of options. Acceptance by order using the UpLoads function and much more.
A wonderful component. You can do so much with JDownloads it is very useful.
Ease of use
JDownloads is very easy to use, for me. it was no problem to set everything up!
The support is really good. Thanks to the producers. The new version will be better.
The documention is really well written. I can find everything my need.
I used this to: I'm using it for free secure file downloads. Always worked well. No problem with joomla.
Excellent functionality, perfectly fulfills its intended purpose.
Ease of use
It's very intuitive and has a lot of customization options. The new version is even better.
Excelent! I recently had a small problem and the developers solved the issue in a few hours.
Extensive and complete and covers practically all aspects of the component.
I used this to: I have been using it to manage downloads and file repository with reserved access.
You can use this extension immediately after installing without using all the many options.
Ease of use
The control panel is easy to navigate with additional tools including backup and restore options.
Since first installed in 2004, I have had excellent support from this team.
The online documentation is excellent if you need it. However, control panel options have clear instructions included with each choice.
I used this to: I use this extension for open source and public domain downloads. The extension will allow you to easily add file to articles. MP4 and MP3 works really well including using the file as a link in your HTML5 plugins or source code or just use the plugin with option to download.

Top Support!

Posted on 12 September 2020
For me the best Download-Tool for Joomla I ever used!!! Top Extension!
Ease of use
Easy installation an good usability. Program does exactly what it should do
Top support!
Having Problem after upgrading, the Support helps even on weekends.
I used this to: Download managing, Download categorization, Download counting, Personalized downloads
Hyper complete, even in the administration of rights, group by group. Very wide configuration.
Ease of use
Yes, but you have to understand the philosophy, after that it's easy.
I used this to: For different download and submission operations on different Association website or French administration website, ...
Functionality is very good, it does the job. You can make nice listings in a short time ...
Ease of use
It's quite intuitive to work with. Haven't had problems with that...
You can describe it in one single word: excellent! (couldn't be better...)
I used this to: Listing documents and schematics/datasheets for download on our website...


Arno Betz
Last updated:
Aug 18 2021
3 months ago
Date added:
Aug 17 2007
GPLv2 or later
Free download
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