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 (not completed):

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, ...
Setting up categories was simple enough, however associating files with categories was difficult and documentation tutorials are lacking
Ease of use
Installation and set up are simple, but to get the full effects of this extension requires trial and error as there are no tutorials
As stated there is not much documentation available so perhaps the developer or a user will address this. Tutorials would help greatly!
I used this to: Ebook and audio visual repository website where visitors can download files for usage
Owner's reply: We are puzzled by your review as it does not match other reviews of jDownloads, particularly about the Documentation.
Presently jDownloads has 69 tutorial articles in 10 categories for the released jD3.2 series. There are also a further 59 tutorials in 10 categories for the forthcoming jD3.9 series, which is in the beta release state, and with more articles pending.

When you click on the JED or anywhere else to download jDownloads you get to the site The top menu bar has links to the Forum, Documentation, Demo and Translations. Clicking on the documentation link shows the links to the articles above.
Also the JED page itself contains a link to the same documentation.
Perhaps for some unknown reason you could not connect to the documentation site.

Because of our deep concern we have taken the time to analyse these documentation reviews on the JED. Since rating for documentation began in April 2015 we have had 36 reviews giving the documentation a total of 173 stars, including your current one of 1.5 stars. Thus the average rating is 4.8 stars, that is 96%. If one excludes your rating then the average is 4.9 or 98%.

The next lowest rating is 3.5 stars. The author of that review commented in the documentation "The documention is really well written. I can find everything my need."! Support was similarly rated but Functionality and Ease of use were both rated at 5 star. There was also the comment: "I used this to: I'm using it for free secure file downloads. Always worked well. No problem."

Analysing Support gives very similar results to Documentation.

We kindly ask if you could please look at the documentation (direct link is and possibly revise your review.
Best Regards
jDownloads Team
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...
Works great as described, you will be satisfied with what it brings, especially useful when going as a free extension.
Ease of use
It is a bit difficult but you will not take much time to understand it, everything is working softly
I used this to: Downloaded media projects, most of them use it if you need a joomla site to support download
This extension serves me exactly how I wanted it to! Direct delays without unnecessary delays create a great customer experience
Ease of use
It is relatively easy to use for tech-newbies despite the potential challenges one may face in creating shortcodes.
Reliable support team made me like it even more. I didn't really seek help from them, but some suggestions for future updates.
Clear and easy to follow the documentation. However, I believe it can be made even better for newbies.
I used this to: A recently launched a downloads section on my health blog where readers can download posters and guide books

Really great extension!

Posted on 21 January 2019
Functionality for a wide range of use cases - from providing a few downloads to extensive download directories, everything is possible.
Ease of use
Easy to operate after a short familiarisation period.
Very good and friendly support via forum.
Very well documented.
I used this to: Providing some Downloads on my site.
It works as it should and more!
Ease of use
Easy as cake and fully understandable.
When the component is great you do not have need to contact support :)
Well documented.
I used this to: Managing downloads on my website.
Great features
Ease of use
Very easy
Good support by forum
Complete documentation
I used this to: Health PDF ebooks downloads manager
Very powerful software with lots of possibilities...
Ease of use
Nevertheless it is quite simple to set up.
Support is awesome - replies in the forum come fast and if all fails, there is an excellent personal support by the jD-Team
I used this to: The possibility for frontend-uploads on my medical website, well protected by SSL.


Arno Betz
Last updated:
Oct 03 2020
3 weeks ago
Date added:
Aug 17 2007
GPLv2 or later
Free download
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