Multimedia, Access & Security, Downloads, File Management

Users can upload and share files with other individual users or with specific assigned user groups, so Briefcase factory is allowing the webmaster to easily manage a complete document sharing system, while configuring the limited availability period, as well as benefiting from email notifications and other important settings.

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Key Features

  • User uploaded files
  • Multiple file uploads at once
  • Users can create and share folders
  • Sharing options (publicly, specific users, specific groups)
  • Users can choose to share files only for a limited amount of time (share expires after day X)
  • filtering options (extension, category, status)
  • Settable restrictions of maximum size for files and folders
  • Notification system
  • Quick search bar


  • Multi-language support, UTF-8 support, comes default with English INI language files
  • SEO/SEF friendly
  • Default integration with Joomla! user profile, allowing a single login for Joomla! and component
  • Easy transition to RTL
  • Simple installation, configuration and updating process


  • Unlimited categories and subcategories levels

Main Settings

  • Set number of items and users per page
  • Define allowed extensions for upload
  • Set the maximum number of files that can be uploaded simultaneously
  • Set the maximum allowed size for files and folders
  • Enable/disable notifications
  • Set up the groups users are allowed to share files with
  • Enable/disable administrator overrides
  • Manage permission settings for all user groups (frontend access, management access, share files publicly, download public files, backend access, etc.)

Modules & Plugins

  • Modules that display latest public files, top downloaded public files, latest private shared files (multiple instances module)
  • Statistics module (number of public and total files)


  • 4 Email notifications that can be enabled/disabled by users
  • Customizable email templates

Backend Management

  • Manage files and folders
  • Add bulk files from server
  • User management


  • Joomla! 4.x, 3.x
  • PHP (min. 5.3.0)
  • MySQL (min. 5.1 + )
  • CRON (a general CRON Tutorial is available in our documentation section)
  • cURL, GD2 libraries enabled


It functionally does what it says. It works pretty nicely if you just need the feature that this component does.
Ease of use
It's fairly easy, install it and it works. You might want to make it look a bit different but that is just modifying the views in your temp
I've dealt with their support because I've done a lot of customizing and they are extremely helpful.
Documentation is what it is, just average, but it answers what you need to know.
Value for money
It does what I paid for and the tech support is very good.
I used this to: This runs in a Joomdle system where users are sharing files across it, based on some custom information and grouping.
- Share files with users and usergroups and public - not working
- No language file
- Not responsive
Ease of use
- I just using it like personal file storage
- Support ticket replicates the same answers which are generel. Not for any particular problem
They have written all the truth i have told in the functionalities
Value for money
Paid some 50 euros. But not worth it
I used this to: - I wanted to create a personal file storage for my client.
Owner's reply: TL;DR You are using an outdated version with no support!
It's not our fault that you are insisting to use a two year old version, instead of the latest we provide.

1. First of all you were using an older J! version 2.5. Support for our product is for J! 3.x. We are stating this very clearly on our pages, what are the product requirements. The J! version you are using 2.5 was a long time ago discontinued!
Also, a simple "it's not working" it's not enough to identify issues in such particular cases, especially where a third party template is involved, which interferes with the JS script.

2. Share files with users and usergroups is working properly; you opened a ticket regarding this issue, but when we asked for further information in order to help you, you simply did not follow it. How can we help you if you do not provide any kind of information, not even after we requested several times for it.

3. The product is fully responsive starting with version 4.0.7 launched last year. Stating is not responsive, only because you do not want to update and use a two year old version, is very unfair!

4. As stated on our pages, all components are coming with language files. The language strings are not mixed with code files, they are separately in standard Joomla language files, with the ini extension. We also provide clear documentation regarding the language files.
I'm having a problem using Briefcase with SEF enabled. Then I contacted support and within minutes Erik Folberth response and helped me to fix the problem. I'm really impress with his fast support.

Support has been one of the major advantage that i will look forward in extending my subscription with theFactory.
I agree with the previous reviewer. Difficult to configure software and we had to wait days for email support for a paid commercial version. Not to mention archaic update methods, we had to fill out a form to request updates as opposed to logging into our account and being able to update to the latest version. Not very understanding and friendly support staff and very inconsistent in their support policies. We have purchased every piece of software this company created for our clients hoping for good solutions and without exception, have been disappointed in the code. In situations were the code could have worked, we were disappointed by the support methods, uncooperative staff, and the upgrade hoops we needed to jump through just to get maintenance updates for the software our clients purchased. Save your money, there are much better solutions out there.
Owner's reply: After the incident from 21.09.2012, of course we had to stop providing updates. We provided you support and updates for this product and I don't remember you had any issues with us being "inconsistent". Support is offered in a couple of hours, maximum 24 hours and stating you have waited for days under this "revenge-review", is very misleading for our honest customers.

The process of getting update is very simple on our site, you just have to login and click a few links, and it worked for you as you sure know.

I feel it's unfair that you felt you had to provide a misleading negative review just to get your "revenge". You know very well that you had practically zero issues with product support and updates and also the product configuration is more then easy. You just have to go once through the settings and you have a ready to use product!


Posted on 20 June 2012
Easy to handle but with big limitations: * no possibilities to grant users to access only to specific category.

* no possibilities to create subcategories

* (last but not least) problem dowloading file bigger than 100 MB.

Support is quite good and well organized, but in any case the component doesn't fit our requirements
Owner's reply: We never stated that the current version can allow user limitations to specific categories, nor subcategories.

It would be more fair to post reviews that comment/describe existing features then to post a 1 star negative review due to some "missing' features we never claimed to provide. We are open to any feature requests or needed customizations, but we did not receive any message from you prior to this review.
Posting a 1 star review is totally in contradiction with your own statements "Easy to handle", "Support is quite good and well organized". Does that count for nothing ?
We are sorry that you hastly posted this review with just 1 star, clearly meaning to give us more then that.

Also the problems you mentioned with the downloading are a mixture of hosting-connection issues, since the code contains no limitations in this direction.


Posted on 09 February 2012
Solid document managing system, never had any trouble with it from install to this day, it does what it’s supposed to. Simple to use, even more simple to configure. I recommend this if you want an all purpose file sharing platform, or just want to store files online for remote use.

Good job guys

Posted on 01 February 2012
Took me a while to find something like this, but better late than never. A lot of great extensions never made it to joomla 1.6 and further, i’m glad this is still around and with active support.

Truly rugged extension for document management, a lot of sharing modes and features.

Every website should integrate something like this for its users.

Easy to use

Posted on 17 January 2012
Briefcase Factory was the thing i needed for file sharing, easy to install and use with lots of features.

It allows users to share files publicly or just for a specific user. The user can set a date at which his upload will expire.

One thing i liked especially was the sharing system of files, files can be shared with a single user, with designated admins, with all users, not shared at all and downloads can be restricted for guests or specific user groups.

I am very glad i found this.
I bought this extension to perform some specific file sharing tasks and it's doing them perfectly. It installed in a click, it was fairly easy to find the right settings for my usage, and it looks pretty good if you use a template to begin with. The few appearance modifications I needed to make were not hard to figure out.

There are so few additions to Joomla that allow for this type of file functionality, I found the price well worth the expenditure, and the couple wee questions I had.. were answered pretty darn fast and very nicely (and thoroughly).

Thumbs up for sure.

good extension

Posted on 01 August 2010
A nice addon for a social networking site – having a documents repository. Is pretty much inspired from the now defunct Yahoo briefcase (I think that’s why they have the briefcase name). The script is pretty neat, and works ok. There are some features I would like to see in the next versions (embedded video player?), but overall I have no complaints – it’s doing what it says it does, it is easy to install and configure, and there are no bugs I that I noticed so far.

I really enjoyed thefactory extensions, so a big thanks to you guys !
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Briefcase Factory

Last updated:
Dec 13 2018
Date added:
Jun 26 2009
GPLv2 or later
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