Downloads, File Management

Extensive Download Manager for Joomla!

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Many 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 www.jdownloads.net or www.transifex.com.

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: 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):


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.


It has everything you could want out of a Download Manager.

Ease of use

Extremely easy to use.


Top notch support, and they're doing it for free.


There's an entire website dedicated to how to use the plugin.

I used this to: A site that offers game file downloads.


Thanks a million for this very useful and powerful tool!

Ease of use

Absolutely clear and easy to use for all types of users


Excellent support! A special thank to Colin who helped me patiently: he is very professional but also does his job with all his heart!


I honestly haven't used any documentation as its all so easy

I used this to: I'm using this extension for building a private area for a European partnership

A powerfull component

Posted on 18 October 2017

Using free version I have anything needed to build a download by subscription system.

Ease of use

Frontend is almost easy to use, but using many features in backend involves additional requirements.


Superb. Fully compromised and deep knowlegde makes that you'll get your issues solved.


Excellent. Well structured and wide.

I used this to: Create a private download by subscription area.

Wonderful Component

Posted on 23 June 2017

A wonderful component. You can do so much with jDownloads it is pretty insane.

Ease of use

jDownloads is very easy to use, for me as a beginner it was no problem to set everything up!


The support is really great.Thanks to the producers.


The documention is really well written. I can find everything you need.

I used this to: I used this to my personal site.


Posted on 01 April 2017

I think it is a very great extension. It can do almost anything, and fullfill all my needs for a private area video download file system

Ease of use

I'm a beginner, but I have been able to set it up. Eveytime I struggled, the guys of the forum are ind enouh to help you big time.


Nothing short of awesome. I had administrator look at my jooml website to help me !

I used this to: setting up private area where my customers can download there video.

Great Component

Posted on 06 February 2017

Complete and flexible. I have used it for years but it continues to amaze me.

Ease of use

Easy to use even for a novice like me.


I have only one word to assess the support received: superb!


Full but the forum is richer and constantly updated.

I used this to: My personal site.

Awsome Support

Posted on 03 August 2016

Does what i need it to do and more

Ease of use

Pretty strait forward


These guys went over and beyond to solve the file upload problem i was having in windows.


Very compleate

I used this to: User uploads and downloads of useful software

Great support

Posted on 07 July 2016

Rich functionality and improving. Very configurable

Ease of use

Frontend very easy to use, backend a little confused


very kind and fast support.


Complete documentation with examples

I used this to: Managing and showing a lot of pdf downloads in a school site


Arno Betz
Last updated:
Nov 01 2018
Date added:
Aug 17 2007
GPLv2 or later
Free download

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