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):

Best dl manager

Posted on 10 June 2008

It's a nice component but if you have files on other server you can't link to this. could you resolve this thx!!!!

Owner's reply: Hi ronny! Thanks for your review. In the moment, i work on the v1.2.2 and i think, i find a solution for the extern files problem... Regards Arno

Excellent Component

Posted on 17 May 2008

This download component is the best alternative in others. Yes, there are deficiencies but it improves consistently. Their features that like i want exactly. Very very thanks ;)

Wow, loaded very easily, easy to configure, works straight out of the box.

Well done guys


Posted on 03 May 2008

This component is great, highly customizable.

I just found one problem, downloads are not resume supported , can it be fixed?

Owner's reply: Hi wis3crack,
sorry, i understand not exactly what you mean. Please use the support forum on my website.

Good extension. Works very well. Nice Front-end / Back-End.

Great Template & configuration features.


1. If a client does not select any files to don load the error is in German and you have to edit the .js file to change this.

2. It would nice if you could have a URL to download a single file that would still notify the administrator of the download -or- a mambot to allow you to insert a tag eg. {jDownload=1} in content to get a download URL.

Owner's reply: The javascript messages are fixed in v1.2!
A plugin is planed. ;)


Posted on 16 February 2008

Just what I needed. Worked perfectly first time! Yay!

Works for me!!!

Posted on 31 January 2008

This component is good and works out of the box without problems. Also highly configurable. A frontend upload feature, I think would really be helpful.

Owner's reply: Hi w_hoami,
i worked hard on the next Release 1.2 for Joomla 1.0.x and i hope it to publish in the next weeks (a frontend upload function is finished!).

Details to the next release, can you find shortly on my Website.
Best Regards
Arno Betz

I would very much like to use it - it has many interesting ideas and is much easier to use than others. Yet, what it does not provide, and is essential, is a way of hiding the uploaded content.

To explain in more detail: You install the component and make use of a protected download-folder, expecting it to recast the contents of the files as new links. But it does not do that - it simply redirects...

Owner's reply: Hi joachski,
in the next release this is changed and i hope it to published in february.

It would be good to get this translated towards English for global useage.

Owner's reply: The release 1.2 included english, german and russian language files in the moment.

Even though I don't speak (or read) German, this looks to be exactly what we're looking for. Anxiously awaiting a stable public version -- in English.


Arno Betz
Last updated:
Sep 19 2017
Date added:
Aug 17 2007
GPLv2 or later
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