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 or

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):

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.

This has Massive potential!

Posted on 21 August 2007
Although I don't know any german I have been testing this component as much as I can. So far this is exactly what I need for a site that I am creating. Without an English language file I can't test anymore but if development continues as it is this will be an essential component to have.


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