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):

This software is buggy

Posted on 16 March 2015

Not useable in a Joomla multilanguage installation because jDownloads generates crude language links and violates Joomla handling standards.


No response to my service request within 3 days ...

I used this to: a business website

The extension fulfill my needs completely as a small and easy to use download extension with useful plugins.

Additional is has a great and fast support!

Super Support

Posted on 20 August 2014

Aufgrund einer Übersiedelung der Website haben sich interne Strukturen verschoben und das Programm hat nicht mehr funktioniert. Mir wurde sofort im Forum geholfen und das Problem konnte behoben werden.


1) documentation is good! much better than lots of other extensions on this platform

2) easy to install

3) easy to use

4) very flexible

I use this component for a sports club to share some files of interest to the members of the club only. the work for this club is voluntary, so I searched for a component which is free. this one works best for me!

keep up the excellent work!

A Flexible Friend

Posted on 11 March 2014

I've tried several similar packages but jDownloads is far and away the most flexible and easily configurable of them all. The only place in which it falls down slightly is in the searching. The standard package offers a search on only the title and description.

A drawback of all these packages is that each file (download) item can only be referenced by a single category. It's true that you can create loads of categories and sub-categories, but each file can only belong to one of them at a time.

Fortunately, jDownloads allows you to use several other fields - and even create custom fields. With a little research and effort, I found that I was able to expand the search routines to cover as many fields as I wanted. This makes it - for me - by far the best of the other packages on offer.

The English language is slightly curious at points but, coming from a non-English developer, it's understandable and perfectly forgiveable.

It also relies fairly heavily on tables for display purposes, but there is easy access to the relevant templates and nothing to stop you substituting some decent CSS formats instead.

Overall, if you're looking for a really thorough and flexible component, I would strongly recommend that you start with this!


Posted on 23 February 2014

Used this extension in the past and when I needed one for another site, I came here. This time for a 3.x Joomla site. Works great with issues at all. Great list features, but also can just display a clean module with a download list.

Only downside is their documentation. Looks like their working on it though..

This is the one you need. Just download it.

Best in it's class

Posted on 27 December 2013

Having experimented with MANY different document repository and download management extensions, I can safely say that this is BY FAR the absolute best.

It is user-friendly, extremely well documented within the admin environment, and (most importantly) HIGHLY adaptable for any layout. This should be the benchmark for not just other download management extensions, but every component in general (including the core installation).

Well done, good sir! Well done!

Great component

Posted on 30 November 2013

Great component... especially if you want to have an advanced and flexible download system on your site.

The frontend edit functionality and the granular user group permissions powers get jDownloads up.

The layout system is also very useful. I can add/remove anything to/from any place from the Joomla editor.

Lastly, the content plugin is very powerful. It has so much options as you feel like it's a separate component.

Thanks for this great component Arno!

Just another excelent

Posted on 29 November 2013

I am just adding my review, because I think it is worth it! I am using this component with Joomla 2.5.16 and a complex user management and it is amazing and just excellent.

This is a big thank you to the programmer.

Danke schön!

This is a good component, does all the upload/download job and it is very customizable. Lightweight in the code, easy CSS customization of the frontend, good frontend upload manager. I relly like the ability to enable or disable public/registered/special user permission to upload via front end. This is a must have component for download sections. And it's FREE! Only backend file publishing is a bit bugged beacuse if you don't fill all the mandatory fields when uploading, the returned message clears all and you must start from zero the uploading information. But for sure this will be solved by the developers.


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

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