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):

Good Component

Posted on 27 August 2013

It's a good component for your use. Keep in mind it has different releases so choose an appropriate one for your Joomla version. I had a a good experience using this component.

Nice job

Posted on 22 August 2013

" I used it for my several sites. It is really good and comfortable component. I'm satisfied with it"

I've tested several other download manager extensions, but finally decided to stick with this one. It works great and has a lot of features. And has an awesome support on the forums (considering this is not a comemrcial extension). I posted an issue and the author himself replied quickly with very helpful information on how to troubleshoot and fix the problem. Highly recommended extension.

It works very well with english file name, but for chinese one it's a problem.

sometimes the file is uploaded but then afterwards it cannot be found. Even if I can upload, the original chinese file name will become strange characters. If I disable the BE option to remove space and special characters, problem still exists.


Posted on 23 January 2013

Have been using JDownloads for nearly a year now. It's a fantastic extension and FOR FREE! It takes a little bit of work to customize it to your liking, but its not at all difficult. There are just various layouts and how you want them to be displayed on your site.

The frontend upload is quick and easy to use. Staff have been uploading content on a regular basis without any real problems. JDownloads also has many plug-ins as well, and the ones I've used work flawlessly.

Current version (build 931) seems to have fixed my only gripes (had build 925 previously) which was issues with Google Chrome. It use to be that I could not delete files from the frontend, and also could not Cancel out of a file in the backend. These problems are fixed now! All is good!

Owner's reply: Many thanks for your positive review.
Your quoted problems with some buttons in the jDownloads backend, has exists only for some users and has to do with the activated editors and special template settings.

Excellent job

Posted on 03 December 2012

A greeting, entities of nothing, excuses for my English low level, I am Spanish and alone I want to express what I sit, hope that I understand myself, want to express my gratefulness for his great work, jdownload is a component of great potential and helps to create qualit pages, thanks to his good work, soundkraken my social network for free musicians, is a sitios of first and thanks to you, it should know that I promise to collaborate in the development of his project nothing any more reaches my aims, I invite him to explore my project also it is his house, thank you very much again and luck with the development, do not lose this line, excellent work

Super composant!!

Posted on 27 September 2012


Great component with many modules, very full, easily modifiable template and very good support. Congratulations and thank you for this work.



Posted on 18 September 2012

I was setting up a new laptop to replace the one that met with an untimely death, who's hard drive was obliterated. While trying to replace all my purchased Joomla extensions, I was up to "Docman" and could not remember the password. I tried several times to retrieve it but no response. So I logged in to the repository and found this one.

Free, no login to download, extremely easy to install and use, works exceptionally well, lets me have catetories for public, author, etc... just upload the files to a folder, WOW how easy is that?

I just wonder what these folks are getting out of all this... I mean, they don't even ask for an EMAIL address to get the component and all the plugins & modules. They must be independently wealthy!

Thanks for such a great component, you have saved my life.

jdownloads is a good component. No doubt. Is easy to customize (css) and to use. Has a great number of functions, like support for AUP, Custom licenses text, User upload...

The main lack is that it actually miss RSS feeds that i hope will be included in new version. (so, please Arno add it)

Another problem for me was the upgrade from j1.5 version to 1.6+ (joomla). The backup function does not work as it should!

By the way, joomla download components are quite too simple. This is sure one of the best.. And can be sure the top with some new functions.. RSS...?

Owner's reply: Thanks for your review. But why has you not posted your backup/restore problem in the support forum?
By the way, i think you has not exactly observed the Joomla 2.5 update how-to in the FAQ. It is very important that you install the last jD 1.8.x release before you create the new backup file.

Hi! I have used the amazing component to my website and it works exactly what it says. Configuration is very easy and options are plenty which gives you enough control on who can download which files.


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

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