Add From Server


The heart of a CMS is the ability to upload and insert content, WordPress does a fantastic job at this, unfortunately, some web hosts have limited servers, or users simply do not have the ability to upload large files through their web browser.
Add From Server is designed to help ease this pain, You can upload a bunch of files via FTP (Or your favourite transmission method) and simply import those files from the webserver directly into WordPress.


  • The import manager, This allows you to select which files to import. Note that files which cannot be imported are Red.
  • The Options panel, This allows you to specify what users can access Add From Server, and which folders users can import files from.


What placeholders can I use in the Root path option?

You can use %role% and %username% only.
In the case of %role%, the first role which the user has is used, this can mean that in complex installs where a user has many roles that using %role% could be unreliable.

Why does the file I want to import have a red background?

WordPress only allows the importing/uploading of certain file types to improve your security.
If you wish to add extra file types, you can use a plugin such as: You can also enable “Unfiltered uploads” globally for WordPress if you’d like to override this security function. Please see the WordPress support forum for details.

Where are the files saved?

If you import a file which is outside your standard upload directory (usually wp-content/uploads/) then it will be copied to your current upload directory setting as normal.
If you however import a file which is already within the uploads directory (for example, wp-content/uploads/2011/02/ then the file will not be copied, and will be used as-is.

I have a a bug report

You can report bugs in the plugins Support Forum here


Indispensable Plugin for New Sites with old content

I’m trying to freshen a site that was designed several years ago and uses a 3.8.x version of WordPress with customized WordPress core files and parent theme. Yeah, I know, the original programmer should have done things differently. Due to the inability to just “upgrade” the site, I’ve installed a fresh copy of WordPress 4.8, a new theme, and am now cutting/pasting content from old site to new.

That’s working fine, except for the media gallery. Despite having to process media one sub-folder at a time, and having to select only the ROOT image (because old generated images are not the same size as with new theme), I am finding this plugin absolutely indispensable.

One improvement I would make is to add a third option for date setting: manually setting the date based on the yyyy/mm value of the current server files. This would ensure that images moved via server could occupy the exact corresponding sub-folder on the “new” platform, making it less difficult to verify that posts with embedded images use the correct URL.

Works Well, Could Be More Intelligent

Generally did what I wanted it to do. As mentioned, interface could be better at handing large lists of files. The biggest issue I had was importing a legacy WordPress uploads folder — it didn’t recognize WordPress’ naming convention for resized images and imported them all as separate library items (so every distinct image had 4 or 5 entries in the library.)

Works well but interface is awful

Did the job well and I appreciate that, but it would be trivial to make it much easier to use by not having to scroll all the way to the bottom of a file list to submit. Also add directory navigation at the top to also avoid having to scroll half way down after import has completed

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Contributors & Developers

“Add From Server” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Fixes some scenario’s where the translation warning sticks around for translated (and other english locales)
  • Fixes a PHP Warning
  • Support per-user locales
  • Bumps required version of WordPress to 4.5+


  • Security Fix: Fixes a CSRF vulnerability which could be used to trick a user into importing a large file to their site. Props to Edwin Molenaar (
  • Fix a typo that caused subsequent plugin activations to fail if the server doesn’t meet the Add From Server requirements
  • Fix a path mismatch on certain windows configurations (No longer need to specify uppercase disk markers)
  • Import Audio metadata and store image/audio metadata in the same manner as core.


  • Fix plugin activation


  • The plugin now requires WordPress 4.0 and PHP 5.4 as a minumum requirement.
  • Updated to use translation system, please submit translations through
  • Updated to WordPress 4.3 styles