This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.



Autodownload enables your WordPress blog to provide links to files on your server.
Emphasize has been put on ease of use and thus it does most of the things automagically.
Installation of Autodownload is easy and should not take more than 5 minutes (if not less!).
Once Autodownload was configured you can used in your posts or pages. A simple function call
automatically generates links to files in a given directory. Adding new links is then a
matter of uploading files into this directory and does not need further interaction with
WordPress. Optionally you can also add descriptions to the links and configure the html.


  • Works with posts and pages
  • Nearly no configuration (one configuration variable!!!)
  • Automatically generates links to files and wraps them in list items or a html table
  • Multiple download sources within one post or page
  • Files can be sorted either by name or by modification time
  • Generates links for every occurrence of “file name” in a post or page text
  • Supports link descriptions
  • Include/Exclude patterns support


  • Screenshot showing the (only) configuration variable for the autodownload plugin
  • Backend. That's how a post/page source looks like
  • Result of what was defined in the post/page source.


This section describes how to install the plugin.

For complete instructions on how to perform the installation, please see
Autodownload homepage.

API change in version 1.4 and above! Autodownload now provides only one callable
function ad_filesList and a new function argument syntax. For backward compatibility
though, the old functions can still apply and need not to be updated.

  1. Download autodownload from the wordpress plugin central
  2. Unpack the archive and upload it to your WordPress plugins directory
    (usually wp-content/plugins)
  3. [optional] If you want to change the default download root directory
    (it defaults to wp-content/) then go to the Autodownload options page and change it
  4. In any post or page you want to add links to files you must call ad__filesList.
    The results of this call can be configured with parameters. A function call is always
    enclosed in a HTML comment. Please refer to the
    Autodownload homepage
    for a list of available parameters and their meaning.
  5. [optional] If you want to add a description to the links either add a file named
    ad_descritions.desc (the first entry refers to the first file, the second entry to the
    second file, etc.) in the directory where your files reside or, for each file in the
    directory, create a text file with the equal name but with extension .desc
    (i.e. myFile.tar.gz -> myFile.tar.gz.desc). A comment in, i.e. myFile.tar.gz.desc,
    has precedence over the global comments file ad_descriptions.desc.


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Contributors & Developers

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