Download from files


With this plugin you can paste downloadable documents into articles on your site. You can select a folder, specify that the folders below it appear, or even a single file. These can be downloaded by users.

The plugin is very simple. It doesn’t count downloads, it doesn’t scan permissions, but you can add a new download very easily: You copy it to the server and it already appears. (It takes the name from the descript.ion file, so if you copy it too, even the name will be correct.)

However, the plugin offers two things: When you upload a document to its interface, it normalizes the file name so that it does not contain characters that could cause confusion. The other thing is that if you set it that way, it will hide the direct link to the file. (Of course, don’t think about some big encryption, but it won’t be clear to the average user.)

Main functions

  • No database management!
    The plugin does not manage a database other than its settings. Read the files and all their attributes (tags, order) from the file system. If you copy (eg via FTP), you can also copy them.
  • Order
    You can also set the order of folders and files.
  • Titles
    The plugin supports naming documents (via descript.ion file) and displays the names.
  • Properties
    Display the type and size of the document (Not displayed by default, but you can also display the date and time of the document with a custom template.)
  • Extensions support
    You can specify globally and occasionally which document formats can appear on the page.
  • Hide direct link
    Hide the link to the document from the user in a switchable way. (Of course, don’t think of some big encryption here!)
  • Template support
    There are four types of display templates available in the plugin that can be overridden in the (child) theme. In addition, you can create and use custom templates.
  • CSS and JS support in the template
    If there is a CSS or JS file in the template folder, it will load it.
  • Maintenance free
    You don’t have to log in to the WordPress admin interface either. You upload the doc to the appropriate folder on ftp, and the user can download it from there.
  • Auto refresh
    If you use the Very simple file upload plugin to upload, it will automatically update the list of files.

Detailed Description and Examples

On the extension’s website


Facebook support group


  • In folders
  • Without folders
  • One file
  • Hide link
  • Settings
  • Usage downloads in backend
  • Button for shortcode
  • Select folder


  1. Update your WordPress page
  2. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/download-from-files directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  3. Activate the plugin through the Plugins screen in WordPress
  4. Set the default settings in the Settings -> Download setting screen on “Setting” tab
  5. You are done, you can now paste the downloads shortcode into the content.


January 31, 2021
Very handy and simple to use. With well thought options and nice rendering. If you want to manage files download without complication, you have to test this.
December 19, 2020
This plugin is super simple - yet very powerful. It allows you to serve documents up directly from the filesystem of your site. No need to add documents and metadata etc to an already overcrowded media library. Just add the plugin point it at a folder and you can select sub folder structures inside for display in you site for immediate download. Following that the folders can be maintained with FTP alone. Upload your content and its there. No mocking around. As it should be. On top of that Dovi_42 has been extremely helpful and fast with any problems I have encountered. Highly recommended plugin.
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Contributors & Developers

“Download from files” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Improve an update error message (does not affect operation)


  • Change parameters processing


  • Manage “class” variable in built-in templates
  • Icon off possibility in shortcode (icon=””)


  • Minor changes


  • Check is writeable folder


  • Add XAMPP support


  • WordPress 5.7 compatibility


  • New template management system and built-in templates


  • Add display shortcode in browse folders


  • You can switch to renaming files


  • Add [download-from-tree] shortcode


  • Optional “This folder is empty.” text


  • If you use the “Very Simple File Upload” plugin to upload, it will automatically update the list of files.


  • Support quote characters in descriptions


  • Error correction


  • Support Very simple file upload plugin


  • Possibility to use several templates
  • If there is a CSS file in the template folder, it will load it


  • First published version