Download Monitor


Download Monitor provides an interface for uploading and managing downloadable files (including support for multiple versions), inserting download links into posts and logging downloads!


  • Add, edit and remove downloads from a familiar WP interface; Your downloads are just like posts.
  • Sell your downloads from within your WordPress website!
  • 100% Gutenberg compatible, including a new Download Monitor Download Block. Type /download to use it!
  • Quick-add panel for adding downloads / files whilst editing posts.
  • Add multiple file versions to your downloads each with their own data like download count and file links.
  • Define alternative links (mirrors) per download version.
  • Categorize, tag, or add other meta to your downloads.
  • Display download links on the frontend using shortcodes.
  • Change the way download links get displayed via template files.
  • Track downloads counts and log user download attempts.
  • Member only downloads, requires users to be logged in to download your files.
  • Customisable endpoints for showing pretty download links.

Download Monitor has been featured on the websites of some of the most popular and leading businesses in the WordPress ecosystem, such as WPBeginner, Pagely, Jilt, WP Fusion & Kinsta.

Download Monitor Extensions

  • Buttons: Create beautiful, fully customizable download buttons for your files.
  • Downloading Page: Serve your downloads from a separate page.
  • Google Drive: Lets you use the files hosted on your Google Drive as Download Monitor files.
  • Advanced Access Manager: Create advanced download limitations per download and on a global level.
  • Email Notification: Trigger an email notification whenever one of your files is downloaded.
  • Page Addon: List downloads, categories, tags, and show info pages about each of your resources using a simple shortcode.
  • Lock downloads option: Set restrictions to your download functionality using MailChimp Lock, Email Lock, CAPTCHA, Twitter Lock
  • Gravity Forms Gated Content: easily create a download gate with Gravity Forms. Require users to fill-in a form before accessing a download.
  • Ninja Forms Lock: if you are an user of Ninja Forms, you can also use this to require users to fill-in of a form before accesing a download.


We have a large Knowledge Base on our Download Monitor website that contains documentation about how to how to setup and use Download Monitor.

Are you a new Download Monitor user? Read these articles on how to get your files ready for download with Download Monitor:

  1. How to install Download Monitor
  2. How to add your first download in Download Monitor
  3. How to list your first download on your website with the download shortcode

More advanced topics that a lot of people find interesting:

  1. Learn more about the different ways you can style your download buttons
  2. Learn more about how to customize your download buttons
  3. Learn more about what actions and filters are available in Download Monitor

Contributing and reporting bugs

You can contribute code to this plugin via GitHub:
You can contribute localizations via Transifex


– Search our extensive knowledge base for documentation about installing the plugin/the extensions, available settings and how to use them.
– Browse Download monitor’s WordPress forum to find answers to your queries or create a new topic.
Contact us directly for support.

3rd party or external service disclaimer

The plugin connects to our website through an API call ( in order to request a list of available extensions.


Our privacy policy can be found at this URL


  • Easily add downloads to your website with our Gutenberg block!
  • The main admin screen lists your downloads using familiar WordPress UI.
  • Easily add file information and multiple versions.
  • The quick add panel can be opened via a link about the post editor. This lets you quickly add a file and insert it into a post.


This plugin provides 1 block.

  • Download Button


Automatic installation

Automatic installation is the easiest option as WordPress handles the file transfers itself and you don’t even need to leave your web browser. To do an automatic install, log in to your WordPress admin panel, navigate to the Plugins menu and click Add New.

In the search field type “Download Monitor” and click Search Plugins. Once you’ve found the plugin you can view details about it such as the the point release, rating and description. Most importantly of course, you can install it by clicking Install Now.

Manual installation

The manual installation method involves downloading the plugin and uploading it to your webserver via your favourite FTP application.

  • Download the plugin file to your computer and unzip it
  • Using an FTP program, or your hosting control panel, upload the unzipped plugin folder to your WordPress installation’s wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  • Activate the plugin from the Plugins menu within the WordPress admin.


Can I upload .xxx filetype using the uploader?

Download Monitor uses the WordPress uploader for uploading files. By default these formats are supported:

  • Images – .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif
  • Documents – .pdf, .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ppsx, .odt, .xls, .xlsx
  • Music – .mp3, .m4a, .ogg, .wav
  • Video – .mp4, .m4v, .mov, .wmv, .avi, .mpg, .ogv, .3gp, .3g2

To add more you can use a plugin, or filters. This post is a good resource for doing it with filters: Change WordPress Upload Mime Types.

Can I link to external downloads?

Yes, you can use both local paths and external URLs.

My Download links 404

Download links are powered by endpoints. If you find them 404’ing, go to Settings > Permalinks and save. This will flush the permalinks and allow our endpoints to be added.

Download counts are not increasing when I download something

Admin hits are not counted, log out and try again!


July 1, 2024 1 reply
We needed a plugin that could both protect specific media files for specific roles as well as keep track of who was accessing those files. The Download Monitor provided that and so much more at a very reasonable price. We had a minor issue understanding how metric tracking was working so we reached out to support for clarification. Their response was lightning fast and they worked with us both to understand how it worked and how to tweak things to make sure it performed exactly how we needed it to work for our use case. Highly recommend this plugin!
June 21, 2024 1 reply
Very useful to organize the evolution of download files
June 15, 2024 1 reply
Unfailing solid plug-in. Have had it on my site for about 2 years and it’s working just fine!
May 29, 2024 1 reply
I’ve been using Download Monitor for over 6 years – never had a problem. Works flawlessly. Recommended. Does what it says, what more could anyone want.
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Contributors & Developers

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


“Download Monitor” has been translated into 16 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.


4.9.14 – 27.05.2024

Fixed: Security issue, thanks to Arkadiusz Hydzik for reporting it.

4.9.13 – 15.04.2024

Fixed: Enforce on what pages should the ID pe appended in the title ( #1443 )
Fixed: WP 6.5 compatibility for fresh installs ( #1442 )

4.9.12 – 11.04.2024

Fixed: Lite vs Premium page not showing when a license is not added.( #1441 )

4.9.11 – 16.02.2024

Changed: Removed Freemius
Fixed: Slight UI fixes

4.9.10 – 05.02.2024

Fixed: Versions download link for the “Version list” template ( #1422 )

4.9.9 – 30.01.2024

Fixed: Performance issue fix

4.9.8 – 25.01.2024

Fixed: Products update problem ( #1415 )
Fixed: PHP Warnings on non-defined Download templates ( #1413 )

4.9.7 – 23.01.2024

Fixed: [] operator not supported for strings error. ( #1409 )
Fixed: User reports not showing user name & role. ( #1410 )

4.9.6 – 22.01.2024

Changed: Moved, removed and updated admin settings for “General” section ( #1346 )
Changed: Moved, renamed and updated admin settings for “Shop” section ( #1347 )
Changed: Moved, removed and updated admin settings for “Advanced” section ( #1348 )
Changed: Prevent Duplicate Downloads ON by default on production(live) websites. ( #1350 )
Changed: Reports – don’t get users without downloads. ( #1313 )
Fixed: Removed nonce check on reports for WordPress’ own requests ( #1383 )
Added: Templates section where the user can see overridden templates. Also, moved the Misc section in the General tab ( #1389 )
Added: Dynamic data to plugin’s templates, now offering way to add attributes to the link without needing to override the template ( #1385 )
Added: Open in new tab option when selecting “Redirect to file” option ( #1386 )
Added: Alert if some PHP functions/modules are disabled ( #1392 )
Changed: Do not take into consideration the 60s window for unique downloads on localhost or staging ( #1350 )
Fixed: Disabling file browser from wp-config.php ( #1259 )
Changed: Moved external hosting upsell to its own metabox ( #1405 )

You can read the complete changelog here