Upload Media By URL


Upload your files to the WordPress Media Library by URL.

Known Issues


Technical Details

Once you add in your URL(s), the plugin will download and add them to the media library.

Additional Info

This plugin does not alter any aspect of the image or your website and uses the natural WordPress functions to download and insert media into your library.
If a URL does not exist or there is an issue with a URL, you will not receive any error, and nothing will happen.

Copyright Info

Copyright (C) 2015-2020 NoteToServices

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA


  • Upload Media By URL functionality
  • Upload Media By URL button on Media Library screen
  • Upload Media By URL button below Upload New Media


  1. Install and activate the Upload Media By URL plugin
  2. Navigate to WordPress Media Library
  3. Click on the Upload Media By URL button
  4. Enter in any amount of URLs separated by a new line and they will be inserted into your media library


Q: Is this plugin free?
A: Yes, there is no charge to use this plugin.

Q: Does UMBU change the way files are uploaded?
A: The plugin does not alter images in any way and only uses the natural functions built into WordPress to download files and insert them into the media gallery.

Q: How many URLs can I add?
A: You could probably add as many URLs as you wish, but it is best to keep the limits of about 20 URLs at a time.

Q: Why did you create this plugin?
A: To save time. While you can go to a post and add your media by a URL, you can only do a single URL and it will be inserted “as is” into your post meaning it will use whatever URL you copied.

With this plugin, you can go directly to the media library and add as many URLs as you want to add them into the media library.

Q: How do I use this plugin?
A: The location of the button is on the Media Library screen.


September 26, 2020
The Plugin is kool, but does it add external images from posts when being uploaded? I've searched and no good Plugin seems to have this feature. Auto upload images duplicates images when adding them to media server
July 24, 2020
This plugins works fine. Please add the it as a tab to upload from url when selecting media on front end.
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Fixed an error regarding $this within umbumedia class.


Tested up to WordPress 5.5.1.


Bug fix: compatibility issue with PHP 7.4.


Basic functionality.