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File Download Manager Plugin for WordPress by CreativeMinds

The CM WordPress File Download Manager plugin creates a secure file sharing directory to easily upload, download, and share text files, videos, and images.

Protect files with unique passwords, restrict file access on a per user basis, charge for downloads via EDD payment platforms, and much more! Get all the tools you need to build an online course, community database, or HR dashboard with this powerful plugin.

The Best Secure WP File and Download Management Solution

The CM WordPress File Manager Plugin is a superb solution to build a file sharing directory similar to Google Drive or Dropbox on your WordPress site.

Securely upload different file types, give file access based on user permissions, create payment plans to access file downloadabls, and much more!

Searchable Database

The plugin creates an index page listing all downloads by category, allowing multi level browsing and easy filtering by topic.

File downloads can be located by searching for keyword or tag, letting your users quickly find what they need. Users can can search files and download a zip archive with every file or files from a specific category within your online library.

Index Page Showing All Available Downloads
Index Page Showing All Available Downloads
Lewis Wolk, Owner, AtoZfitness.com

Lewis Wolk, Owner, AtoZfitness.com: "The Best Support Ever! - This is the most amazing file manager plugin! The CreativeMinds team goes above and beyond to make sure you are happy. The plugin is flawless and CreativeMinds thought of everything. If you need a file download manager don’t waste your time looking elsewhere as I did. This is the only one you will ever need."

Unique File Download Page

The WordPress File Download Manager plugin lets you generate a unique landing page for each downloadable file that can easily be customized by the user.

Password Protected File Download Page
Password Protected File Download Page

The download landing page contains such valuable features as:

  • Customizable file description
  • File preview, with an embedded video or audio player if needed
  • File download specs including: download counter, page views, file size, and download rating
  • File download button or download link, with ability to link to external downloads
  • A dedicated file specific support forum

Downloads Access Settings

Thanks to a highly detailed access permissions infrastructure, the document management plugin lets you choose whether a file will be password protected, restricted to specific users, or user groups.
Global Plugin Access Settings
Global Plugin Access Settings

The CM File Download Manager plugin is integrated with other CreativeMinds plugins, so you can easily add features such as charging payments per download (via a virtual wallet withCM Micropayments Plugin or EDD payment platforms with the CM Payments Addon) and allow anonymous users to upload files (via CM Anonymous Posting Addon).

Rossi Remy

Rossi Remy: "Wonderful Plugin! - I surely recommend this plugin for anyone who wishes to have a Searchable Database, or an Online Library (you name it as you want); the balance price/quality is more than fair."

Using the WordPress Download Manager Plugin

  • File Sharing Dashboard – Create a file sharing directory where users can upload and download files to and from your site.
  • Unique Download Landing Page – Every file uploaded will create a unique landing page with single file preview, support forum, download links and the ability to monitor the file’s download activity.
  • File Password Protection – All downloads can be password protected or made accessible to specific user groups, letting you easily control who has access to which files.
  • File Sharing Access Restrictions – The site admin can manage member access permissions, moderate uploads, and restrict permitted file types to make sure your online library stays free of spam.
  • Multiple Shortcodes – Embed downloads using shortcodes on any post or page.
  • User Dashboard – Provide a user dashboard from which users can manage their own downloads.
  • Download Stats and Reports – Track which users download which files using a detailed download log system.
  • User Verification – Choose whether to require users to enter their name and email before downloading.
  • Email Notification – Notify file authors when uploads have been approved or a comment is posted to their file’s forum. Send email notifications to users when a category they are following has new uploads.
@wbeddoe at WordPress.org

@wbeddoe at WordPress.org: "Feature-rich, great support! - Tried several download management plugins, this one had all my required features and then some. Support was quick (above and beyond) to assist with install and enhancement request.."

WordPress Download Manager Plugin Localization and Supported Languages

Easy Localization

All frontend labels can be easily changed to any language so the user interface will speak your language. Additionally we have PO/MO files for many languages covering all plugin frontend interaction.
Plugin Labels Settings
Plugin Labels Settings

Supported languages include: Polish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Dutch, and Portuguese.

We will be happy to assist with building other PO/MO files upon user request.

WordPress Download Manager Plugin Additional Resources

WordPress Download Manager Plugin Features

Please see the Plugin User Guide to learn more about this plugin.

File Access Control – The admin can set access settings to grant permissions for individual users or user groups to view or upload files.
Audio Player – Embed an audio player for previewing audio and mp3 files prior to download.
BuddyPress – Integrated with BuddyPress to display profile information and download stats according to a user’s BP profile.
File Categories – Support for multiple level browsing categories.
Download Zone Customization – Easily customize the look & feel of the digital downloads template page with your theme.
File Manager Disclaimer – Include a disclaimer requiring users to agree to your terms when visiting a download page for the first time.
Geolocation – Track where your files are being downloaded via a free Geolocation API key.
Google Viewer – Integrated with Google Reader allowing easy file preview before download (supported file types only).
Download Index Page Views – Choose from 3 different templates to display the Digital Downloads Index page.
Localization – UTF-8 characters are supported, allowing text translation into multiple languages.
Download Log & Statistics – Generate a detailed report from the download log with file specific stats based on download date, user, and location.
User Moderation – Moderate user posts and permissions on the support forum or choose to pre-approve posts and uploads by specific users.
Email Notifications – Send custom email notifications to download authors when their file upload has been approved or support questions are posted. Notify users of file uploads to categories they follow. Notify the admin when uploads are pending approval.
File Password Protection – Password protect file downloads you want to restrict.
Search Downloads – Use the internal search engine on your site to quickly search downloads and find files of interest.
Download Manager Shortcodes – Embed a specific download or list of digital downloads on any page or post using a shortcode.
Social Login – Users can login to the file sharing directory with their social media accounts from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+.
Support Forum – Includes a support forum for downloads that lets users post questions or support answers for each download.
Download Page Templates – Customize the style of the CM WordPress Download Manager page template and adjust the plugin’s look and feel.
User Dashboard – Users can manage their downloads in a dashboard that lists information about each download.
User Gravatar – User profiles can include Gravatar icons.
User Groups – Create user groups to control access to specific files and download permissions.
User Profile – Each user has their own profile that contains information about their downloads.
Video Player – Embeds a video player to preview video of mp4 and other video files prior to downloading
WordPress Multisite – Supports WordPress Multisite functionality.
Image Gallery Slideshow – Display an image slideshow for each download.
CM Micropayments Integration – Allow site visitors to earn a virtual currency for file uploads and require visitors to spend their virtual currency to download files.
CM Answers Pro Integration – Add the enterprise message board to each download.
ZIP File Management – Compress all files or select specific files or file categories to download as a zip file.

Download Management Edition and Pricing

FeaturePro
Client Zone
Ultimate
$39$49$99
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$39$49$99

Download Manager Plugin Image Gallery

Back-end Gallery

Download Manager Additional Addons and Modules

The following list is additional modules and addons which can be installed together with the Download Manager plugin and provide additional functionality

Download Manager PeepSo Integration
Integrates Download manager with PeepSo social network community plugin to allow members to share files with specific members and groups within their social network
User Registration for Downloads
Adds a user registration form to support automatically assigning new registered users to CM Download user groups and applying access restriction to downloads.
Download Anonymous Posting
Allow users to (anonymously) uploads files to CM Download Manager Plugin without the need to login to your wordpress site.
Download Visual Widgets
Add-on for the CM Download Manager Plugin. Offer a set of six visualization tools that will enhance your WordPress downloads by highlighting their tags and categories throughout your website. The visualization tools comes in two forms, widgets and shortcodes
Download BBPress Integration
CM Downloads bbPress Addon allows you to integrate your download page with a bbPress topic.. The bbPress topic can replace the built-in CMDM support forum.
MicroPayments PeepSo Integration
This AddOn for CM MicroPayment and PeepSo supports adding virtual wallet functionality to a PeepSo social network. A new tab will appear on PeepSo members' profiles to show the user's wallet and transaction history . Admin can define a bonus currency or charge for posting and other PeepSO related actions. The number of points in the Wallet can also be shown next to the username.
Client Secure Download Zone
This plugin creates a restricted area which users and site managers can use to share and manage files. File downloads support user notifications and statistics. Admins can share files with groups of users and password protect specific files via the download manager.
Download Payments
Support payments for specific downloads using the EDD or WooCommerce cart system. User have to pay first in order to download the file/files associated with the download

Download Manager Related Integration

Questions and Answers Forum
Mobile responsive discussion forum that allow members to post questions, answers and comment. The Best WordPress Q&A module!
MicroPayment Platform
Add your own “virtual currency“ and allow in-site transactions using a virtual wallet without the need to process each payment separately.
Video Lessons Manager
Manage video lessons and allow users and admin to track progress. Includes payment support.

Download Manager Frequently Asked Questions

Please check the user guide to learn more about this plugin.

How do I upgrade CM Download Manager?

To upgrade from the free version to the pro you need first to deactivate and delete the free version. All terms that have been created with the free version will be automatically transferred to the pro. You can them download the pro edition from CreativeMinds customer dashboard and install it. For the plugin to work you need to activate the license. Here is a video explaining this

Is it Possible to localize the forum for languages that don't appear on the list?

Language files are located under the /lang directory in the plugin. You can take any existing .po file and change the non English description to your custom language. You can then use a po to mo converter like in here http://po2mo.net/ to create the mo file. Here is an example of how the original English text and the translation look in the po file

forum localization with CM Download Manager can easily be done using the /lang directory in the plugin

forum localization with CM Download Manager can easily be done using the /lang directory in the plugin.

After creating these two files, copy them to the language directory. You are also welcome to send them to us so we can include them in the plugin pack.

Is there a way that users can download files without logging in?

Sure. Only users who need to upload files or users who want to post a support question in the downloads dedicated forum need to log in. All other users can download files without logging in. You can define access permission for each download or for all downloads in the plugin settings. Access permissions can limit which download is visible for which user.

Can I add custom CSS to my downloads landing pages?

Yes. In the plugin setting you have a tab for custom css where downloads landing pages as well as the general downloads directory can be customized to suit your theme. This will enable you to change css on the fly. You can also rewrite css in your theme css using the same classes and making sure it loads after the plugin css. The last option is to edit the plugin css located in /view/resources but this is not recommended since each time we update the plugin you will need to review your changes.

Is it possible to upload zip folders to the downloads directory?

Absolutely! If you want to allow users to upload multiple files to your downloads directory, for example a bunch of software files or musical tracks, zip folders will provide the ultimate solution. They will save you and your users both time and storage space. Zip folders can easily be created on your computer and then uploaded and downloaded either individually or in bulk.

example of zip folder download type- CM downloads manager plugin for wordpress

How does the BuddyPress integration work?

Performing the CM Downloads Manager and BuddyPress integration allows your users to quickly login to your file sharing directory using their BuddyPress profile. This is recommended for site that use the BuddyPress forum system and want to add a file sharing option.

How do I restrict downloads access to specific user groups?

The first thing to do is to adjust the plugin to support logged in users only. Then, under user groups, you can create different groups and specify which users belong in which group. Next, when creating a new file for download, you can assign each file to a specific user group. Users in that group will be able to view and download the file, while all other users will be denied access.

Still have questions? Send us a message and we will reply within 24 hours.

 

 

Customer Reviews for the Download Manager

  • 05th Dec
    2017
    GREAT GREAT Support!
    I can’t say enough how rare it is and THANKFUL I am to be able to work DIRECTLY with the plug-in developers when issues arise! The plug-in interface isn’t an artful masterpiece, but the functionality is good and the support for issues is outstanding. Worth every cent!
  • 05th Dec
    2016
    GREAT GREAT Support!
    I can’t say enough how rare it is and THANKFUL I am to be able to work DIRECTLY with the plug-in developers when issues arise! The plug-in interface isn’t an artful masterpiece, but the functionality is good and the support for issues is outstanding. Worth every cent!
  • 05th Dec
    2016
    Very good product and support
    Really useful plugin. Plus, both technical support questions about my multisite licence were resolved quickly and in a friendly way. Nice work.
  • 05th Dec
    2016
    GREAT GREAT Support!
    I can’t say enough how rare it is and THANKFUL I am to be able to work DIRECTLY with the plug-in developers when issues arise! The plug-in interface isn’t an artful masterpiece, but the functionality is good and the support for issues is outstanding. Worth every cent!
  • 03rd Oct
    2016
    Great support!!!
    Had a problem to get the plugin work with the WPML-plugin. Contacted the support and got an update for the plugin in less than 24h! Go and buy the Pro version of this plugin! The support is worth every cent!!!
  • 23rd Sep
    2016
    Recommended!
    the knowing and friendly creative minds team supply fast programming, professional work and best service ! I really can recommand creative minds to everyone who needs and searches reliable partner for wp and magento works.
  • 11th Jul
    2016
    the best support ever !
    I want to start off with a quote to an email I wrote the publisher on May.31 2 days after purchasing the pro version of this plugin.“OMG PERFECT !!!!!!!!! Your team goes above and beyond. So glad I found and purchased from you guys…”Besides the fact this is the most amazing file manager plugin the creative mind teams goes above and beyond to make sure you are happy.The plugin is flawless and creative minds thought of everything.If you need a file download manager don’t waste your time looking elsewhere as I did. This is the only one you will ever need.Lewis Wolk Owner AtoZfitness.com distributing free fitness e-books since 1996
  • 19th Apr
    2016
    Awesome!
    I found this plugin and loved the fact that you can divide downloads into categories and the simple design. It was all i needed actually. Sadly the original design was over the whole page. And because i have a sidebar on my site the download section wasnt visible. But! I contacted the creators via the support forum and explained my problem. A tiny bit later they had the option to choose yourself where the download button will appear. So my problem was solved and now i can use the plugin!Amazing! 😀
  • 09th Mar
    2016
    Downloads made easy
    Loaded with features that really makes one feel that a lot of thinking has gone into this quality product. Excellent response times from support
  • 09th Mar
    2016
    Wonderful Plugin!
    I purchased the Pro version and have it customized with some “Customized Hours” from Creative Mind (to have a tailor-made design that fit perfectly with my client’s request), and I’ve been delighted with the result!The website is now online (I prefer post a review when the website is finish to avoid getting a first, wrong impression; as it’s too often the case) and counts now 133 documents (and still growing).Both my client and I are very satisfied with the result: no glitch, fast loading, effective query,responsive design… The support team and the sell team happened to be very reactive and effective as well (and on time!).Some may say that some functions are confusing (e.g. the menu, the interface) but I believe that each plugin has its own very way of working, and when you get to understand this one, it will just do all what you expect it to!I surely recommend this plugin for anyone who wish to have a Searchable Database, or an Online Library (you name it as you want); the balance price/quality is more than fair.PS: I am a web-designer, not a web-developer, so the simplicity and the effectiveness of a plugin is crucial for me (please, spare me the coding!). I have this plugin customized, but I believe the Pro version would work just as well out of the box.
  • 08th Feb
    2016
    Good multifunctional plugin and good support
    This plugin is multifunctional and very good.I wanted to…1.get download items list 2.view graph of download items(I wanted day and month) 3.get csv file of download dataThis plugin satisfied that. (And it has more functions.)And when it work not good, I mail to the dev team. It has been supported so kindly and quickly 🙂
  • 13th Oct
    2015
    Feature-rich, great support
    Tried several download management plugins, this one had all my required features and then some. Support was quick (above and beyond) to assist with install and enhancement request.
  • 18th Aug
    2015
    Great shortcode & super fast support help
    I was really impressed how quickly the support team gave me a hand to fix stuff. I am a designer, so sometime my requests are very fussy. However the support team made all of my requests done so quickly. The end result looks amazing. Not only visually, but the plugin’s functionality works so smooth and user friendly. I’m a very happy customer. If anyone looking for download plugin, I recommend CM download manager!
  • 10th Aug
    2015
    Useful plugin and great support
    I have tried several file manager plugins for WordPress. CM Download Manager is by far the best plugin that I have tried, and the pro version does have a lot of options.And, importantly, great and fast support
  • 06th Jul
    2015
    Useful product – great support
    I’ve purchased my fair share of plugins for WordPress over the years and have often come up against the brick-wall of plugin support – but not so with this group. Even after 11 months, this group is just as interested in helping me as they were day-one. This is certainly a pleasant surprise.So far, they have also been very helpful in listening to feedback and feature requests. I’ve been very pleased with their support. If my clients have need for any of their products, I wouldn’t hesitate to order again.
  • 20th Jun
    2015
    good product & service
    Love the pro version of cmdownloads. Easy to use and good support.
  • 17th Jun
    2015
    Fantastic plugin – Easy to set up and use
    What a great plug in cmdownloads is and what fantastic support. I needed to create an online document archive, viewable by the public but which members could upload to without logging into the WordPress backend – this plugin does all that and looks great. I have been running the pro version for the past six months and any issues or question I have had have been answered quickly by support and they have not hesitated to go into my admin area and sort out the problem.The plugin is easy to set up with lots of configurable options and widgets and shortcodes.
  • 17th Jun
    2015
    Great plugin!
    This is a very good and useful plugin! I have used the Pro-version for a while and it is really good. I have also received very good support from the developers.
  • 11th May
    2015
    Easy to use/setup plugin – and developer support is AWESOME!
    This was the perfect solution for what we needed in a file management plugin for WordPress. Not only is it easy for the web designer to setup but also easy enough that the end user/client can upload their own files after 30 minutes of training by me. What really was a pleasant surprise was how quickly the developer Creative Minds answered my questions and are open to suggestions for improvements to the plugin. To me that is worth the price of the plugin!I’m only using half of the features this plugin has so there is plenty of room to grow if the client wishes. I would (and have) highly recommend this plugin to anyone looking for a simple yet robust file management system for WordPress.
  • 15th Oct
    2014
    Easy to use
    I have a WordPress website and needed a way to easily manage downloads and allow other people to access different documents and CM Download Manager does that. It is quick and easy to download and getting it set up and started didn’t take much time. I love that it gives me the downloads in a directory listing so it is easy to manage. I am able to see who downloads documents and how many times documents have been downloaded. CM Download Manager has helped my site become more organized and has made it easier for me to run a website.
  • 01st Oct
    2014
    Just what I was looking for
    Upgraded to the pro edition for the shortcodes, formats and the BuddyPress integration.The customization is pretty cool as well as the file preview feature. Great experience so far. Very simple and efficient.I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a download manager plugin.
  • 15th Sep
    2014
    Great Experience!
    I have had an amazing experience so far with CM Download Manager. I have a blog on WordPress and it was getting exhausting running it by myself. CM Download Manager allows me to have the ability to be able to have multiple users log in and they are able to access all of the different sets of documents that I have laid out to each one of them. It’s nice that I can set up individual files for each one and they are each able to access their own specific files.On my blog, I post a lot of files that users are downloading. This plugin has made the process that much easier. It’s so easy to use and it’s working great for me so far.CM Download Manager has kept me organized. The support team has been great in aiding me with any questions that I have. Great plugin that does what it’s supposed to!
  • 17th Aug
    2014
    Plugin provides a lot of use cases
    and also good support.
  • 14th Aug
    2014
    Probably the best WordPress file manager
    This is a very solid plugin, does what it states and it’s well supported. Who’d need more?
  • 12th Aug
    2014
    Really Helps to Keep me Organized!
    I have had a WordPress site for a few months now, but what I was lacking was a good Download Manager plugin. My site was very unorganized as a result, and I knew I needed to do something to fix my issues. I came across the CM Downloads Manager, and really liked what it had to offer.Downloading and installing the plugin was extremely quick and stress free. Very easy to intergrate onto WordPress; you don’t have to be a computer tech to do it. I noticed quite a few things that I really liked right away; first of all, you have the ability to upload, manage, and track files in a directory listing format, allowing others to be able to easily use and comment on. You can specify which users have the ability to use these features as well, which is a huge plus. You also have the ability to preview music you want before downloading it – love this feature! You also have the ability to customize the look and feel of it, which I have already done.Since downloading the CM Downloads Manager and using it for awhile on my WordPress, I have to say that I’m extremely pleased. It really helps to keep everything in order, and It’s not buggy at all (unlike some other plugins I’ve tried). I would highly recommend this one!
  • 11th Aug
    2014
    Excellent Plug in
    I manage a website using WordPress, and I needed an efficient way to upload files. I wanted a plugin that would allow other website admins to upload documents, and to manage what users are able to download these files. In the past, I did not have an acceptable solution for this, and since I had control of all of the files to be uploaded, it became solely my job; the other admins had to ask me to upload files. I felt like I was doing everything to manage a website that I was already paying others to assist with.I currently have the free version of the CM Download Manager Plug In, and I am very happy with it. I am pleased that there is no limitation on downloads, since I have chosen to make most of my uploaded files public. I have the ability to see how many views each file is getting, as well as votes for each user download.The index where I manage my downloads has lots of useful features that allow me to sort my downloads based upon the particular stats I am looking for, such as by upload date, popularity of the download, and more. This helps me to evaluate my site’s success better.I am definitely happy with how this plugin has helped to increase my productivity and has changed the way upload files on my website. I am definitely considering purchasing the paid version; with all of the extra features, I’m certain that my website could benefit greatly.
  • 05th Aug
    2014
    Its very helpful
    My WordPress website was driving me crazy. I am not a computer tech and had difficult time to manage my website. I was introduced to use CM Download Manager by my website builder. I have loved it since then. It has simple and user friendly interface, which allows multiple users to login and I am able to assign different accessibilities to each of them. Now I am no longer the only one doing the work. At the same time, it helps us work even closer together and more efficiency. I am also amazed by their customer support, whenever we have questions, they are there to help and answer. Cm Download Manager does help us running the website a lot. I recommend it highly.
  • 09th Mar
    2014
    Download plugin that is reliable and easy to use!
    I have been using CM Download Manager for a couple of months now. I needed a plug in that would allow me to have multiple users, each with access to a different set of documents. CM Downloads allows me to do just that!Not only am I happy with the product, but the support is amazing. When ever I have a questions, or can’t figure something out, the support team gets back to me in a very timely fashion. They are also understanding and patient. I’m new to website building, and I’m sure I ask many silly questions. The support team has always treated me with respect, no matter how confused I am :).Over all, if your website will have users downloading files, this is the plugin you need. Looks great, easy to use user interface. Quick to load, and keeps you up to date on file downloads. Very happy, thanks CMPlugins!

Download Manager External Reviews

WP Explorer

WP Explorer: "Download Manager Review by WP Explorer - I got my hands on CM Download Manager Pro and two things impressed me straight away: It’s intuitive and it’s compatible with the other CM plugins I’ve tested."