Brief Overview of the jDownloads Modules

This gives a brief overview of each jDownloads module with some tips.


The Top module shows those Downloads that have been downloaded the largest number of times.  This could also be described as showing the set of the Most Popular Downloads. This is not subject to any time limit.

The Latest module shows the most recently created Downloads.

The Last Updated module shows the most recently updated Downloads.  That is those Downloads that have been modified.  It is necessary to mark the Downloads as updated and to set the modification date if you wish them to be shown in this module.

The Most Recently Downloaded module shows those Downloads that have just been downloaded.  Optionally it also shows logged on users who downloaded the item.

The Related Downloads module shows those Downloads related to the Download being shown. The Related Downloads are those in the same Category or its sub-categories as the Download being shown on the details page.  It is most frequently used in the Download details view but it may also be used in Descriptions and elsewhere. There is an article on this module.  It is a slightly unusual module as it is not assigned to a position.

The Most Rated Downloads module has two variants: the Top Rated version lists the Downloads by the highest number of stars; the Most Rated version lists the Downloads by the highest number of votes.  You can have both versions as separate modules by making a duplicate. 

The Featured module shows Downloads that have been 'featured' and are typically listed with a yellow star.  This is most useful to pick out the featured Downloads in a category.or several categories.

The very useful Tree module shows the Categories and Sub Categories in a tree structure.  It gives an alternate navigation aid. There is an article on this module.

The Stats module shows the statistics:how many Downloads; the number of Categories; and the total number of times files have been downloaded.

The View Limits module shows a logged on user the current download limits. Avilable from v3.2.53 and higher. See View Limits Module for more details.

Setup of the most modules is very simiar.

  • There is the ability to add text before and after the module list;
  • to select from which category or categories the information is shown;
  • the number of entries in the list;
  • set as a link to Download Details page, subject of course to the Permissions;
  • view Description as a tool-tip; and so on.

Of course only those Downloads which have the appropriate view access are shown.

 A neat way to show the modules without using a lot of screen space is to show in the Tabs module.

The Before and After text fields are very useful to add in extra information.  By using the

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ColinM Sep 2015, edited July 2016, and July 2017

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