How to Uninstall ALL of jDownloads?
This article describes how to completely uninstall the jDownloads component, Modules and Plugins. The Component uninstallation including deleting the database tables, the images and the downloadable files.
The jDownloads Component consists of five major parts
- The Software which is the component, modules and plugins;
- the Downloads which are the files that are downloaded together with the folders that form the Categories;
- the Audio and Video preview files associated with the Downloads;
- the Images associated with Downloads;
- and the Database tables that hold the information about configuration, user groups, download descriptions and so on.
For simplicity the uninstallation is illustrated here in two steps: uninstalling the modules and plugins and then uninstalling the component itelf.
It is of course possible to uninstall all of the b=plugins, modules and the Component itself in one 'uninstall step.
At the start of uninstalling the jDownloads component a special 'Uninsatallation Control Panel' is shown. This allows retaining the Data, Images and the Database items.
Retention is to facilitate the possible re-loading of the software.
Should you wish to save various parts of jDownloads yourself, details of their locations and available tools are given in the Appendix at the end of this document. These include the Images, Categories and Files, the jDownloads specific Database tables, the jDownloads CSS files, and the current settings of the Options.
Click on Manage in the sub menu.
This brings up the Extensions Management page as below.
Uninstall modules & plugins
As jDownloads has mant modules and plugins ensure you are showing at least itemsin the selection box at the far right.
Next click on the tick box adjacent to the Status. This selects all of the items
Now click on the tickbox next to the jDownloads Component, which will deselect it to give the image as shown opposite.
Finally click on the Uninstall button at the top.
Below the list of Uninstall messages the only item left should be the the jDownloads Component as shown opposite.
So just repeat the process selecting the remaining module and plugins.
After clicking 'OK' in the 'Are You Sure' message, jDownloads brings up a special Uninstall Control Panel as shown opposite.
This allows you to choose which other parts of jDownloads you wish to delete.
To completely Uninstall then use the Images, Files and Data Base tables pulldowns and select Yes in each case.
If you click on the Abort button then nothing is uninstalled.
To continue the uninstalling then click on the red button.
There will be another 'Are you sure' message so again click on OK.
Note that the jDownloads special 'integration' plugins for:
1. Community Builder Plugin for jDownloads,
2. JComments Plugin for jDownloads,
3. Komento Plugin for jDownloads
Are not 'uninstalled' as they are located within the special plugin areas of those components.
See the relevant instrucions in the documentation for uninstalling these special plugins.
Appendix Location of jDownloads Items
This is usually <your-site>/jdownloads. Again you will need to use an ftp program such as FileZila to copy these to your own device, or to use your site's Control Panel facilities.
Colin Mercer December 2018, modified August 2020