Creating Downloads with the Files facility
The facility allows uploading multiple files so it is often useful when adding several Downloads.
It is a two stage process. First upload the files and then create the Downloads. Note that the target Categories for the Downloads must already exist.
The uploaded files are temporaily stored in root directory jdownloads.
Uploading the files
The default main jDownloads directory is jDownloads in the Joomla! root directory.
This allows uploading any files that you wish to make into a Download so click on the button.
Adding files for uploading
As indicated files may either be dragged onto the panel or you can use the Add button at the bottom left.
Clicking on the button will open your operating system File Manager to allow selection. Alternatively you may just drag files from the Files Manager.
The status is shown at 0% as they have not yet been uploaded.
Note also that the Start Upload button is now active.
If you have added a file by mistake then click on the button.
Whillst the files are uploading you will see a progress bar and the amout uploaded.
As the upload is quite quick then typically a total size of say more than 4MByte is needed to actually see the progress bar and the percentage uploaded.
If it is a small total size it might be to quick to notice!
When the uploading has completed, it will indicate 100% and show the status as successfull .
If you click on the button you can upload more files.
For example if it has an invalid extension, that is one not specified in the jDownloads 'Options - Uploads - Other allowed File Extensions' or ' Allowed Image Extensions ', then you will get an error message such as shown opposite.
Using FTP to Upload
In the example opposite FTP was used to upload a 20MB file The actual limit set in jDownloads and php.ini was 2MB.
If we now select the button we will be able to create the new download as describedin the Creating Downloads section below.
Creating the Downloads
If one of the files is not required, maybe it was uploaded by mistake, click on the small box next to the relevant file name and use the button, which is located on the view header, to remove the file from the list.
You will be asked to confirm so click on OK to procede.
In this example the 1GB.zip file was deleted.
The view will now be like that opposite.
Next click on one of the buttons.
On the tab you will see that the relevant file is already selected in the 'Or select file from root area' setting.
Ensure you at least give the Download a Title and that you also select the appropriate category.
When you have set all the relevant information then as usual.
This will take you to the normal Downloads view.
To continue with the other uploaded files then click on the button again.
ColinM March 2021 modified February 2022, July 2023