Best Files and Document Management WordPress Plugins

Not only a simple blogging platform, WordPress is also a comprehensive Content Management System (CMS) for a variety of customer requirement. For example, it is widely used as a file management system which allows teams to work on files at the same time and handles file management, workflow and file hosting.

It seems difficult to manage the process by the default WordPress administration UI. Countless people have gone for Joomla just for it’s Docman plugin, but this is no longer necessary. Because of there are a lot of WordPress file management plugins make things easy. They integrate many features like password protections on download, hit counter, detailed download log, and more. We have listed the top 5 free WordPress file management plugins and 4 best premium file and document management wordpress plugins in below, which greatly help you manage the files and documents.

5 Best free Files and Document Management Plugins

1. WordPress Download Manager

WordPress Download Manager is a Files and Document Management plugin

WordPress Download Manager is a free Files and Document Management plugin

WordPress Download Manager is a Files and Document Management plugin for your WordPress Site. WordPress Download Manager plugin will help you to manage, track and control file downloads from your WordPress site. You can set password and set access level any of your downloadable files from your WordPress site. You can add/embed downloadable files anywhere in the post just pasting the embed code inside your post content using WordPress Download Manager.

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2. Download Monitor

Download Monitor Plugin

Download Monitor Plugin

Download Monitor provides an interface for uploading and managing downloadable files (including support for multiple versions), inserting download links into posts, and logging downloads.

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3. WP-Filebase Download Manager

WP-Filebase Download Manager Plugin

WP-Filebase Download Manager Plugin

WP-Filebase is an advanced file download manager for WordPress. It keeps Files structured in Categories, offers a Template System to create sortable, paginated File Lists and can sideload Files from other websites. The Plugin is made for easy management of many Files and consistent output using Templates.

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4. WP Document Revisions

WP Document Revisions is a document management and version control plugin. Built for time-sensitive and mission-critical projects, teams can collaboratively edit files of any format — text documents, spreadsheets, images, sheet music… anything — all the while, seamlessly tracking the document’s progress as it moves through your organization’s existing workflow.

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5. Simple Download Monitor

Easily manage downloadable files and monitor downloads of your digital files from your WordPress site. This plugin is very useful for managing and tracking your digital file download counts. You can password protect your downloadable files too (visitors will require a password before downloading the file when you use this option).

There is an option to show an ajax file tree browser so your visitors can browse all your files and download the ones they want. You can configure downloadable files from your WordPress admin dashboard via an elegant user interface. Then allow your visitors to download the files and this plugin will monitor which files get downloaded how many times. The plugin will log the IP addresses of the users who download your digital files. It has a very user-friendly interface for uploading, managing, monitoring and tracking file downloads.

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4 Best Premium Files and Document Management Plugins

1. File List Pro Plugin

File List Pro for WordPress lets you quickly display files, in a paged, sortable, searchable, and filterable list. It comes ready to go and is fully customisable. You can insert as many lists as you need via the easy to use shortcode builder.

File List Pro is perfect for creating lists of PDF newsletters, Excel spreadsheets of company accounts, Powerpoint Presentations ready to view, MP3s ready to download, Images to view, or Download lists for zip files.

File List Pro Demo

2. WordPress Downloads Handler

WordPress Downloads Handler, is a file download handler and a tracker plugin for WordPress powered sites. It could manage and track all your downloads over your WordPress site, You can use remotely uploaded files, also. This Plugin doesn’t add any extra load on your database servers as usually others do. It even does not create any database table until your first download gets processed. It’s very light-weight and extremely simple to use.

WordPress Downloads Handler

WordPress Downloads Handler

WordPress Downloads Handler, gives you an extra facility to add pretty download boxes directly to your posts. The download boxes, shows, file information and total number of downloads. You can easily, reset or delete any counter, using the admin option page.

WordPress Downloads Handler Demo

3. Multiverso – Advanced File Sharing Plugin

Multiverso Advanced File Sharing Plugin

Multiverso Advanced File Sharing Plugin

Multiverso is an Advanced File Sharing Plugin. You can create your personal file sharing section in wordpress! Plugin can be used in backend (upload) and frontend (download), by administrators and subscribers with different rules and allows to manage access and owner for every file!

Multiverso – Advanced File Sharing Plugin Demo

4. Groups File Access WordPress Plugin

Groups File Access WordPress Plugin

Groups File Access WordPress Plugin

Groups File Access is a WordPress plugin that allows to provide file download links for authorized users. Access to files is restricted to users by their group membership.

With Groups File Access you can provide file downloads for Premium Members or allow only registered users to download files from your site. Access to files is restricted by group membership. To be able to download a file, a user must be a member of a group that is assigned to the file. If an access limit has been set for the file, the user must also have accessed (downloaded) the file fewer times than the file’s access limit.

If you want to restrict access to a file to users that belong to a certain group, create the group, add the desired users to the group and assign the group to the files that the group should be able to access. More than one group can be assigned to a file. Files access can also be granted through key authentication so that users do not need to log in to download a file, while access restrictions based on Groups still apply.

Groups File Access Plugin Demo

Don’t forget to leave a comment below if you have any opinions on the above plugins, or want to suggest any other good document management plugins for WordPress.

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I would also add a new file manager: WP File download, available here:

Fuensanta Martínez
Fuensanta Martínez

Interesting article. I liked especially the part of the workflow. This is a topic that interested me enough and I think should be addressed in depth in business.

OpenKM is a Document Management System whose main functionality is the workflow for the creation of working groups, and is a good document manager for the company too.

I recommend it.

Guenter Baumgart
Guenter Baumgart

You missed a real file manager as 🙂

Matt Griffin
Matt Griffin

Another great file manager is It has a lot more functionality built in than any other single document manager I have seen. There are also a bunch of addons if you need extra functionality.