Shared Files for WordPress


Using Shared Files you can to easily list and manage downloadable files on your site.

Just add the files in the admin area and insert the shortcode(s) to the page(s) you wish to list the files.

Very easy to use and no complex settings to mind on, but also very scalable for a large group of files. Many options for different layouts.

14 days free trial available for Pro version, no credit card required.

See live demos at

Some use cases for this plugin:

  • List any number of files and keep statistics on downloads
  • Share downloadable files like using Dropbox or Google Drive
  • Add a single file to any article/post using a simple shortcode
  • Receive a notification when a file is downloaded
  • Sort files and documents to multiple categories

Features in Free version:

  • Simple and clean user interface
  • No options to set, ready to use right away
  • Separated from the media library
  • Custom images/icons for file types

Additional features in Pro version:

  • Multiple different shortcodes/views for various use cases
  • Sort files into categories
  • Fast search targeting file names and descriptions
  • File load counter
  • Bandwidth usage estimate
  • Alternatively, define an external URL for file and track those loads
  • Optionally receive an email notification when a file is downloaded
  • Password protected files
  • Set expiration date to a file
  • Limit number of downloads per file
  • Front-end file uploader
  • More features on the way based on user feedback

Contact the author here.

Thanks to Luciano Del Fico for translating the Italian version.


  • List of files on your site
  • Files listed in 3 columns (more layout options available)
  • Search from all files
  • Display only 1 specific file on page, using shortcode in post content
  • Opening a password protected file
  • Opening a file that's download limit has been reached
  • File management in admin area
  • Edit a single file


  1. Activate the plugin from WordPress plugin directory or manually upload it to your site
  2. See the Help / Support page for further instructions


4 January 2020
I was one of the first users of this fantastic plugin, simple and light. I believed it so much that I completely translated it into Italian. Congratulations to the author.
9 June 2019
Excellent plugin, I want to know if will soon it have a pagination. 🙂
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Contributors & Developers

“Shared Files for WordPress” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Shared Files for WordPress” has been translated into 1 locale. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Change log


  • Bug fixes


  • Freemius SDK update
  • Tested up to: WP 5.5


  • New feature: front-end file uploader (see Help / Support page and live demo at
  • Missing translatable terms added


  • Adding new file was broken in the last update, this is now fixed


  • Settings made more usable


  • Bug fix: there are now several different ways to detect a file type, which means no more crashes on certain server configurations when opening a file


  • Custom color option for card background
  • File list is now reloaded using ajax request when choosing category
  • Bug fixes


  • New feature: file has got a new date field, which is displayed instead of the publish date
  • New option: hide file date / publish date from file list item
  • Debug info -section added to Help / Support -page


  • Custom icons can now be added for .ppt(x), .indd, .psd and .svg files.
  • Bug fixed: file description can now be emptied
  • Some issues regarding displaying correct file type icon fixed


  • Category made sortable in the admin list


  • More columns made sortable in the admin list
  • Files can now be filtered by a category in the admin list
  • Mail delivery is now handled locally by WordPress
  • Bug fixes


  • Search form is now visible when a category is defined for shortcode, and the dropdown contains only the subcategories of the defined category.
    You may hide the search using the hide_search=1 parameter with the shortcode. (Pro)
  • Custom icon for YouTube-links (Free)


  • New feature (Free and Pro): options to set custom images for file type icons (see settings)
  • New feature (Pro): a new view to list categories / list files by category (see Help / Support -page)
  • Column made sortable: Expiration date


  • New feature (Pro): Password protected files
  • New feature (Pro): Set expiration date to a file
  • New feature (Pro): Limit number of downloads per file
  • More options


  • Bug fixes


  • New feature (Pro): A new shortcode [shared_files_search] that displays only a search form, that targets all files from all categories


  • Free and Pro: New settings for file list layout


  • Minor improvements


  • Bug fixes


  • New licensing model / 2019-12-09


  • Initial release / 2018-07-15