In case you don’t know, any and all the media or files uploaded through the built-in media uploader will be stored in the
The Uploads folder is further categorized into years and months for easy management.
So, if you ever need, here is how you can easily download entire media library from WordPress using the traditional method and a free plugin.
Download Media Library using FTP
Using the regular FTP client to download media library in WordPress is pretty easy and straightforward.
To start off, open up your favorite FTP client and login to your sites FTP account. As you can see, I’m using Cyberduck FTP client to login to my account.
Once you are in, navigate to the folder
Here, you will see different folders like Plugins, Themes, etc. Since all the uploaded media items are stored in this folder, all we need is the Uploads folder.
Now, simply drag and drop the folder onto your desktop and the FTP client will automatically download the folder and its contents.
Depending on the media library size, the download may take a while.
So, wait until the download is complete and you will have your media library folder on your local machine.
Alternatively, if you have access to the cPanel, then you can zip the entire Uploads folder using the cPanle’s file manager and then download it using the FTP client.
This action actually speeds up the download process.
That being said, don’t try to download the zipped file directly from the cPanel as most web hosts don’t support resuming and the download time and speeds are pretty limited.
Download Media Library Using a Plugin
If you don’t want to use the traditional method of using the FTP client, then you can use the plugin
DownML – Download Media Library.
Just download and install it like any other WordPress plugin. Once installed, activate the plugin.
Being a simple plugin, there are no settings or configurations to mess around. Simply, open the DownML page by clicking on the menu item “downML.”
The above action will open the DownML page. The plugin will automatically create a zip file with all your media library. Simply click on the link “medialibrary.zip.”
The above action will start the download. Again, depending on your media library size, the download may take some time to complete.
That’s all there is to do and it is that simple to download media library from WordPress using the FTP client or a plugin like DownML.
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Hopefully that helps and do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above methods to download media library from WordPress.