CM Download Manager – Document and File Management


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WordPress Download Manager plugin is a user-friendly solution for uploading, managing, and supporting documents or file downloads in a structured directory listing.

The WordPress Download Manager enable multiple users to access and provide feedback on files, which builds a sense of community among them.

Whether you’re looking to arrange important documents for your team, share files with clients or partners, or facilitate collaboration among colleagues this plugin is the best tool to use.

Download Manager Index

Our WordPress Download Manager plugin makes file organization simple by creating an intuitive index page that categorizes downloads based on your preferences.

This enables users to quickly and easily locate the files they need, without having to dig through folders or search for specific filenames.

Download Manager Categories

With this WordPress file manager plugin, you can customize the categories to suit your unique needs and ensure that your files are always organized and accessible.

What is more, the index page provides direct links to all of the download files, so users can get what they need with just a few clicks.

Download Manager Plugin Premium Editions

The download manager plugin premium version includes payment support using WooCommerce or Easy Digital Downloads, more robust shortcodes and support for zip files, user access management, notifications, moderation and more

Download Manager Introduction Video

Download Manager Use-Cases

  • Plugin Directory – Creates a plugin directory that is similar to any other WordPress Plugins Directory.
  • Download Counter – Counts the number of downloads for each downloadable file.
  • Support forum – Supports your users by letting them vote and comment on existing topics that relate to each download.
  • Customer Support – Support for retail customer’s questions.
  • File Manager – Manages files in a directory structure.
  • MP3 and Music file directory – Manages music downloads and allows users to listen to audio files before downloading.
  • Videos file directory – Manages video downloads and allow users to preview them before downloading.
  • Users Groups Permission – Manage user groups permission to access downloads.
  • Charge for Downloads / Uploads – Charge users for uploading / downloading files.

Basic Features

  • Includes a download counter with all files listed including search and filtering options.
  • Includes voting for each download.
  • Includes download categories.
  • Administrators can manage downloads.
  • Built-in support forum for each download.
  • Template can be customized in several ways.
  • Filter downloads with an internal search engine.
  • Administrators can define the types of file extensions supported.
  • User can track his or her downloads from their user profile.
  • User can receive email notifications on newly submitted support questions.

Pro Version Features

Pro Version Detailed Feature List )

  • Multiple-File Upload – Ability to upload multiple files to download page. Each file can have its own title. The files can be zipped automatically or downloaded separately.
  • MicroPayment – Grant or charge virtual currency based on use-case.
  • User Groups Permissions – Set access control based on users groups. Admin can define global settings while user can define access settings per each download.
  • Social Media Registration Integration – Integrates with Facebook and LinkedIn. View Image One, View Image 2
  • Shortcodes/Widgets – Generates top level contributors list, recent updates, and in most cases, a download items list.
  • View Restriction – Defines according to each download whether or not it is open to non-logged in users. If only logged in users are allowed, administrators can also define whose user roles can view specific downloads. This can be set by Admin or you can give the user ability to custom define their view. View Image
  • Password Protection – Protects downloads with passwords. View Image
  • File Preview Option – Support showing content with external viewer. Download including PDF / DOC / XLS files can be viewed with Google docs viewer.
  • Extended Notifications – Send custom email notifications to download authors, notify users of file uploads, notify the admin when uploads are pending approval.
  • Upload Restrictions – Defines which user roles can create new downloads. View Image
  • URL / Shortcode – Allows the inclusion of an external URL or a Shortcode in download page instead of uploading a file. This is useful for integration with other plugins for support with checkout shopping carts and for selling downloads. View Example of EDD integration , View Example of User Selection
  • Related Downloads – Show Related downloads on the Download page. View Image
  • Downloads Page Tabs – Shows more tabs for detailed download descriptions on the Download page, which the admin can control in the settings.
  • Search – Filters search results by date, download type and username.
  • Moderate User Comments – Administators can moderate user comments. View Image
  • Auto-Approve Comments and Answers from Users – Administrators can define a list of users who do not need any moderation. View Image
  • Multisite- Supports multisite.
  • Public User Profile – Automatically generates a public profile page that contains the number of downloads each user has posted with a link to his or her social media profile. View Image
  • Gravatar – Ability to show a Gravatar near the user name and in user profile. View Image
  • Order Comments – Shows comments on the Download page in either ascending or descending order.
  • Localization Support – Frontend (user side) is localized/
  • View Count – Shows view count for each download and lets you control how the view count is tabulated (by view or by session)
  • Permalinks – Ability to change permalink from /cmdownloads to a user defined directory.
  • Support Tab – Ability to remove support forum and also other tabs from the Download page.
  • Slide Show – Ability to turn off the slide show.
  • Disclaimer – Add an option to show a disclaimer for first time users.
  • Gratitude Message – Does not include the CMinds Gratitude message in the footer.
  • External Viewer – Adds external links to Google Docs viewer for supported Google Docs file types.
  • MP3 Viewer – Adds an embedded mp3 player for listening to music files.
  • Downloads Index Views – Option to toggle between a list view and a tiles view of your downloads.
  • Social Share – Includes a social share widget in the question page.
  • Log & Statistics – Detailed reports and download statistics including who downloaded each file.
  • FTP Storage – Choose an FTP storage instead of the local website storage.

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  • Download Page with Audio Player
  • WordPress Download Manager Plugin Main Page
  • Specific Download Page – Password Protected
  • Plugin Support Forum.
  • Support Forum Functionality.
  • Download Page with Video Player
  • Downloads Dashboard in User Profile
  • Add a New Download Form
  • Plugin’s Settings
  • Admin’s Download List
  • Plugin’s Log Screen
  • Statistic Graphs
  • User Group Definition for Access Control


Detailed User Guide

  1. Upload the plugin folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‹Plugins› menu in WordPress
  3. Manage your CM Download from Left Side Admin Menu
  4. All download are located on /cmdownloads/
  5. User dashboard is located on /cmdownload/dashboard/
  6. Before adding first download please define download categories

Note: You must have a call to wp_head() in your template in order for the JS plugin files to work properly. If your theme does not support this you will need to link to these files manually in your theme (not recommended).


More FAQ’s

Detailed User Guide

How can I customize the look & feel of the plugin?

In your template you can create a directory called «CMDM». Inside this you can place a structure that is similar to the one inside «cm-download-manager/views/frontend/». If the file can be found in your template directory, then it will have a priority. Otherwise, the default file from the plugin directory will be used.


5. März 2022
After installing the plugin it was very unresponsive on mobile, I had layout issues, pages overflowing outside the viewport width. Other than that it just has a very outdated look to it, which isn’t shown on the CM website. The plugin looks like a site from the mid 2000s. I requested help multiple times from their support, to which they just respond with links to their documentation with no reference, and half the time the link they send doesn’t even answer your query. After having a painful week back and forth with their support I asked for a refund as I had to seek another plugin that actually did as asked. They refused a refund, unsurprisingly once I asked for my money back they were very quick to respond telling me why I couldn’t get my money back. They wanted me to reinstall the plugin so they could address the issues I had brought to their attention a week before, absolutely laughable. AVOID AVOID AVOID!
18. Juli 2020
1-İmg preview not show, simple img url= . Script adding %2f. 2-download button not work! i click button but not work. Please re update… Sorry for bad english…
5. März 2020 2 replies
Do not buy any plugins from Creative Minds. Their plugins do not do what they claim and require you to download and install no less than 3-4 add-on plugins to get the functionality it should have out of the box. Plus once you have the now 4-5 plugins installed you will find it is missing one or more basic features that it really should have. For this particular plugin just trying to customize the user front end was impossible and after several emails to support I was told they would do it for me at a rate of $60 per hours and a minimum of 12 hours. There are always better options for less out there so please do your research before purchasing anything from Creative Minds. Oh and there is no demo or trial period so again do not waste your money because they will fight you for a refund when you realize they lied and their plugin isn’t capable of doing what you expected without hours of additional customization by their ridiculously slow «experts».
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Contributors & Developers

“CM Download Manager – Document and File Management” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




Release Date: 18 May 2024
* Fixed security issues


Release Date: 29th February 2024
* Fixed problem with edit method


Release Date: 6th February 2024
* Improve Security stability


Release Date: 21st December 2023
* Update package info


Release Date: 6th Aug 2023

  • Fixed problem with site health


Release Date: 21st Mar 2023

  • Update package info


Release Date: 27th Feb 2023

  • added function for automatically detects and fixes the 404 issues after permalink changes


Release Date: 10th Nov 2022

  • update support links


Release Date: 6th Sep 2022

  • Security fix


Release Date: 1st Sep 2022

  • Security fix


Release Date: 25th August 2022

  • Change in documentation link


Release Date: 5th Oct 2018

  • Fixed bug on plugin installation


Release Date: 23rd May 2018

  • Add GDPR support


Release Date: 5th April 2018

  • Fixed session_start() PHP warning
  • Added Italian translation po/mo files.

Earlier versions

For the changelog of earlier versions, please refer to the changelog on