Add From Server


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Please Note: This plugin is not designed to replace the media uploader. This plugin is not designed to be used for migration of sites. This plugin is not designed to re-import your media upload history. This plugin is not designed to Batch import your media. Etc. This plugin is 8 years old and designed for importing singular large files which could not be uploaded through the administration interface.

The heart of a CMS is the ability to upload and insert content. WordPress does a fantastic job at this. Unfortunately, some web hosts have limited servers, or users simply do not have the ability to upload large files through their web browser.
Add From Server is designed to help ease this pain. You can upload a bunch of files via FTP , or your favourite transmission method, and simply import those files from the web server directly into WordPress.


  • The import manager. This allows you to select which files to import. Note that files which cannot be imported are shown in red.
  • The Options panel. This allows you to specify what users can access Add From Server, and which folders users can import files from.


What placeholders can I use in the Root path option?

You can use %role% and %username% only.
In the case of %role%, the first role which the user has is used, this can mean that in complex installs where a user has many roles that using %role% could be unreliable.

Why does the file I want to import have a red background?

WordPress only allows the importing/uploading of certain file types to improve your security.
If you wish to add extra file types, you can use a plugin such as: You can also enable “Unfiltered uploads” globally for WordPress if you’d like to override this security function. Please see the WordPress support forum for details.

Where are the files saved?

If you import a file which is outside your standard upload directory (usually wp-content/uploads/) then it will be copied to your current upload directory setting as normal.
If you however import a file which is already within the uploads directory (for example, wp-content/uploads/2011/02/ then the file will not be copied, and will be used as-is.

I have a a bug report

You can report bugs in the plugins Support Forum here


I love this plugin so much!

If it is possible, can you add a function that add image but resize image to different size rely on image names(the photos were renamed by users and uploaded to server first)

Works well when you need it.

It’s one thing to upload media files to a (migrated) WordPress site. It’s another thing for WordPress media library to actually recognize the media in the database. That’s where this plugin comes in. You may need to deactivate other plugins while you do run “Add From Server” (ie: Wordfence). Otherwise, you will get messages saying this plugin is insecure. But “Add From Server” is likely going to be a one-time deal during a migration or restoration of deleted files. It would be nice though if it could add from the entire uploads folder, rather than having to go into each year/month to add images.

Good, but slightly retarded

Perhaps because it’s an old plugin, throws an error on my server, which makes it easy to upload multiple sets of media, if you aren’t checking the Media Library.

deleted my library

after selecting the images from my server to import, I clicked Import, and it said everything was successfull.

Went to my Media Library and it was empty. Even the images that WERE ALREADY THERE before I used this plugin are gone.

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Contributors & Developers

“Add From Server” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Add From Server” has been translated into 10 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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  • Fixes some scenario’s where the translation warning sticks around for translated (and other english locales)
  • Fixes a PHP Warning
  • Support per-user locales
  • Bumps required version of WordPress to 4.5+


  • Security Fix: Fixes a CSRF vulnerability which could be used to trick a user into importing a large file to their site. Props to Edwin Molenaar (
  • Fix a typo that caused subsequent plugin activations to fail if the server doesn’t meet the Add From Server requirements
  • Fix a path mismatch on certain windows configurations (No longer need to specify uppercase disk markers)
  • Import Audio metadata and store image/audio metadata in the same manner as core.


  • Fix plugin activation


  • The plugin now requires WordPress 4.0 and PHP 5.4 as a minumum requirement.
  • Updated to use translation system. Please submit translations through
  • Updated to WordPress 4.3 styles