Easy Media Download


Easy Media Download is a free download manager for WordPress. It gives your users the ability to download digital media files from your website. The plugin is lightweight and makes downloading easier. You can create beautiful download button which instantly starts the download once clicked.



  • Create quick downloads
  • Free downloads for music or audio files e.g. mp3, aac, m4a, wav
  • Insert download buttons into your landing page
  • Free downloads for video files e.g. mp4, mov, qt (QuickTime), mpg, mpeg, flv, m4v, swf, flash, avi, wma, ogg, webm
  • Allow users to directly download in all file formats
  • Free downloads for document file e.g. doc, docx (OpenOffice, Microsoft Word), odt (OpenDocument), htm, html, ps, tex, xml, txt, csv
  • Allow large file download (No limit on the file size)
  • Free downloads for Office file e.g. xlsx (Microsoft Excel), pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint)
  • Accept donations for your free digital downloads using PayPal
  • Free downloads for script e.g. js, css, php
  • Track/Monitor your downloads
  • Free downloads for archive or compressed file e.g. tar, rar, zip, 7z, gz, z
  • Force the browser to open the download prompt
  • Free downloads for image file e.g. png, gif, jpg, jpeg, bmp
  • Open the download in a new tab
  • Free downloads for e-book e.g. pdf, epub

For more information please check the Easy Media Download documentation page

Embedding Shortcodes for the Downloads

Create a new post/page and use the following shortcode to create a download button for your digital media file:

[easy_media_download url="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myfile.zip"]

here, url is a shortcode parameter that you need to replace with the actual URL to your digital file

You can also specify additional optional parameters in the shortcode to customize the free download button.

Button Text

By default the text for the download button is “Download Now”. But you can choose to modify the text using the “text” parameter.

[easy_media_download url="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myfile.zip" text="Free Download"]

Button Width

By default the width for the download button is “153”. But you can choose to modify it using the “width” parameter.

[easy_media_download url="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myfile.zip" text="Free Download" width="100"]

Button Height

By default the height for the download button is “41”. But you can choose to modify it using the “height” parameter.

[easy_media_download url="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myfile.zip" text="Free Download" width="100" height="50"]

Download in a new window

By default the download starts in the same window. But you can choose to modify it using the “target” parameter.

[easy_media_download url="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myfile.zip" target="_blank"]  (opens the download in a new window)<h3>Force File Download</h3>

Usually, when a digital file is recognized by the browser it does not prompt for download. The file just opens in the browser instead. You can choose to modify this behaviour using the force_dl parameter in the shortcode.

[easy_media_download url="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myfile.mp3" force_dl="1"]<h3>Download Button Templates</h3>

Easy Media Download comes with 21 different download button templates. All you need to do is specify the style and the button will look just like it. For example:

[easy_media_download url="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myfile.zip" color="red_darker"]
  • grey
  • grey_light
  • Red
  • green_dark
  • green_light
  • Green
  • Blue
  • blue_two
  • blue_three
  • blue_four
  • Orange
  • orange_two
  • orange_light
  • orange_dark
  • Purple
  • purple_dark
  • purple_light
  • yellow_red
  • hot_pink
  • Pink

If you want to fully customize the download button you can use your own button image instead.

Link Rel

You can use the HTML link rel attribute in the shortcode to define the relationship between your page and the linked download.

[easy_media_download url="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myfile.zip" rel="nofollow"]<h3>Custom CSS Class</h3>

In addition to various button templates, If you want to apply custom styling to a button you can do so by using the class parameter.

[easy_media_download url="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myfile.zip" class="myclass"]

You can specify multiple CSS classes in the shortcode.

[easy_media_download url="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/myfile.zip" class="myclass1 myclass2 myclass3"]<h3>Embedding a Donation Button for Free Download</h3>

You can accept donations from users visiting your site for your free downloads. Simply use the following shortcode with your PayPal email address in it.

[emd_donation email="abc123@hotmail.com"]

Donation Currency

The default currency is “USD”. But you can also accept payments in your preferred currency using the “currency” parameter.

[emd_donation email="abc123@hotmail.com" currency="CAD"] (This will set the currency to Canadian Dollar)

Payment Page Language

The default locale for the payment page is “US”. But you can set it to your preferred language using the “locale” parameter.

[emd_donation email="abc123@hotmail.com" locale="BE"] (This will set the locale to Belgium)

Donation Button Image

You can customize the donation button by specifying your preferred image in the shortcode.

[emd_donation email="abc123@hotmail.com" image="http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/images/donate.jpg"]<h3>Digital Download Tracking</h3>

Easy Media Download is integrated with the Google Analytics plugin. It allows you to see how many times a particular file has been downloaded in real time from your Google Analytics account.


Easy Media Download can be translated into your languages. Currently it supports the following languages:

  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Turkish

If you are a non-English speaker please help translate Easy Media Download into your language.

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  • Download Now button demo


  1. Go to the Add New plugins screen in your WordPress Dashboard
  2. Click the upload tab
  3. Browse for the plugin file (easy-media-download.zip) on your computer
  4. Click “Install Now” and then hit the activate button


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October 29, 2018
Though it wasn't completely intuitive, I got this to work without any help, without it even taking very long, and that is really saying something. The cute little demo film provided by the developer clinched my success. if you are not exactly sure how to make this plugin work right away, just exercise a little patience as you watch the demo several times. I am very grateful to the developers--thank you!
April 12, 2017
hello, i've downloaded the plugin "easy media download" i activated plugin, everything was successful and now i cannot locate the actual plugin. Yes it is listed with all my plugins. but still cannot locate the actual plugin to set up and use. ty in advance
February 9, 2017
Does a great job thanks! Took me a wee while to get my head around how it works, now I love it
February 8, 2017
I was battling with html code (and I'm not a coder), so this little addin worked wonders for me, really simple to use with an embedded code (and the donate option was an added boon) Just one issue (its an internet browser issue) Not all internet browsers download the file when clicked... This is not a major problem, just add a note to say, if the download opens in another window, tell the user to right click and select "Save As"
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Contributors & Developers

“Easy Media Download” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Easy Media Download” has been translated into 7 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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  • Added a new parameter to support the HTML link rel attribute in the download button.



  • Added a new class parameter to the download button shortcode


  • Easy Media Download is now compatible with WordPress 4.4


  • Updated the translation files so the plugin can take advantage of language packs


  • Easy media download is now compatible with WordPress 4.3


  • Easy media download is now compatible with WordPress 3.9


  • Added a feature where the digital media file will download instead of opening in the browser window


  • Added translation options in the plugin
  • Added more download button templates


  • Added donation options for free downloads


  • Easy media download is now compatible with WordPress 3.8


  • Added a new shortcode parameter to open the download in a new window


  • First commit