Show a List of Files on Your Website

Simple File List gives your WordPress website a list of your files which allows your users to open and download them. Users can also upload files if you choose, and you can restrict list access and/or file uploads to only logged in users.

Simple File List allows you to easily share files with anyone from your website. It is a good alternative to using Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, WeTransfer or FTP. And it runs on your website.

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Use Simple File List

  • When sharing files within an organization or community of others.
  • When you need a list of downloadable files, such as documents or media files.
  • When you need a list of files protected by a login.
  • When exchanging files if the size gets too large for email attachment.
  • When you need a basic file upload form so people can send you files.

How it Works

This simple bit of shortcode, [eeSFL], will place a file upload form and file list anywhere you choose on your website.

Add the “showfolder” attribute and place a specific folder:

[eeSFL showfolder="Folder-A"]

Using this, you can create many pages, each with a different file list…

[eeSFL showfolder="Folder-A/Folder-B/Folder-C"]

Users can only navigate downward from the folder displayed.

The file list has extensive settings, which allow you to customize the look and functionality of the file list.

The Admin File List

On the plugin’s admin settings page is the Admin File List. From here you can manage your files as well as the plugin settings. Easily upload, download, open, add descriptions, rename and delete files and folders.

File List Features

Optionally allow your users to upload files to the folder you choose.

  • Restrict access to the list to only logged in users or hide it completely.
  • Restrict who can access the Admin-side file list and settings.
  • Upload, download, open, rename and delete files and folders.
  • Add descriptions to files to describe the content and/or improve SEO.
  • Optionally allow front-side users to have complete access to file management features.
  • Optionally allow front-side users to send email links to the files.
  • Optionally show file list table columns; file date, size and file thumbnail.
  • Sort files randomly or by name, date or file size (ascending or descending).
  • Auto-generates thumbnails for videos*, image files and document-specific icons.
  • Over-ride plugin settings as needed using shortcode attributes.
  • Configure the file list disk-refresh interval to reduce server load for larger lists.

File Upload Form Features

You can restrict uploading to only logged-in users or allow anyone to upload. Please upload a nice file 🙂

Upload Files

Processing the Upload

File Limit: 3 files
Size Limit: 100 MB per file.
Types Allowed: jpg, jpeg, png, pdf, mp4
Drag-and-drop files here or use the Browse button.

  • Simple reliable multi-file upload form works on websites and mobile devices.
  • Browse or drag-and-drop files to upload. Progress bar shows percent uploaded.
  • Restrict front-side uploading to only Admins or logged-in users, or turn it off completely.
  • Define the file-types you want users to be able to upload.
  • Limit number of files uploaded per submission.
  • Limit the maximum size per file.
  • Get an email notice each time a file is uploaded.
  • Configure all aspects of the notifications, such as from, name, subject as well as the text of the message.
  • Optionally gather the user’s name, email and comments when uploading a file and include this within the notice. This information can then be displayed on the file list if desired. (As Shown)

Add Extensions

Add the File Access Manager to organize restrict access to files and file lists based on WordPress users or user roles. Make only specific files in your list available to the public.

Add the Search & Pagination extension to allow searching for file names and date ranges. Pagination breaks long file lists into smaller pages.

Like the main plugin, each extension cost is one-time, with all future updates included. Extensions must be registered to the domain name used. Go to the Add Features tab on the plugin’s settings page to add.



Simple File List comes with 11 language localizations.

  • cz_CZ – Czech (Czech Republic)
  • da_DK – Danish (Denmark)
  • de_DE – German (Germany)
  • es_ES – Spanish (Spain)
  • es_MX – Spanish (Mexico)
  • fr_CA – French (Canada)
  • fr_FR – French (France)
  • fr_BE – French (Belgium)
  • it_IT – Italian (Italy)
  • nl_NL – Dutch (Netherlands)
  • pt_BR – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • pt_PT – Portuguese (Portugal)
  • sv_SE – Swedish (Sweden)

Machines are nice and all, but please contact me if you want to help improve or add a translation.



* FFmpeg required for video thumbnail creation.
* Simple File List Pro required.