File List Settings

The File List Settings tab allows you to define the appearance and functionality of the file list.

File List Details

Name your file list and define the file list directory (Pro version) The directory path must be relative to your WordPress home folder. (ABSPATH) The directory you enter will be created if it does not exist.

Default Location: wp-content/uploads/simple-file-list/

File List Behavior

Display the file list to everyone, only to logged in users, only administrators or to nobody.

Back-Side Settings Access

Determine who can access the back-side settings. Access is based on WordPress user roles.

Allow Front-End Manage

Allow the same file editing and deletion capabilities on the front side of the site as the back-end.

Add the File Access Manager extension to give you much improved access control.

File List Display

File List Table

Choose which table columns to show in the file list and use a custom label if desired.

The file date format uses the format selected on your WordPress General Settings page.

Show Header

Show the table header above the file list or not. It can be useful to turn this off when showing file lists in small spaces.

Show Breadcrumb

Show or hide the folder breadcrumb trail above the front-side list.

File Sorting and Order

Sort By

Sort the list by File Name, Date Added, Date Modified, Size or Randomly.

Reverse Order

Check this box to reverse the default sort order. The list is sorted Ascending by default: A to Z, Small to Large, Old to New

File Details

Show File Description

Display the file description below the file name. Descriptions can be added on the Admin List or as users upload files.

Show File Actions

Show the file action links (Open, Download, etc) below each file on the front-side list.

Show File Owner

Show the name of the user who uploaded the file.

Note – User information for those who are logged in when uploading the file, or if the Get Uploader Info form is displayed, is automatically saved regardless of this setting.

Show Extension

Show or hide the file name extension, i.e. .JPG

Preserve Spaces

Spaces in file names are replaced with hyphens in order to make the URL legal. This setting will revert this action for display. Learn more about file naming restrictions.


Simple File List scans your system and files in the background at an hourly (1 hour) interval. This is to update any changes that may have occurred in the environment. It then saves an array of the current file information to the WordPress database. Meta data, such as file descriptions, the owner and other additional information is also stored here.

This allows the file list to re-load quickly from the database without the need to scan the environment and server hard disk each time. Always use the cache unless you add files outside of the plugin (via FTP or other means) frequently.

Thumbnail Generation

Simple File List can automatically create thumbnail images from common image types, page 1 of PDF files, and the 1 second mark of video files. Your server must be compatible and have the required components for these features to work.

Pro Version Only

File Folders

Allow Folder Download
Allow front-end users to download entire folders and sub-folders as a ZIP file.

When users click the download link, a zip file is generated and a download link to that is presented.

ZIP files are temporarily stored in a temp directory, and deleted automatically each hour.

Sort Folders First
Shows the folders grouped together at the top of the list, rather than sorted along with the files.

Show Folder Size
If unchecked, the count of items within the folder will be shown.

File Sending Files

Allow File Sending

Allow front-side users to email links to files.

Blind Copy Self

Send a blind copy to the sender.

40 thoughts on “File List Settings”

  1. Hi Mitch,
    I see we have the copy link option, which is great.
    Is it possible to turn this off for the public facing view of the site?

    I feel it might confuse some people.

    Many thanks,

  2. Good afternoon, I am interested in obtaining the plugin but I want to know if it is possible to organize the lists with drag and drop

        • You can do this by using two shortcodes with these attributes on the page…

          [eeSFL list="2" showfolder="Folder-In" showlist="NO" allowuploads="YES"]

          [eeSFL list="2" showfolder="Folder-Displayed" showlist="YES" allowuploads="NO"]

          Replace the values for “list” and “showfolder” as needed.

      • What I meant was if the person is logged in as USER1 then the person can only access Home/USER1 folder.

        If a person is logged in as USER2 then that person can only access Home/USER2 folder.

        • Okay, to do this you will use separate lists rather than folders. The User Mode list is what this was intended for. If you want the user’s folders to appear in your main list, set the path of each user list as a sub-folder of your main list. Just remember that access is based on the list, not folder permissions.

  3. Hello,

    I subscribed to the file manager and pro plugins, and I am looking to restrict the upload function to certain user types (ex. managers and owners) while keeping view-only capabilities for other users (ex. employees).

    Is there an easy way to do this?


  4. Hi Mitch,

    Could you let me know how to change this CSS for additional file lists e.g. [eeSFL list="2"] etc.
    #eeSFL td.eeSFL_Thumbnail, #eeSFL td.eeSFL_Thumbnail img {
    width: 20px;
    height: 20px;

  5. Estoy buscando un plugin que me permita realizar cargue masivo de archivos pdf pero necesito distribuirlo de dos formas:
    1. La primera es que solo los usuarios que inicien sesión puedan ver los archivos de información general en un área pavada general, ejemplo actas, reglamentos.

    2. La segunda es que solo usuarios que inicien sesión puedan ver, en un área aun más privada, archivos que solo le conciernen a él, ejemplo, memos, cuentas.

    Usuarios que no hayan iniciado sesión y entren al sitio web no pueden acceder a ningún archivo, ni siquiera sabrían de su existencia.

    Esto se puede hacer con la version gratuita o la versión paga? Este plugin tiene ese alcance? Cómo s eharia?

    • Si, esto se puede hacer. Necesitará la versión Pro junto con la extensión File Access Manager.

      Yes, this can be done. You will need the Pro version along with the File Access Manager extension.

      I’m looking for a plugin that allows me to bulk upload pdf files but I need to distribute it in two ways:

      1. The first is that only users who log in can see the general information files in a general area, eg minutes, regulations.

      2. The second is that only users who log in can see, in an even more private area, files that only concern him, for example, memos, accounts.

      Users who have not logged in and enter the website cannot access any file, they would not even know of its existence.

      This can be done with the free version or the paid version? Does this plugin have that scope? How would it be?

  6. I made changes to the File Settings and hit the “Save” button. It takes me to a wordpress login screen. No matter what I enter, it doesn’t accept it.

    I called my provider, and after looking at the error logs they said it might be a plugin compatibility issue. Is your plugin compatible with the The7 theme? Have you ever had this issue before?

    Please let me know what you find.

    Hannah S.

  7. I have both the add-ons and love the capabilities of this plugin.
    I would like to be able to change the sort order field and Asend/Desend via short code so different folder lists can be sorted differently. Is that possible? If not is it something you would consider for an update?

  8. How to set the root directory to literally the ROOT directory of my website?
    If I enter “/” or “” or “//” as path, the plugin goes into default “wp-content/uploads/simple-file-list/” automatically.

    • There are several locations that are not allowed, your WordPress home dir, anything above that, and the core WordPress directories starting with wp-. You do not want to use these locations for security reasons.

    • Yes, add this CSS to your theme. Change the size as needed.

      Oui, ajoutez ce CSS à votre thème. Modifiez la taille selon vos besoins.

      small.eeSFL_ListFileActions { font-size: 100%; }

  9. Hello,

    We installed this plugin and seem to have a problem with the “File List Directory”.

    At first, we used a directory that already existed as /public_html/files…that didn’t work.

    Then we set up a directory /public_html/wp-content/uploads/files…that didn’t work either.

    There are sub-directories in the “files” directory and we have the scan set to zero.

    WordPress files are located in /public_html

    We must be missing something for the files to display or be found?

    Thanks for your help.

    • Don’t include the public_html in your path. This should work …


      … or simply …


      … if you want the list in your home folder.

      Make sure to use the trailing slash.

  10. Hola,

    Estoy intentado listar unos archivos pero que están dentro de carpetas. No se si este plugin permite realizar una busqueda por nombre y a continuación listar aquellos que tengan el parámetro pasado.

    Y si es así como lo podría hacer.

    Me urge la respuesta. Gracias.

    • Deberá comprar la extensión de la carpeta para enumerar los archivos dentro de las subcarpetas.

      Si compra la extensión de búsqueda, puede buscar archivos según sea necesario.

    • You can create separate pages for each user containing their folder, then use WordPress’ “Password Protected” feature to restrict each user. Alternatively, there are plugins that can limit page access-by-user.


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