Content Media Manager

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How to access

Click the Media Manager icon in the Control Panel, or click Content  Media Manager menu in the back-end of your Joomla! installation.


The Media Manager is a tool for uploading or deleting files in the <joomlaroot>/images/ directory on a web server. Tools included are: uploading new file(s), deleting existing file(s), and creating sub-directories.




At the top right you will see the toolbar:


The functions are:


  • Upload: Opens hidden element under Thumbnail or Detail view buttons for uploading images.</translate>


  • Create Folder: Opens hidden element under Thumbnail or Detail view buttons, where the name of a new folder can be entered and created.</translate>


  • Delete: Deletes the selected images. Works with one or multiple images selected.</translate>


  • Options. Opens the Options window where settings such as default parameters can be edited.</translate>


  • Help. Opens this help screen.</translate>



To alternate views between thumbnails and details simply select the view you want by clicking "Thumbnails View" or "Details View" by clicking on one of these icons. The folder tree can be seen in either view on the left sidebar. Clicking a folder in the folder tree to open the folder in the selected view.

Thumbnail View

The 'Thumbnails View' is shown below, it contains previews of images and icons for sub-folders:


  • Navigation
  • Click the folder icons or images. Folders icons will show more content of folder, image click a preview of the image.
  • Use the carat ^ symbol Helps30-Media-Manager-carat-icon.png to 'go up' one folder level.
  • Click X to delete file or folder. Alternatively, click check boxes to mark folders and files for deletion. The click 'Delete' toolbar button located at the left, top.

Details View

The 'Details View' is shown below, it contains more details about the files. The benefit of the 'Details View' is the additional information on the files, dimensions: width x height in pixels(px) and file size: actual file disk size.


  • Navigation
  • Same as in the 'Thumbnails View', click on elements.
  • Files shown in preview column, folder icon for sub-folders
  • Click X to delete file or folder. Alternatively, click check boxes to mark folders and files for deletion. The click 'Delete' toolbar button located at the left, top.

Uploading Files

If you would like to upload images or other files to the <joomlaroot>/images/ directory (or any of the sub directories) simply open the directory you want to upload in by clicking on it in the file navigation utility on the right side of the screen. Near the bottom of the Media Manager, there is an area marked Upload File [Max 10M]. Underneath that heading are three buttons: "Browse", "Start Upload", and "Clear Completed". To upload a file, start by using the "Browse" button to find the file you would like to upload, and then click "Open". (You can do this several times so long as the overall file size accumulation doesn't exceed your max file upload size). Once you have all the files you want queued, hit the "Start Upload" button. The files will be uploaded to the selected directory.

  1. Click 'Choose Files' button
  2. Select file(s) from native File Browser Manger Window and complete selection.
  3. 'No file chosen' will change to reflect the number of files chosen to upload. Then click the 'Start Upload' Upload-file-button.png button to start the uploading of selected files.

Create New Folder

If you want to create a sub directory, you can do so using the Media Manager. Navigate to the directory you want the soon-to-be sub directory to be located in. In the upper right hand side of the Media Manager, there is a text field area next to a button labeled "Create Folder". Type the name of the desired sub directory into this text field, and then click the "Create Folder" button. The page will refresh and the sub folder will have been created.

First field shows the folder location, not editable, and just for information purposes. Type name of New Folder in the next field. Then click the Create-Folder-button.png button. See below:


Quick Tips

  • The Media Manager's maximum upload size can be changed to an amount other than 10M in the Global Configuration.
  • You can upload multiple files at the same time. Click on 'Start Upload' to upload all images displayed beneath it.
  • Click on 'Clear completed' to delete the completed files from the uploading list. The images will not be removed from your /images directory.

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