How to download the entire WordPress media library

Imagine you want to remove your WordPress website from the Internet. It is a shame and God forbid that we do not get to that, but let’s put ourselves in that situation through which more than one will have passed. The database and all its information do not matter to you, you only care what you have uploaded to the CMS multimedia library and you do not want to make a backup of the entire project to simply take advantage of those files. what do in this situation? Don’t worry, at WPDirecto we have the solution. We show you how to download the entire WordPress media library .

Download the entire WordPress media library using an FTP client

As you well know, the files of your WordPress installation are hosted on a web server, and to access them we need an FTP account. If you need more information on how to access your files through an FTP client, visit our article How to edit WordPress files through an FTP client .

Once connected to the FTP of your website, navigate to / wp-content / uploads and download this folder to your computer . If you have been blogging for a long time, you will have noticed that the folder is quite heavy. Don’t worry, it’s the most normal thing in the world.

When the download is finished, check if all the files that you have been uploading to your WordPress are inside. The / uploads folder is made up of other subfolders that refer to the year and month in which those files that make it up were uploaded.

Download the entire WordPress media library using a plugin

The first thing you have to do is install and activate the Download Media Library plugin . To do this, go to the Plugins section of your WordPress backoffice and select the Add New option. On the Add New Plugin page, look for the plugin that we want to install using the search field that is located in the upper right part of the page.

Type the name of the plugin (which as we have indicated is “Download Media Library”) and press ENTER to start the search. If you have followed the steps to the letter, this plugin should appear as the first search result. Install it and activate it to be able to use it .

Once activated, go to Multimedia> Download Media Library to configure the plugin.

As you will see, the plugin gives you the option to download the multimedia library based on the type of post . That is, you can download those images or files that are added to posts, pages, multimedia (which encompasses everything), or any other type of post that you use in your CMS.

multimedia library 

You can select a single type, or as many as you need, depending on your needs .

The plugin also allows you to select the type of file to download. For example, we can exclusively download PDFs, GIF images, JPG images or PNG images. As in the previous section, we can choose more than one option.

multimedia library

In addition, the two sections can be combined, thus being able to choose the option to download all PDFs associated with pages, for example. Or without going any further, we can also download through this plugin, all GIFs, PNGs and JPGs associated with both posts and pages. Do you understand me?

Once we have selected the options that we want to download, we will have to click on the Download .zip button . You will see how a compressed file is downloaded to you with all the images based on the premises selected previously.

And so far our article on how to download the entire WordPress media library. I hope you liked it and, if you have found it useful, do not hesitate to share it on social networks.

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