The convenient download manager for WordPress.

An easy-to-use download manager for WordPress, focused on automation.

Example use case: A single file is present in multiple ZIP archives, such as promotional materials. When a change is needed, simply replace the file once, and it will be automatically updated in all existing ZIP archives.

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  • User-friendly interface
  • Time-saving automation
  • Reliable performance

Top features

  • GDPR compliant: IP address anonymization by default
  • Built-in security: direct path to the download file remains hidden
  • Integrated help and documentation for all functions
  • Download statistics
  • Shortcodes
  • Download button
  • Download button with icons
  • Display information like file size or download count
  • Generate file lists
  • Embed an audio player
  • Embed a video player
  • Show MD5 and SHA1 hashes in the frontend
  • Option to activate direct URL paths for PDF files
  • Centralized file management
  • Automatic ZIP archive creation
  • PHP 8 compatible
  • Ready for internationalization
  • Multilingual
  • And more…

Effortlessly embed download buttons with shortcodes

Begin by uploading your file, then create a new post or page and apply the shortcode provided below. This shortcode will automatically generate a download button for you.

[zdownload file="123"]

Embed automatically generated ZIP archives effortlessly with shortcodes

Start by creating a new ZIP archive entry in the backend and link this entry to the previously uploaded files you want to include. After this setup is complete, create a new post or page on your site and embed the provided shortcode.

[zdownload zip="123"]

Effortlessly embed external files with shortcodes

If you wish to incorporate a file from another website as a downloadable asset on your own site, you can utilize a specific shortcode. By embedding this shortcode in your post or page, you will generate a download button that links directly to the external file.

[zdownload url="https://example.com/file.zip"]

Output list of linked files in an archive with shortcodes

With our special shortcode, managing your data has never been easier. Now, you can output all files linked to an archive as a list for a clear overview. Simply embed the shortcode into the desired post or page and get an organized display of all associated files.

[zdownload_list zip="123"]

Output audio files as audio player using shortcode

With our easy-to-use shortcode, you can transform any audio file (MP3, WAV, OGG, etc.) into a functional audio player directly. Just embed the shortcode into your post or page, and the selected audio file will be immediately output as an audio player, ready for playback.

[zdownload_audio file="123"]

Output video files as video player using shortcode

With our user-friendly shortcode, you can transform any video file directly into a functional video player. Just embed the shortcode into your post or page, and the selected video file will immediately be output as a video player, ready for viewing.

[zdownload_video file="123"]


Z-Downloads can be translated into multiple languages. Currently, it supports these languages:

  • English
  • German


  • Overview of all uploaded files

  • Overview of all archives

  • Dashboard widget with download statistics

  • Detail view from a audio file with audio player

  • Available shortcodes for this archive

  • Use case in a post


In the WordPress plugin directory

Search for „Z-Downloads“ in your WordPress plugin directory and install it, then activate it.


Is Z-Downloads free?

Yes! All basic functions are free.

For advanced functions there is Z-Downloads Premium, this includes for example the output of MD5 and SHA1 hash values or unlimited files per ZIP archive.

Who is this plugin for?

Bloggers and website operators who want a easy to use download plugin and offer various downloads.

Is this plugin GDPR (DSGVO) compliant?

Yes, no personal data of visitors is saved. By default, the IP address is anonymized, but this can be changed in the settings.

What language is the plugin in?

Z-Downloads is in English by default and completely translated into German, other languages can easily be added.


10. März 2024
Took me a while to find this one! 😃 I knew I’m not the only one who doesn’t like to deal with Dropbox and GDrive links and just wanted to have a simple solution to generate and manage my own download-links in a safe & secure way to provide clients with their file.
7. August 2021 1 Antwort
I love the way this plugin works. I’m using it with Oxygen builder and seems to not be able to record the download count for some reason, but just love all the functions and how it works. Please keep up the development!
20. Januar 2021 1 Antwort
I installed this one after a local test. My old downloadmanager was giving me some problems in optimizing my website, this one doen’t. Besides that this pluging has a great workflow, I had it filled and installed in no time, very well thought interface. In short, I’m very happy with this solid plugin. It deserves more downloads.
4. März 2019 2 Antworten
Dieser Download Manager kann genau das was ich gesucht habe, Dateien in mehreren ZIP-Datei packen und automatisch aktualisieren, super!
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