How to Download WordPress Media Library

Download your entire WordPress media library (with and without FTP)

Why would you want to download the media library from WordPress?

There are many scenarios in which downloading all WP media files become required. It could be when you create a brand new website and you want to keep those valuable files in place. You can also regularly store your media library archive in case anything goes wrong or got strange conflicts.

While it is possible to go through each image, download one by one and then arrange the files, you would not want to choose that manual work. This article is going to show you 2 ways to download the entire library of your WordPress media files, just in one click. And those files are stored in a single archived zip. Just so convenient for you to tuck in your computer or keep it on cloud storage services.

Using Filester File Manager Pro plugin

Filester is actually a handy yet versatile file manager for your WordPress server files. I’m going to show you only a tiny feature to help you see how it works in saving WordPress media library.

To start off, you need to go your WordPress admin dashboard and download Filester.

This can be done easily by running a search of Filester > Install Now > Activate the plugin.

After activated, Filester plugin creates a new menu item File Manager on the left sidebar. And you can click on it to view all the files that compose your current WordPress website.


Filester file manager pro user interface

This user-friendly interface allows you to browse files and folders at ease like on your computer. I would expect it’ll be extremely simple for you to find the folder for all WordPress media files. By clicking on the folder wp-content > uploads, you’ll locate all your media files arranged in folders.

By now you can just right-click the folder you want to download and choose Download to get them automatically downloaded to your computer in a .ZIP file.


download wordpress media library using filester

This download process right from WordPress dashboard is conducted very fast and smoothly, compared to downloading via an FTP client, which is to be introduced to you below.

Using FTP client

Your next option is to use the file transfer protocol method, which requires you to download an FTP client. FTP is, of course, an excellent solution for WordPress management. If you, however, are a non-techie, it’ll be quite frustrating with those issues that you can’t understand or handle.

Now that if you can run FTP client, connect to Site Manager and navigate to your WordPress contents via the path /public-html/wp-content/uploads.

Every time you upload images and videos to WordPress media library, they will be stored in server folders. This system follows a chronological order which means the files uploaded in the year 2020 will be stored in the folder 2020, and so on and so forth for the subfolder of months.

You can do almost the same as the operations of Filester, find the folder you want to keep and right-click to download them.

download wordpress media library using ftp


Once you have correctly downloaded your WordPress media library, you will have a full backup of WP documents and media files. Bear in mind that WordPress store many different sizes of one image, so the media library you get has more files than original files. They will come in handy when you need to sort out optimized pictures and videos for your next projects later on.

If you guys have other methods to do the same task, don’t hesitate to leave us a message here!

Did I mention that Filester has many other powerful features mentioned in this article? Something you can do with the help of Filester includes drag-and-drop to move files, right-click to access smart context menu, advanced settings for different user roles.

If you would love to organize your WordPress media files better with folders, grab FileBird – WordPress media library folders now!