Simple File List


Simple File List is a free plugin that is great for when you need to provide a list of files, either publicly available or private to logged-in users. Place a file list anywhere on your site using a simple shortcode, allowing your front-end users to open, download and optionally edit them. Users can also upload files if you choose.

Simple File List is also a good alternative for creative people using clumsy FTP or Dropbox for larger files. Simply provide your clients with a link to their file list.


  • Manage your files and the list settings from the Admin List.
  • Complete settings for: list display and performance, file uploading restrictions, upload notifications and additional functionality options.
  • Both the Front-side List and Uploader can be shown to users based on their role; Everyone, Only Logged-in User, Only Admins or Nobody.
  • Optionally collect the uploader’s name, email and description of the file(s). This can then be shown in the file list.
  • Files can also be assigned descriptions, which can be added from the Admin list or user uploads. Descriptions can be shown or hidden.
  • Use the Send option to send someone an email with a link to your file.
  • Optionally allow your front-side users full control over renaming, moving, sending, deleting and editing descriptions.

This Plugin is Great For:

  • Posting official documents.
  • Sharing files within an organization.
  • Sharing files with business clients or a community.
  • Enabling distance learning by allowing schools to share class materials with students.
  • When you need a list of archived files, such as videos, PDF files, or music files.
  • When you need a simple front-side uploader so people can send you files.
  • Exchanging files when the sizes get too large for email attachments.

File List Features

  • Limit access to only Admins or logged-in users, or hide the list and only show the uploader.
  • Add and manage your files from the Admin List.
  • Show columns for file date, size and a thumbnail for images and videos.
  • Add descriptions to files and optionally show them in your list.
  • Sort file by name, date or file size … ascending or descending.
  • Thumbnail images are generated automatically for images and videos (ffMpeg required).
  • Files are kept separate from the media library

File Uploader Features

  • Simple reliable uploader, works on mobile devices too.
  • Drag and drop zone, plus upload progress bar
  • Allow uploading to only Admins or logged-in users, or turn it off completely.
  • Limit the types of files users can upload.
  • Limit number of files uploaded per submission.
  • Limit the maximum upload file size.
  • Get an email notice each time a file is uploaded.
  • Option to gather the uploader’s name, email and comments.

Shortcode Attributes

Use shortcode attributes to over-ride the main plugin settings.

  • Shortcode Builder allows you to create custom file list shortcodes.
  • Choose to create a new draft post/page with the shortcode in place.*
  • List Visibility: showlist=»YES / USER / ADMIN / NO»
  • Uploader Visibility: allowuploads=»YES / USER / ADMIN / NO»
  • File Thumbnail Column: showthumb=»YES / NO»
  • File Size Column: showsize=»YES / NO»
  • File Date Column: showdate=»YES / NO»
  • File List Appearance: showheader=»YES / NO»
  • File Actions (Open | Download): showactions=»YES / NO»
  • List Sort By: sortby=»Name, Date, Size, or Random»
  • List Sort Order: sortorder=»Descending or Ascending»


  • cz_CZ – Czech (Czech Republic)
  • da_DK – Danish (Denmark)
  • de_DE – German (Germany)
  • es_ES – Spanish (Spain)
  • es_MX – Spanish (Mexico)
  • fr_CA – French (Canada)
  • fr_FR – French (France)
  • fr_BE – French (Belgium)
  • it_IT – Italian (Italy)
  • nl_NL – Dutch (Netherlands)
  • pt_BR – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • pt_PT – Portuguese (Portugal)
  • sv_SE – Swedish (Sweden)


  • Simple lightweight design, easy to style and customize.
  • Committed and responsive support from the developer.

Upgrade to the PRO Version to Add Folder Support

  • Create unlimited levels of sub-folders.
  • Use a shortcode attribute to display specific folders.
    [eeSFL showfolder=»folderA/folderB»]
  • Display different folders in different places on your site.
  • You can even show several different folders on the same page and within widgets.
  • Front-side users cannot navigate above the folder you specify.
  • Breadcrumb navigation indicates where you are.
  • Easily move files and folders as needed.
  • Rename folders and add descriptions, which can be shown in the file list.
  • Quickly delete any folder, along with all contents.
  • Choose to sort folders first or sort along with the files.
  • Optionally display folder sizes.
  • Optionally define a custom file list directory.

Go to the Get Pro tab to Upgrade

PRO Extensions

File Access Manager

  • Lock down your files to prevent direct access. Only allow specific users to see the file you want them to.
  • Limit file access to only logged-in users. Specify the minimum role or specify a matched role.
  • Create a file list for a specific WordPress user or a group of users.
  • For each list mode you can separately control permissions for file uploading and front-side file management.

Create Five Types Lists

Normal Mode
Do not restrict access. Files are viewable by anyone who can reach the file list page. Files may also be linked-to from outside of your website.

Limited Mode
Restrict file list access to all except WordPress users matching a specified role or with a minimum role or higher.

Group Mode
Restrict file list access to a specified group of WordPress users.

User Mode
Restrict file list access to a specific WordPress user.

Restricted Mode
Restrict access to all of the files by default. Grant access to specific files to specific users.

Search & Pagination

  • Adds searching and pagination functionality.
  • Designed to make very large file lists more manageable.
  • Adds a search bar above the file list.
  • Search by file name and/or date, if this column is displayed.
  • Searches within sub-folders. (But not above the current folder)
  • Pagination breaks up large file lists into smaller pages.
  • Define the number of files per page in the settings.
  • Show or hide the search bar and/or pagination in the settings.
  • Updating to newer versions is just like other WordPress plugins.
  • Shortcode attributes to control search visibility and pagination functionality.
    [eeSFL search=»YES/NO» paged=»YES/NO» filecount=»25″]
  • Use a shortcode to place a search form anywhere on your website.
    [eeSFLS permalink=’file-list-url’]

More Information | Try the Demo


  • Front-side display, both upload and list activated.
  • Back-side display, both upload and list are always activated.
  • Back-side settings page.


Just like most other WordPress plugins…

  1. To install, simply use the amazing WordPress plugin installer, or upload the plugin zip file to your WordPress website, and activate it.
  2. A new main menu item will appear: File List Click on this.
  3. Then click on Settings tab and configure the features you want for your file list.
  4. Upload some files by clicking on the Upload Files button
  5. To add the file list to your website, simply add this shortcode: [eeSFL]
  6. Over-ride the settings using the shortcode attributes listed above.


Q: Who is Simple File List for?

A: This script is for media companies, print houses, educational institutions, music sites, etc… Anyone who exchanges files with clients and customers, or within a group setting.

Q: Are the file uploaded to the Media Library?

A: No, files are uploaded to a special folder inside your general WordPress uploads folder, or anywhere you specify.

Q: Can I limit the access to my file to only logged-in users?

Yes, you can limit to Admins or anyone who is logged in. If you need further users access control, consider the File Access Manager extension*.

Q: Can people who upload overwrite existing files?

A: No, by default a file will not be overwritten. If a file is uploaded having the same name as one already present, a series number is appended to the name ( filename_(2).ext ). If you don’t want this, uncheck the box on the Upload Settings tab.

Q: Can I place different lists in different places?

A: Yes, you can put place your file lists on different posts, pages and widgets. If you upgrade to the Proversion, you can even place different folders on your site.

Q: Are the files in the list searchable by Google and other search engines?

A: Only if you place a list on the front-side of your website which is viewable to the general public. If you choose USER, ADMIN or NO, in the List Settings these files will not be indexed by search engines.

Q: Can I customize the appearance of the list and uploader?

A: Yes, the CSS is easily over-ridden, making it easy for anyone with CSS knowledge to customize the page design. Check the Instructions page within the plugin’s admin panel for more info.

Q: Can I create custom behavior after an upload completes?

A: Yes, you can hook into the actions «eeSFL_UploadCompleted» and «eeSFL_UploadCompletedAdmin» and do pretty much anything you want upon upload completion.

Q: What is the maximum upload file size?

A: This is a setting that you choose in the file configuration. The initial default is 8 MB. The absolute maximum size will depend on your hosting setup. which is automatically detected.

Q: What if I have trouble or need assistance? Will you help?

A: Yes! I enjoy helping people. Please contact me with any issues using the WordPress Forum or via

Q: Why did you develop this plugin?

A: I got tired of the difficulties of getting files back and forth between myself and my non-technical clients once they become too large for email, and having an archive for them to return to was needed. Training these people to use FTP or Dropbox was a challenge. I wanted something simple that I could use on my own website, so I created a simple index.php page that solved my problem. I later realized that others could benefit from this functionality, so I decided to port it to my favorite website platform; WordPress. I also hoped that the donations would pay for a large home and a private jet, but that has not happened yet 🙁 Regardless, I still enjoy giving to the community and helping others.


18 de enero de 2021
Just what I've been looking for, a very simple way for users to upload/download files. Very easy to use and the developer responds quickly for support.
21 de noviembre de 2020
I needed to add a directory for users to exchange files and SFL does the job quite well. Some of the other plugins I looked at try to do too many other things. SFL does the task just as needed. I had some plugin conflicts going on and Mitch was quite helpful. The pro version and extensions are well worth it.
27 de julio de 2020
I bought Simple File List Pro and was very happy with the product. Definitely a good purchase. As my site is a few years old, I had some issues with it. I emailed Mitch and he was very responsive to my needs and helped resolve the issues I had. As for the product itself, it has a very nice, clean interface. It is easy to set up and the documentation is thorough. My only regret is that I didn't hear about this plugin sooner. I highly recommend this product. Jim W.
16 de junio de 2020
thank you for plugin, but can i get notif "File Upload Complete" after upload file if file list hiden?
19 de abril de 2020
I've never had an issue like this before. After having this plugin to my site for a month, today I opened my frontpage to see that SFL plugin has added an index.html page that demonstrates the logo and features of Simple File List to every user that opened the page. Even non logged users. The content of the page is Simple File List Put a List of Files on Your Website Simple File List is a basic WordPress file list with optional front-side uploader. The WordPress plugin provides an easy-to-integrate basic user interface allowing visitors, clients, customers, or associates to see a listing of your files (separate from the media library) and optionally upload files if you choose. and I want to make a notice to everyone that has it installed. Check your site!
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Registro de cambios


  • Added automatic thumbnail generation for TIFF (.tif & .tiff) image file types.
  • Bug fix where disallowed file types were being listed if added outside the plugin.
  • Updated documentation.


  • Added new option settings to allow you to individually show or hide the Open, Download and/or Copy Link actions on the front-end.
  • Added a new option setting to Enable or Disable the front-side Smooth Scrolling effect.
  • Language updates


  • Bug fix for undefined function.


  • Added a fix to prevent the «All in One SEO» plugin from parsing Simple File List shortcode, which was breaking front-end features.
  • Added a check to see if the PHP function shell_exec() is available.


  • Removed the mostly unnecessary free version cache feature. External uploads, like FTP, will now appear immediately.
  • Minor code and style improvements.


  • Bug fix where generated thumbnails were not getting updated when the main files were renamed or deleted.
  • Bug fix where file names using multiple spaces was causing the post-upload processor to fail.
  • Bug fix where the displayed max upload size was not accurate in some cases.


  • Added ability to generate thumbnails for PDF files. (by popular demand)
  • Added options for generating image, PDF and video thumbnails.
  • jQuery code updates


  • Added a «Copy Link» file operation. This copies the file’s URL to your clipboard.
  • Bug fix where file description was not removable.
  • Bug fix where fatal error was thrown on settings form submit.
  • Bug fix where a duplicate file array was created even if over-writing was allowed.
  • Language fixes.


  • Added smooth-scrolling down to the file list section after upload. (by popular demand)
  • Original file modification date is now preserved for file uploads. (by popular demand)
  • Sorting options now available for Date Added and Date Changed.
  • Redesigned the Edit Details dialog.
  • Reorganized the List Settings tabs.
  • Simplified Re-Scan Interval by changing to an ON/OFF setting. If ON, File List Cache expires in one hour, else the disk is scanned on each page load.
  • Admins can now always add file descriptions when uploading on the back-end.
  • Admins now see all file details on the back-end, regardless of front-side settings.
  • Improved and added translations.
  • Many many under-the-hood efficiency and security improvements.


  • Bug fix to prevent SPAM abuse.


  • Extensive under-the-hood changes so this version and the Pro version can run at the same time.
  • Now deleting corrupt image files (rather than jut warning) to prevent images disguised as malware being listed.
  • Removed support for extensions and added path to free upgrade to Pro for all extension owners.
    Pages using the «showfolder» shortcode attribute will show «ERROR 95» where the file list would be.
  • Removed support for files sending.
  • Added MIDI file type icon


  • Moved the «Delete» button from inside the File Edit dialog up to the File Actions links. (By popular demand)
  • Fixed a pesky bug where uploading a file with a name that required changing did not show in the confirmation list and wrongly applied meta data to the existing file.
  • Now updating the file modification date if file meta data is added or changed.
  • Process logging improvements.
  • Bug fix where file name formatting was reflected in the downloaded file.


  • Fixed a bug where the file uploader’s info was not being collected.
  • Fixed a bug where the «Get Submitter Information» setting was getting cleared when saving Upload Settings.
  • French and German language improvement.
  • Code improvements.


  • Fixed a bug where list settings were not working if WordPress is in a sub-folder.
  • Fixed a Javascript warning shown when the uploader was not being shown.
  • Removed the Search and Pagination extension integration.
  • Various minor changes.


  • Fixed several security issues.
  • Updated input sanitization to use WordPress functions.
  • Under-the-hood code improvements.


  • Speed and server load improvements.
  • Fixed a couple of bugs with sorting.
  • Fixed a bug where descriptions were not sticking to folders.
  • Improved the French translations, added French-Belgium translations.


  • Various security improvements
  • Code cleanup and Ajax Improvements


  • Disallowed changing the file type when renaming, as this presented a security risk for untrusted users.
  • Add sorting shortcodes [eeSFL sortby=»Name, Date, Size, or Random» sortorder=»Descending or Ascending»]
  • Fixed where clicking the Open link for a folder was opening in a new tab.
  • Improved the upload info form’s validation. Name and email are now required if getting uploader info.
  • Fixed an issue where both renaming a file and adding/editing the description caused the description to be applied to the wrong file.


  • Fixed a bug where some had a bad experience upon updating.


  • Improved flexibility when using multiple shortcodes per page.
  • Now auto-detecting a logged-in user and auto-populating the name and email fields on the upload form.
  • Added option to allow uploaded files to over-write existing files, rather than numbering new files with the same name.
  • No longer hiding upload settings if the uploader is set to not display.
  • Fixed a site crash after adding a very very large image file.
  • CSS Improvements
  • Various bug fixes and improvements


  • Added shortcodes for Search & Pagination customization
    ** [eeSFL paged=»(YES/NO)» filecount=»25″ search=»(YES/NO)»]


  • Fixed missing thumbnails when ffMpeg is installed, but fails to read the source video format.


  • Added new admin-side action hook: eeSFL_UploadCompletedAdmin
  • Video thumbnails were not being created via ffMpeg
  • Thumbnail images were not following proper path
  • Addressed Error 99 issue on Windows installations
  • Various bug fixes and code improvements


  • Improved the uploader with a drag-and-drop zone, plus a file upload progress bar.
  • Added file descriptions with option to show on front-side or not.
  • Added saving of upload info form inputs which can optionally be displayed as the file description on the front-side.
  • Created a new after-upload view which shows only the file(s) uploaded.
  • Added ability to customize the file lists heading labels.
  • Added ability to show or hide the file extension.
  • Added ability to preserve spaces in file names, which are normally replaced with hyphens.
  • Expanded configuration options for the upload notification emails (from, from name, to, cc, bcc, subject, and body text)
  • Added ability to restrict access to the plugin’s list and upload settings by WordPress user role
  • New Shortcode: hidename=»this-file.docx, that-folder» Hide specific file names in the list. Accepts a comma list of file names.
  • New Shortcode: hidetype=»psd, zip, folder» Hide specific file types in the list. Accepts a comma list of file extensions.
  • Implemented a database-based file lists to improve performance and allow for meta data tracking.
  • Added UploadDir status transient, instead of checking each time.
  • Added option to set list re-scan interval every 0 to 24 hours. Zero will work like old versions, accessing the file system on each load.
  • Moved settings to a single array in wp_options, instead of each separately, reducing code and database hits significantly.
  • Rewrote the single-level file directory listing method, using scandir() instead of the old opendir() method.
  • Improved styling, with much improved table display on small screens
  • Changed Rename and Delete links to use new AJAX routines. Removed the delete checkbox form and created File Edit accordion below each file.
  • Expanded settings, separating general list settings from list display options.


  • Bug fix where email notices were failing to send to multiple addresses.


  • File URL bug fix


  • Improved Search & Pagination integration


  • Translation updates and a minor change related to extension updating


  • Improvements and new features for Folder Support


  • Fixed the admin-side ugly arrow issue when file names create broken paths.
  • Changed «Add Folder Support» to «Add Features».
  • Now fully supports the new Search & Pagination extension.


  • Further improved thumbnail load times.
  • Revamped the file download process.


  • Front-side-delete bug fixes.
  • Improved thumbnail loading speed.
  • Unseen fixes, improvements and progress.


  • Minor bug fix


  • Further security improvements to the file downloader.


  • Improved file upload process.
  • Added support for optional search & pagination (coming soon)
  • Patched a security issue with the file downloader engine.


  • Bug fix to allow files with uppercase extensions to upload properly.


  • Fixed broken link within the email notice if the file name had spaces.
  • Fixed a security issue with the file downloader and deletion.


  • Addressed a bug causing extension updating failure
  • Improved process logging for better support


  • NEW Shortcode Builder: Dynamically create custom file list shortcode. Folder support ready.
  • Now you can automatically create a new draft post/page with your shortcode.
  • Fixed a bug where the default thumbnail SVG was not appearing for unaccounted-for file types
  • Minor Admin UI changes


  • Fixed an issue where jQuery was not being loaded on some themes.
  • Fixed an issue where File Thumbs were being turned off upon plugin update
  • Fixed a few other minor bugs


  • Fixed erroneous error message on multi-file uploads.
  • Readme.txt content updated


  • Added file renaming functionality
  • Added new shortcode options: showthumb, showsize, showdate, showactions and showheader to allow customization of the table appearance.
  • Added Front-Side file deletion and show/hide table header options
  • Added ability to either show or hide the File Actions links ( Open | Download ) to the List Settings
  • Improved file name sanitizing to account for non-english characters
  • Added custom action hook, eeSFL_UploadCompleted, to allow developers to customize post-upload behavior
  • Fixed a bug where file downloading used the wrong MIME type
  • Fixed broken upload notifications
  • The plugin now supports Folders with purchase of a plugin extension. Check out the Folders tab


  • Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an error in the shortcode instructions
  • Improved support form
  • Merged uploader and list containers


  • Thumbnails – Optionally show thumbnails for videos and image files, or file type icons for documents.
  • ffMpeg Support – Allows automatic thumbnail creation for videos.
  • File List Table Sorting – Built-in file list table sorting. Click on a column heading to sort it.
  • Forced Download Link – Allows for forced downloading of a file, rather than relying on the default browser action.
  • Choose File Types – Fully customize the types of files you want users to be able to upload.
  • Date Format – The file date format now uses the format selected in your WordPress General Settings.
  • Custom Upload Folder – Specify whatever folder you like for users to upload files.
  • Additional Viewing Restrictions – Limit viewing the list and/or uploading only to Admins.
  • Shortcode Attributes – Hide the list or the uploader on a per page/post basis using [eeSFL showlist=»NO» allowuploads=»NO»]
  • Improved Admin Dashboard / Simplified Menu
  • Extensive under-the-hood updates and improvements


  • Minor Bug Fix


  • Minor Bug Fix


  • Added ability to hide the size or date columns
  • Improved the list loading speed for large lists
  • Improved file uploader process and speed
  • Added ability to limit the number of files uploaded
  • Improved upload email notifications
  • Added ability to allow uploading to only logged-in users
  • Added ability to show the list to only logged-in users
  • Improved compatibility with password protected directories
  • Revamped and greatly improved Admin Panel
  • Improved usage instructions and added integrated email support form
  • Added Internationalization (l18n), with several default translations


  • Fixed activation bug *
  • Improved directory creation failure fallback
  • Fixed bug where no uploader would appear in the admin area if «None» was selected for the front-side


  • Added multi-file uploading option
  • Added optional front-side user input form
  • Added configurable upload directory option
  • Added File List sorting options
  • Improved HTML display and design
  • Improved email notifications
  • Added ability to send notifications to more than one address
  • Many minor bug fixes and basic improvements


  • Added settings option to add the username of the uploader to the file name.
  • Improved date format
  • Added support for the Table Sorter plugin by Farhan Noor, so the file list may be sortable by name or date
  • Minor bug fixes


  • HTML Bug Fix
  • Improved error reporting


  • Fixed issue where uploading failed from Admin page
  • Improved error reporting


  • First Update – Minor Changes


  • FIRST RELEASE VERSION – Previous versions were non-Wordpress.