Home » WordPress Tutorials » Basics » How to Download WordPress Media Library with a Plugin

How to Download WordPress Media Library with a Plugin

A simple way to download your WordPress media library files is by using a plugin. With this method, you can store your media files on your device in a matter of minutes.

In the following paragraphs, you will read how to do so step by step.


How to Download Your WordPress Media Library with a Plugin

The first thing you should do is enter your WordPress dashboard.

Once you enter the admin dashboard, install and activate an exporting plugin. For this demonstration we will use Export Media Library:

Export Media Library WordPress Plugin Logo


However, you can use the plugin you find most fitting for your needs.

Once the plugin is installed and running, you can access the export options that are now available under the Media menu. To do so, hover your mouse over Media and then click on Export:

WordPress Dashboard Export Media Library Menu


When you go to Media->Export, you should see a screen such as this one:

WordPress Download Media Library Options


While on this page, have a look at the two types of options that you can choose from:

  1. Folder Structure: This gives you the option to include all media files in a single folder or distribute your media content in various folders via the “Nested Folders” option.
  2. Compress: This gives you the option to select whether you wish to download a folder or a ZIP file.


Take your time and get familiar with each of the available options. Then, make the setup that works best for you.

Once you choose a folder structure and compression settings, you can download your media files simply by clicking the blue Download ZIP button:

WordPress Download Media Library button


This will start the downloading process and shortly after that, your media files will be downloaded on your computer device.



There are many reasons why you would wish to download your media library files on your computer. For example, you might want to make a full website backup and make sure your files are safe, or, you could be migrating your entire site content to a different domain and wish to have your media files ready for transferring.

Regardless of the reasons you want your media files downloaded, one of the simplest and fastest ways to do so is by using a WordPress plugin that makes the process very simple and straightforward.


Was this article useful?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

Newest Articles:

How to Add a Site Logo Block in WordPress with Gutenberg

Adding a site logo in WordPress with Gutenberg is straightforward and requires only a few mouse clicks and just several minutes of your time. In the following paragraphs, you will read how to add a site logo to your WordPress website via the Gutenberg editor step by...

How to Add Images to WordPress with Gutenberg

Adding images with Gutenberg is quite simple. The block editor is very user-friendly and allows you to add images in several ways. In the following paragraphs, you will read about 4 methods you can instantly use to upload the media files you want.   How to Add...

How to Disable Gutenberg in WordPress

If Gutenberg is not suitable for your needs and wish to switch back to the Classic Editor, continue reading, as in this article we will show you 3 simple methods of how to disable the block editor. In the following sections, you will read how to disable Gutenberg by:...

5 Best Gutenberg Plugins for WordPress

One of the fastest and most convenient ways of enhancing the functionalities of Gutenberg is by using various WordPress plugins. Although Gutenberg is very versatile and feature-rich by itself, the open-source nature of WordPress has inspired developers all around the...

How to Add a Contact Form with WordPress Gutenberg Editor

If you are using Gutenberg to craft your WordPress website, then you should know that the process is very easy, especially by using the block editor. In the following paragraphs, you will read how to add one to your pages.   How to Add a Contact Form with...

Ready to Create Your Website?