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The parameters are adopted from the evolution's with several changes, so the previous user can easily understand about their usages.

Basic usage is [[!FileDownload?]]


Name Description Example Default Value Options
getDir Comma separated of directories to display &getDir=``[[++core_path]]downloads,[[++base_path]]assets/downloads, assets/files empty string
getFile Comma separated of files to display &getFile=assets/files/readme.txt,[[++core_path]]downloads/readyou.doc,[[++base_path]]assets/downloads/book1.xlsx empty string
userGroups This will make the download link active for users that belong to the specified groups. Multiple groups can be specified by using a comma delimited list. &userGroups=Administrator, Registered Member empty string
extShown Comma delimited extension of files to display with those extensions. &extShown=zip,php,txt empty string
extHidden Comma delimited extension of files to be hid with those extensions. This will overide &extShown values. &extHidden=zip,php,txt empty string
toArray Returns the result as an array instead, not parsed in the templates. &toArray=1 0 bool: 0/1
downloadByOther Disable the downloading action by this snippet, to use different way &downloadByOther=1 0 bool: 0/1
directLink Use file's direct path, rather than the hashed link. Make sure it is web accessible &directLink=1 0 bool: 0/1
fdlid Set an ID to each of the snippet calls if there are more than once. &fdlid=1 null string
plugins Read the doc.
prefix prefix for the placeholders 'fd.'


available since v.1.0.0-pl

Note for &downloadByOther: Example: You have the need to use javascript pop-up window to force the downloader to fill up a form before downloading. Then through AJAX, you submit the form, and expect results with conditions. If the result, for instance, returns true, the AJAX calls the download's API to start the download.

File Chunk

You need to create chunk for the file's rows. Eg: jsDownload chunk

    <td style="width:16px;"><img src="[[+fd.image]]" alt="[[+fd.image]]" /></td>
        <a href="javascript:void(0);"
        <span style="font-size:80%">([[+fd.count]] downloads)</span>
[[-- This is the description row if the &chkDesc=`chunkName` is provided --]]
    <td colspan="3">[[+fd.description]]</td>


downloaderForm is the basic HTML form with fields.

In this example, I'm also using jQuerytools's overlay and validator. The for is placed directly under the snippet call. It's hidden by CSS.

So the snippet call would be like this:

<div class="form_overlay" id="formLink">
<h2>Contact Form</h2>
<form action="[[~[[*id]]]]" method="post" class="form" id="downloaderForm">
    <input type="hidden" name="nospam:blank" value="" />
    <input type="hidden" name="link" value="" />
    <label for="name">Name:</label>
    <input type="text" name="name" id="name" value="" required="required" />
    <br />
    <label for="email">Email:</label>
    <input type="email" name="email" id="email" value="" required="required" />
    <br />
    <label for="phone">Phone:</label>
    <input type="number" name="phone" id="phone" value="" required="required" />
    <br />
    <label for="country">Country:</label>
    <input type="text" name="country" id="country" value="" required="required" />
    <br />
    <div class="form-buttons">
        <button type="submit">Send Contact Inquiry</button>
        <button type="reset">Reset</button>


var c = 'assets/components/yourpackage/c.php?';
function createForm() {
    $(".fd-file a[rel]").each(function(i) {
        var self = $(this);
            effect: 'apple',
            onLoad: function() {
                var id = self.attr('id');
                $("#downloaderForm input[name=link]").val(id);
            onBeforeClose: function(){
                $("#downloaderForm input").each(function(){
                $("#downloaderForm input[name=link]").val('');
        var form = $(this);
        if (!e.isDefaultPrevented()) {
            $.post(c + 'action=web/form/add&ctx=web&' + form.serialize(), function(data) {
                if (data && data.success === true)  {
                    $(".fd-file a[rel]").each(function(i) {
                    fileDownload(c + 'action=web/file/get&ctx=web&link=' + data.link);
                    $(".fd-file a[rel]").each(function(i) {
                        var self = $(this);
                        var link = self.attr('id');
                        self.attr('onclick', 'fileDownload("' + c + 'action=web/file/get&ctx=web&link=' + link+'")');
                } else {
            }, "json");
function clearForm(form) {
    form.find(':input').each(function() {
        switch(this.type) {
            case 'password':
            case 'select-multiple':
            case 'select-one':
            case 'text':
            case 'email':
            case 'number':
            case 'textarea':
            case 'checkbox':
            case 'radio':
                this.checked = false;
function fileDownload(link) {
    src: link


And the connector would be like this:

* FileDownload R's AJAX connector file
$validActions = array(
if (!empty($_REQUEST['action']) && in_array($_REQUEST['action'], $validActions)) {
    define('MODX_REQP', false);
require_once dirname(dirname(dirname(dirname(__FILE__)))) . '/config.core.php';
require_once MODX_CORE_PATH . 'config/' . MODX_CONFIG_KEY . '.inc.php';
require_once MODX_CONNECTORS_PATH . 'index.php';
$corePath = $modx->getOption('filedownload.core_path', null, $modx->getOption('core_path') . 'components/filedownload/');
require_once $corePath . 'models/filedownload/filedownload.class.php';
$modx->filedownload = new FileDownload($modx);
if (in_array($_REQUEST['action'], $validActions)) {
    $version = $modx->getVersionData();
    if (version_compare($version['full_version'], '2.1.1-pl') >= 0) {
        if ($modx->user->hasSessionContext($modx->context->get('key'))) {
            $_SERVER['HTTP_MODAUTH'] = $_SESSION["modx.{$modx->context->get('key')}.user.token"];
        } else {
            $_SESSION["modx.{$modx->context->get('key')}.user.token"] = 0;
            $_SERVER['HTTP_MODAUTH'] = 0;
    } else {
        $_SERVER['HTTP_MODAUTH'] = $modx->site_id;
/* handle request */
$path = $modx->getOption('core_path') . 'components/yourpackage/processors/';
    'processors_path' => $path,
    'location' => '',


core/components/yourpackage/processors/web/file/get/ example:

if (!$modx->loadClass('FileDownload', $modx->getOption('core_path') . 'components/filedownload/models/', true, true)) {
    $modx->log(modX::LOG_LEVEL_ERROR, '[FileDownload] Could not load FileDownload class.');
    return '';
$fdl = $modx->getService('fdl', 'FileDownload' , $modx->getOption('core_path') . 'components/filedownload/models/filedownload/'
$configs = array();
$configs['countDownloads'] = true;
$downloadFile = $fdl->downloadFile($scriptProperties['link']);    // <== THIS IS WHERE YOU DOWNLOAD THE FILE
if (!$downloadFile) {
    $output = array('success' => FALSE);
} else {
    $output = array('success' => TRUE);
return json_encode($output);

Salt for hash

Name Description Default Value Options
saltText This text will be added to the file's hashed link to disguise the direct path FileDownload string

The link is a hashed text of the saltText, context, and filename/dirname combination. So if you change the saltText value after a while, it will not block the content's appearance from the page, but the database will start the counter from zero again since it will not find the same hashed value.


Name Description Example Default Value Options
noDownload This property will make the list only displays files without their download links.
note: this is different from the Evo's version &noDownload=1 0 bool: 0/1
browseDirectories Allows users to view subdirectories of the directory specified with the &getDir parameter. &browseDirectories=1 0 bool:0/1
chkDesc Allows descriptions to be added to the file listing included in a chunk. &chkDesc=fileDesc fileDescription chunk's name
dateFormat PHP's date formatting for the list &dateFormat=m/d/Y Y-m-d string
countDownloads Tracking the downloading &countDownloads=1 0 bool: 0/1
imgTypes A chunk name to define the associations between file extension and image &imgTypes=fdImages fdImages chunk's name
imgLocat Path to the images to associate with each file extension. &imgLocat=assets/filetypes assets/components/filedownload/img/filetype web accessible path


Name Description Example Default Value Options
sortBy Sort ordering.
Options:filename extension path size sizetext
sortByCaseSensitive Case sensitive option for sorting &sortByCaseSensitive=1 0 bool: 0/1
sortOrder Sort files in ascending or descending order. &sortOrder=desc asc asc/desc
sortOrderNatural Sort order option by a natural order &sortOrderNatural=1 1 bool: 0/1
groupByDirectory If multiple directories are specified in the getDir parameter, this property will group the files by each directory. &groupByDirectory=1 0 bool: 0/1

Multiple sorting orders are applied as these orders:

  • File sort: filename
  • browseDirectories : dir, filename
  • groupByDirectory : path, dir, filename


    &getDir=`[[++core_path]]downloads-from-core/land rover, assets/downloads`


Name Description Example Default Value Options
tplDir directory row template &tplDir=tpl-dir tpl-dir chunk's name/ @Bindings
tplFile file row template &tplFile=tpl-file tpl-file chunk's name/ @Bindings
tplGroupDir This is the template of the directory path if the &groupByDirectory is enabled &tplGroupDir=tpl-group tpl-group-dirchunk's name chunk's name/ @Bindings
tplWrapper This is the container template of all of the snippet's results &tplWrapper=tplWrapper tpl-wrapper chunk's name/ @Bindings
tplWrapperDir This is the container template for folders (optional) &tplWrapperDir=tplWrapperDir chunk's name/ @Bindings
tplWrapperFile This is the container template for files (optional) &tplWrapperFile=tplWrapperFile chunk's name/ @Bindings
tplIndex A generated index.html file to cover up the directory from direct web access &tplIndex=tpl-index tpl-index chunk's name/ @Bindings
tplNotAllowed Template for forbidden access. [[!Login]] can be used in here. &tplNotAllowed=tpl-notAllowed @FILE: [[++core_path]]components/filedownload/elements/chunks/tpl-notallowed.chunk.tpl chunk's name/ @Bindings
tplBreadcrumb Template for breadcrumb &tplBreadcrumb =tpl-breadcrumb tpl-breadcrumb chunk's name/ @Bindings
breadcrumbSeparator separator character for the breadcrumb &breadcrumbSeparator=/ / string

tplWrapperDir & tplWrapperFile (1.0.0-rc.5) are used to provide different wrappers between folders and files. That means that they might have different headers. There are the default chunks inside {core_path}components/filedownload/elements/chunks/, which are tpl-wrapper-dir.chunk.tpl and tpl-wrapper file.chunk.tpl, respectively. To use them, tplWrapper must be changed too or set it empty instead.

FileDownload R has @BINDING directives for the template:

  • @FILE
  • @CHUNK (or not at all) - default
    &tplFile=`@CODE:    <tr[[+fd.class]]>
            <span class="fd-icon">
                <img src="[[+fd.image]]" alt="" />
            <a href="[[+fd.url]]">[[+fd.filename]]</a>
            <span style="font-size:80%">([[+fd.count]] downloads)</span>




Name Description Default Value Options
fileCss FileDownload's Cascading Style Sheet file for the page header assets/components/filedownload/css/fd.css web path
fileJs FileDownload's Javascript file for the page header assets/components/filedownload/js/fd.js web path


Name Description Example Default Value Options
cssAltRow This specifies the class that will be applied to every other file/directory so a ledger look can be styled. fd-altRow
cssDir Class name for all directories fd-dir css class name
cssExtension With this parameter set to 1, a class will be added to each file according to the file's extension. &cssExtension=1 0 bool: 0/1
cssExtensionPrefix Prefix to the above cssExtension class name fd- string
cssExtensionSuffix Suffix to the above cssExtension class name null string
cssFile Class name for all files &cssFile=files fd-file class name
cssFirstDir Class name for the first directory fd-firstDir css class name
cssFirstFile Class name for the first file fd-firstFile css class name
cssGroupDir Class name for the the directory for multi-directory grouping. fd-group-dir css class name
cssLastDir Class name for the last directory fd-lastDir css class name
cssLastFile Class name for the last file fd-lastFile css class name
cssPath This specifies the class that will be applied to the path when using directory browsing. fd-path css class name

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