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User Private Files – Upload and Share Files with Secure WordPress File Manager

User Private Files – Upload and Share Files with Secure WordPress File Manager


Best WordPress File and Folder Sharing plugin that allows admin and site users to upload, manage and share their private files with restricted access via frontend.

User Private Files is a private file sharing plugin with frontend file manager that will add a file sharing functionality on your WordPress website just like Dropbox and Google Drive. Your site users will be able to login and upload their files and manage the access to those files. A perfect Frontend File Manager to upload and share private files.


All Documentation/Features Videos

The plugin is simple to use and comes with 2 different design shortcodes:

Modern design “[upf_manager]”

Classic design (old – limited functionality) has 2 shortcodes – one for uploading files and another for displaying the files that they uploaded and that are Shared with them. We recommend that you use them together on a single page:
Shortcode for uploading form is “[upf_upload]”
Shortcode for displaying files is “[upf_display]”

Users can add/remove other users from their files by their email addresses. Only the allowed users will be able to view/download those files and unauthentic users will see a permission denied error message (even if they have direct URL to the file).

Your users will be able to manage their files, add a title and note to the uploaded files. They can also delete their uploaded files. Site administrator can view all the files from the WP media library and will have the full control over them.


  • Allow your site users to upload their private files.

  • Users can share their files with other users by using their email addresses or usernames.

  • Only the allowed users will be able to view/download shared files and unauthentic users or guests will see a permission denied error if they have direct URL to the file.

  • Users can remove the allowed users anytime they want.

  • Easy to setup for administrator and easy to use for users.

  • Front-end dashboard to allow users upload and manage their files.

  • Full control over uploaded files to site administrator.

  • 2 different designs – Classic and full-width modern design (NEW)

  • Filter to group files by their type (Classic design only)

  • Translation Ready

  • Folders system – Users can Create/Rename/Delete and Share folders (NEW)

  • Users can upload/move files within different folders (NEW)

  • Admin can share files with single, all users or users with a specific role (NEW)

  • Comments – Users can comment on shared files (NEW)

  • Email notification when a file / folder is shared with someone (NEW)

  • Backend settings to enable/disable email notification and change email subject/content (NEW)

  • Trash folder functionality (NEW)

  • Search for files and folders (NEW)

  • Interactive Dropbox like design (NEW)

  • Download file option

  • Support for file types – image, pdf, doc, zip, audio, video, txt and CSV (NEW)

  • Support image, pdf preview and video play (NEW)

  • No page refresh – Fully AJAX

  • Restore or Delete files & folders from Trash (NEW)

  • Beautiful animation & icons

PRO version Features

  • Backend file manager for admin to manage files

  • Premade folders from backend file manager (NEW)

  • Sync files from Server/FTP folder (NEW)

  • Upload Folder from PC, It will create all subfolders and upload files in same hierarchy (NEW)

  • Analytics – See count of Views and Downloads for files in backend file manager (NEW)

  • Backend file manager to view and control other users files without asking them to share with admin

  • File preview support for docx, ppt, csv, excel files etc using google doc viewer (NEW)

  • Google Drive Integration (Premium & Developer versions) (NEW)

  • Display selected files/folders only by their IDs (NEW)

  • Custom fields/columns in list view (Premium & Developer versions) (NEW)

  • Backend option to hide Search, filters, New folder button for particular user roles

  • Text Editor Addon to create or edit text files (Premium & Developer versions) (NEW)

  • Option to Zip an entire folder and download (NEW)

  • Preview support for zip files (NEW)

  • Frontend notifications when a file / folder is shared with someone

  • Frontend notification when a file is uploaded in shared folder with option to turn ON/OFF (NEW)

  • Frontend notification when a folder is created in shared folder with option to turn ON/OFF (NEW)

  • Email notification when a file/folder is uploaded/created in shared folder with option to turn ON/OFF

  • Single email notification option for bulk upload (NEW)

  • Backend option to enable/disable frontend notifications

  • Copy link to a folder or file and share with other users who have access

  • Backend option to allow users to share with role specific & all users

  • Backend option to enable/disable file uploading functionality based on roles

  • Backend customizer to update colors, thumbnails, and toolbar options

  • Grid/List views

  • Login functionality when user is not logged in

  • Backend options to customize login form

  • Shortcode support for Login form to display it anywhere (NEW)

  • Option to set redirection for login form (NEW)

  • Sort files/folder

  • Collapsible side panels on frontend

  • New permission level View and Upload (NEW)

  • Additional shortcodes to display selected files, target folder uploading, and public files (NEW)

  • Public Files and Folders section in file manager (NEW)

  • Add privacy policy link in the right sidebar (NEW)

  • Description support for folders

  • Display total storage used and size of each file in the backend (NEW)

… and many more. See All Features

Everything you need in a File Sharing Plugin

Easy to use
User Private Files is as easy as using your computer. The sleek design gives you the freedom to manage files and folders as you want.

Compatible with Themes
We are using Divi theme on our demo sites. It is very compatible with Divi theme. We have tested with some popular themes like DIVI, AVADA, BE, The7, Bridge, UnCode, Salient etc. and there are no issues so far.

Compatible with Elementor & other Page-Builders
WordPress File Sharing plugin is compatible with Elementor builder. While editing a page create a new shortcode block and paste the shortcode [upf_manager]. Save the page and preview. Same can be followed for other builders like – Muffin, WPBakery, Visual Composer, Beaver, Divi, SiteOrigin, etc.

Files are stored in Media Library
As an admin, you can access all files uploaded by users in the media library. Also, files uploaded by users can be found in /wp-content/uploads/upf-docs/.

No Limit
You can upload as many files as you want & as many folders or sub-folders can be created. There is no limit on number of files. This depends on your hosting account.

No max file-size Limit
User Private Files plugin do not limit on file size. It depends on your hosting account. If you are unable to upload large files, edit your php.ini or user.ini file and add this line :
upload_max_filesize = 128M
This will limit max file size to 128mb, change it as needed. Sometime it is managed by hosting provider, please contact your hosting provide and as them to increase upload_max_filesize.

Email Notifications
An option in backend to configure email template. When someone shares a file/folder with a user/users, they will receive an email notification.

Frontend Notifications (PRO)
Users will get a notification on frontend page when a file/folder is shared with them. They can read, delete, and refresh notifications. Clicking on a notification will open that file/folder.

Copy Link (PRO)
Users can copy the link to a file/folder and share it with other users. Pasting the link will open that file or folder if they have access to it.

Share with single user, roles, or all users
Share your files and folders with a single user, multiple users, a particular user role or all users at once.

Secure frontend file manager
Full width front-end file manager and all uploaded files are secure that only allowed users can access.

Inbuilt login form and customizer (PRO)
WordPress file sharing plugin comes with a login form which is fully customizable. You can set labels and fields for the login form via the customizer.

Checkout the Demo to experience all features.


  • Front-end Dashboard
  • File Preview
  • Create New Folder
  • Upload Files
  • Rename a File
  • Move a File
  • Classic Design – Uploading a file
  • Classic Design – Allow other users by email
  • Classic Design – Shared with me files


You can install the Plugin in two ways.

WordPress interface installation

  1. Go to plugins in the WordPress admin and click on “Add new”.
  2. In the Search box enter “User Private Files” and press Enter.
  3. Click on “Install” to install the plugin.
  4. Activate the plugin.

Manual installation

  1. Download and upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/user-private-files directory from the WordPress plugin repository.
  2. Activate the plugin through the «Plugins» screen in WordPress admin area.


Are the files secure?

Yes, the files are uploaded to a different directory and the files will be accessible only by allowed users or admin. Public URL to a file will show a permission error.

What are the shortcodes

For Modern Design:

For Classic Design:
Shortcode for uploading form is “[upf_upload]”
Shortcode for displaying files is “[upf_display]”
We recommend that you use them on a single page.

How to share files in WordPress?

Install and activate User Private Files (WordPress File Sharing) plugin and then use the shortcode in a page. Upload a file on frontend and preview that file. Click on share icon to share it with other users on your WordPress website.

Does this plugin modify .htaccess file?

Yes, the plugin needs to write a rewrite rule to the .htaccess file to allow/deny user files access. You can manually add the code by yourself as well.

Will the user files appear in the backend?

Yes, the site administrator can view/delete all the files uploaded by users in the backend in media library. Get the PRO version for backend file manager that provide more powerful tools.

How can users share their files?

Follow this Video documentation series

Does the plugin send an email to the users?

Yes, when adding a user by an email address or username to the file, the plugin sends an email to the target user. There is an option to customize subject and content as well.

Files type Restrictions?

Only the images and documnet files are allowed in classic design shortcode.
Image, pdf, doc, zip, audio, video, txt and CSV files are supported in the modern design shortcode.


12 de julio de 2024 1 reply
This plugin helped me to create a portal where, I can share files with customers based on their user role. My requirements were complicated but managed to full fill with some adjustments. Support is always there to answer your enquiries.
23 de mayo de 2024
I needed to create a private website where the site owner could share folders and files with specific users; some of the users could also upload, some others could view only. With this plugin I’ve been able to build the private area requested in short time. It’s easy to use for non-expert too and works fine on tablet/mobile. I contacted the developers for some presale questions and they replied very quickly. Great assistance!
23 de mayo de 2024
Great plugin, does everything we require. Had one small niggle, contacted the support team and received a prompt efficient response. Hopefully the remaining small feature we require will be addressed in the next release.
21 de mayo de 2024
the plugin do exactly as described, having the control to share data between specific users is amazing and the support always there to help and very quick respond.
1 de febrero de 2024 1 reply
Download, install and you’re good to go…made a mistake and the support resolved it in matter of minutes. Well worth the price for the PRO version.
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  • 2024-04-09
  • Fixed – Added header status to 200 when serving the files.
  • [Update] – Added new settings and banner image.


  • 2024-02-28
  • Fixed – Invalid json response when saving the page with upf_display shortcode.


  • 2023-12-08
  • [Update] – Updated Font Awesome icons to version 6.


  • 2023-10-12
  • [Update] – Updated backend options.


  • 2023-09-22
  • [Security] – Added extra permission checks during file/folder requests.


  • 2023-09-02
  • [Security] – Vulnerability issue fixed for stored XSS type from the admin settings screen.
  • Fixed – Video playback for classic layout.
  • Tested with WP version 6.3.1.


  • 2023-07-11
  • Fixed emails not being sent issue.


  • 2023-06-01
  • Code Cleanup.
  • Updated plugin title and description.


  • 2023-04-24
  • Huge Update – Current PRO version features included in the free version now.
  • New modern full width design option with support for classic design.
  • Folders/Directory system – Users can Create / Rename / Delete / Share folders
  • Users can upload / move files within different folders
  • Option for admin to share files with all users or users with a specific role
  • Comments – Users can comment on shared files
  • Trash folder functionality
  • Email notification functionality
  • Interactive Dropbox like design
  • Search for files and folders
  • Filter shared files by user email address
  • And many more features from the PRO version


  • 2022-07-09
  • [Security] – Vulnerability issue fixed where not-allowed file types are being uploaded like php files.


  • 2022-03-15
  • [Security] – Improved security.


  • 2022-03-13
  • [Security] – security issue fixed where user emails might get exposed on the site. Thanks to WP plugin review team!
  • [Security] – Improved security with nonce verification.


  • 2022-02-03
  • Fixed a reported conflict where uploaded file was not loading.
  • Fixed a bug – larger files were getting wrong upload path.


  • 2021-11-15
  • Fixed a reported bug for editing uploaded files


  • 2021-11-04
  • Fixed the CSS conflict with some theme for file upload button


  • 2021-10-20
  • Fixed the popup not showing issue after file uploaded with some theme