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Opened 6 years ago

Closed 15 months ago

Last modified 15 months ago

#10950 closed feature request (wontfix)

Download external files to Media Library

Reported by: dougal Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Media Keywords:
Focuses: Cc:


The media uploader currently allows you to upload a file from your local computer or link to an external URL.

However, when linking to an external URL (in particular for an image), you don't get the same options as you would have when actually adding a resource to your site's media library.

It would be nice to be able to fetch a file from an external source, and add it to the library, just as with a regular file upload. Then the file could be included in a gallery, you could use the image editor to crop/resize, etc.

Primary use-case would be to fetch an external image into the library without having the extra steps of saving to your local computer, then re-uploading it to your WP site. However, it should work with any allowed content-type (audio, video, pdf, etc).

It may also be useful to save the original URL as attachment metadata.

Change History (9)

comment:1 @ryan6 years ago

I think there are plans for this. Press This already does some image sideloading that could be used.

comment:2 @janeforshort6 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 3.0 to Future Release

Punting due to agreement that we not add any new features to 3.0 beyond the merge with MU, post types, new default theme, and better menu management. If someone works on a patch for this during the 3.0 cycle, it can be evaluated at the beginning of 3.1 for inclusion.

comment:3 @ocean904 years ago

  • Component changed from Upload to Media
  • Keywords needs-patch added; media upload external url removed
  • Summary changed from Add to Media Library from URL to Download external files to Media Library

comment:4 @dougal4 years ago

Just as a point of interest, plugin by @bbqiguana which implements some sideloading: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/add-linked-images-to-gallery-v01/

comment:5 follow-up: @ericlewis16 months ago

  • Keywords 2nd-opinion ux-feedback added; needs-patch removed

Is there a good use case for this, when a user can download the file from the external URL and upload it to the media library?

comment:6 @ericlewis15 months ago

  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed

I'm closing this out as there's a lack of traction here and comment:5.

comment:7 @ericlewis15 months ago

  • Keywords 2nd-opinion ux-feedback removed

comment:8 @helen15 months ago

  • Milestone Future Release deleted

comment:9 in reply to: ↑ 5 @dougal15 months ago

Replying to ericlewis:

Is there a good use case for this, when a user can download the file from the external URL and upload it to the media library?

Well, the whole use case was to not have to separately download a file to your computer, only to re-upload it into WP. The idea was to make it easier to directly side-load media into your WP media library without needing anything other than a URL, and to save metadata about the original source.

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