Frontend File Manager and Sharing – User Private Files


Best file sharing plugin that allows admin and site users to upload, manage and share their files with restricted access.

User Private Files 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.

Free version Demo

PRO version Demo

The plugin is simple to use and comes with 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]”

PRO version shortcode is “[upf_manager]”

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.

If you have any feedback or more features request, let me know by creating a support ticket and I will add/improve it asap.


  • Allow your site users to upload their private files.

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

  • 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.

  • Simply convert your website to a file sharing hosting.

  • 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.

  • Filter to group files by their type.

  • Translation Ready

PRO version Features

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

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

  • Users can upload/move files within different folders

  • Share files with all users or users with a specific role

  • Comments – Users can comment on shared files

  • Trash folder functionality

  • Search for files and folders

  • Interactive Dropbox like design

  • Download file option

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

  • Support image, pdf preview and video play

  • No page refresh – Fully AJAX

  • Restore or Delete files & folders from Trash

  • Beautiful animation & icons

  • Backend option to enable/disable email notification and change subject & content

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


  • Plugin's front-end dashboard
  • Uploading a file
  • Allow other users by email
  • Shared with me files
  • PRO Version


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.

How do I configure the plugin?

To keep it simple, the plugin doesn’t have any separate settings page. You can simply use the 2 shortcodes on any page that display the upload form and user files.

What are the shortcodes

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

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.

How can users share their files?

After uploading a file, it will appear where the display shortcode is placed. User can then click on that file and add/remove the users from the right side panel using their email address one by one. Those email addresses need to exist on your website as user accounts.

Does the plugin send an email to the users?

No, when adding a user by an email address to the file, the plugin doesn’t send any email to the target user. The target user needs to login to view the files that are shared with him/her. PRO version has the email notification feature.

Files type Restrictions?

Only the images and documnet files are allowed for now. PRO version allows more file types.


ഫെബ്രുവരി 10, 2023 2 replies
Files are secure. UI is simple and beautiful.
ഫെബ്രുവരി 3, 2023
It's rare these days that you find a product that offers great support, these guys definitely do! and their product is great!
ജനുവരി 29, 2023 3 replies
It's just not finished. Upload modal has white text on white background, so that's useless. Only supports a couple file types, not including txt. And the image on the plugin page header show this robust interface that simply does not exist, so it's falsely advertised.
ഡിസംബർ 6, 2022
The plugin works wonderfully, it has a nice interface and a simple structure that allows a quick understanding of its functions. The support is very respectful and professional. I recommend it 100%
ഒക്ടോബർ 26, 2022
The plugin answered my needs. Easy to use, clean and responsive design, quick support answers. Just needed to use the shortcodes and it works great! Thanks!
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  • 2022-12-02
  • Fixed – JSON error fixed for backend block editor.


  • 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