User Private Files – Frontend File Manager & Sharing


“User Private Files” is a light weight plugin that allows your users to upload and manage their files with restricted access.

This plugin will add a file sharing functionality on your WordPress website. Your site users will be able to login and upload their files and manage the access to those files.

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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]”

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.

  • 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/Directory system – Users can Create/Rename/Delete folders

  • Users can upload/move files within different folders

  • Backend option for admin to share files with all site users

  • Option to share files excluding a user

  • Auto complete email addresses when searching for users to share file


  • Plugin's front-end dashboard
  • Uploading a file
  • Allow other users by email
  • 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.


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.

Files type Restrictions?

Only the images and documnet files are allowed for now.


22 2251 April 2251 000000 2021
it seems i uploaded the file, but i can't open it, i don't see any tutorial about it, simply nothing
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Contributors & Developers

“User Private Files – Frontend File Manager & Sharing” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • 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