Download Plugins and Themes in ZIP from Dashboard


“Awesome plugin! So helpful in development! I’m a WordPress developer and constantly get into situations where I have to download a theme or plugin from the clients’ servers to debug/customize/etc. In these situations, “Download Plugins and Themes from Dashboard” is the number one choice and way to go. Works perfectly, as described. Many thanks to the developer. Thumbs up!!” – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hemant Arora

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Have you ever found yourself in a need to download a plugin or theme file directly from your WordPress admin dashboard, only to discover you lack FTP or cPanel access?

This is basically why we created this plugin, to simplify the process for you, so that with just a single click (literally), you can effortlessly download any plugin or theme right from your dashboard, no technical hurdles or external tools required.

But that’s not all. Imagine you’ve customized a plugin to suit your site’s unique needs, only to realize you want to use those modifications elsewhere. With our plugin, you can easily download those customized files, ensuring your hard work is preserved and easily transferable.

Say goodbye to complex file management and hello to seamless plugin and theme downloads, all from within your WordPress admin interface.

Let’s take a look at some of the plugin features.

🚀 Main Features: FREE Version

🚀 Download Plugins from WordPress Dashboard

The plugin adds a “Download” button in Plugins page next to each plugin, so what with a single click, you can download any plugin from your WordPress admin dashboard, download the plugin files in ZIP format without the need to get a file manager plugin or FTP access.

🚀 Download Themes from WordPress Dashboard

Similar to plugins, you will have a “Download” button on Appearance > Themes page, where you can easily download any theme (or child theme) files from your website, so you can have a safe copy, or use it locally or elsewhere.

🚀 Download All Plugins & Themes in a Click

Do you have a lot of plugins or themes that you want to download quickly? The plugin allows you to get all installed plugins and themes with one click in a single combined file.

🚀 Add Main Plugin/Theme Directory to ZIP File

You can select to include the plugin/theme main directory to your file, or have it directly saved from the inner folders level.

🚀 Append Plugin/Theme Version Number to ZIP Filename

The plugin options allow you to append the version number of your plugins or themes to their ZIP filenames, very useful for better organization and version tracking of files.

🚀 Advanced ZIP Libraries Selection

Choose between ZipArchive or PclZip libraries for handling ZIP files based on your server & tools needs/compatibility.

❤️ User Testimonials: See What Others Are Saying!

“Very useful !!: This plugin simplifies the WordPress experience by allowing users to effortlessly download plugins and themes directly from the dashboard, making it an excellent alternative for those without CPanel / FTP access.” – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ storemizer

“Amazing Plugin!: Straightforward with a very simple interface, and gets the job done (even faster than ftp downloading).” – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ florijan

🏆 Do More: PRO Version

If you want to go further, you can get the premium version of Quantity Dynamic Pricing & Bulk Discounts for WooCommerce plugin.

🏆 Set Periodical Plugins and/or Themes Downloads

Set up automated periodic downloads of plugins or themes, to make sure you always have the latest versions for testing or backup purposes, at intervals ranging from once a minute to every 4 weeks.

This feature is especially useful for developers or site administrators who regularly update their WordPress installations and want to keep local copies of plugins and themes synchronized.

🏆 Append Date & Time to Plugin/Theme ZIP Filename

With the scheduled download for plugins/themes, you can include the date & time to plugins/themes names so you have a well-organized folders by date.

🏆 Customize Name & Path for Periodical Plugins Downloads

Customize the naming convention and storage location for plugins & themes downloaded periodically, ensuring organized file management and easy access to archived versions.

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“Brilliant!!!:I had deleted a plugin that I bought and their website doesn’t allow you to log in and download. But I did remember a website that had the plugin. Installed this plugin and downloaded the plugin I was needing in an instant. Well done!” – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ brand9

“Life saver:Thank you for this fantastic plugin, it is a life saver for those who don’t have FTP capabilities.” – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Gabriel Reguly

“Greatly Usable!:Being a WordPress developer I often need to download the themes and plugins from the sites. When I do not have any other details except the site URL and login, then comes the role of this well functional and greatly usable plugin.” – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Ritu Singh


Follow these simplified steps to get your plugin up and running:

From the WordPress Admin Panel:
1. Navigate to “Plugins” > “Add New”.
2. Use the search bar and find the plugin using the exact name.
3. Click “Install Now” for the desired plugin.
4. Once the installation is finished, and click “Activate”.

Manual Installation Using FTP:
1. Download the desired plugin from
2. Using your preferred FTP client, upload the entire plugin folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory of your WordPress installation.
3. Go to “Plugins” > “Installed Plugins” in your dashboard and click “Activate”.

Manual download & upload from the WordPress Admin Panel:
1. Download the desired plugin in a ZIP format.
2. On your site, navigate to “Plugins” > “Add New” and click the “Upload Plugin” button.
3. Choose the downloaded plugin file and click “Install Now.”
4. After the installation is complete, click “Activate”.

Once activated, access the plugin’s settings by navigating to “WooCommerce > Settings” and look for the relevant tab.


December 8, 2023 1 reply
This plugin simplifies the WordPress experience by allowing users to effortlessly download plugins and themes directly from the dashboard, making it an excellent alternative for those without CPanel / FTP access.
March 31, 2023 2 replies
Straightforward with a very simple interface, and gets the job done (even faster than ftp downloading). Well done 🙌
January 28, 2021 1 reply
So many times I’ve been hired to debug a site, and I need the exact versions of the plugins on the client site, especially paid plugins. This makes it easy to just grab those without asking the client to learn how to download them, zip them up, and send them over. This plugin has saved me tons of time.
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1.8.7 – 16/05/2024

  • readme.txt content update

1.8.6 – 07/04/2024

  • Fix PHP warnings.
  • Fix vulnerability.
  • Tested up to: 6.5.

1.8.5 – 25/09/2023

  • Update plugin icon, banner.

1.8.4 – 19/09/2023

  • Fix – PHP Warnings are triggering on PHP version 8.2.
  • Tested up to: 6.3.

1.8.3 – 18/06/2023

  • Tested up to: 6.2.

1.8.2 – 10/03/2023

  • Tested up to: 6.1.

1.8.1 – 17/11/2021

  • Dev – Add github deploy setup.
  • Tested up to: 5.8.

1.8.0 – 26/06/2021

  • Fix – Checking for the activated Pro plugin version correctly now.
  • Dev – “Send file” headers updated.
  • Dev – Code refactoring.
  • Description in readme.txt updated.

1.7.2 – 04/06/2021

  • Tested up to: 5.7.
  • Plugin author updated.

1.7.1 – 15/02/2021

  • Dev – JS file minified.
  • Dev – Localization – load_plugin_textdomain() moved to the init hook.
  • Tested up to: 5.6.

1.7.0 – 20/03/2020

  • Dev – Better system temp directory retrieving algorithm: checking upload_tmp_dir, wp_upload_dir() and open_basedir now (if the default sys_get_temp_dir() is not writable).
  • Dev – Admin settings descriptions updated.
  • Dev – Code refactoring.
  • Tested up to: 5.3.

1.6.0 – 30/09/2019

  • Fix – Settings – Security – Checking for user capability and nonce. Sanitizing and escaping data.
  • Dev – Settings – “increase your WP memory limits” link updated.

1.5.0 – 23/07/2019

  • Fix – “Single File” plugins download fixed (except in “Periodical” downloads).
  • Fix – “Must-Use” and “Drop-in” plugins support added (except in “Periodical” and “All” downloads).

1.4.3 – 08/07/2019

  • Dev – Advanced Settings – “Temporary directory” option added.
  • Tested up to: 5.2.

1.4.2 – 19/04/2019

  • Dev – “Tested up to” updated.

1.4.1 – 09/12/2018

  • Dev – Advanced Settings – “ZIP library” option added.
  • Dev – More info added in create_zip() error message.

1.4.0 – 27/09/2018

  • Dev – “Download all” plugins/themes tools added.
  • Dev – Checking for zlib extension availability.
  • Dev – Checking system requirements only when download link is clicked.
  • Dev – Deleting zip file (if exists) before creating new one.
  • Dev – Pro version link (and “Periodical Downloads” section) added.
  • Dev – Code refactoring.

1.3.0 – 18/03/2018

  • Dev – PclZip fallback zip archivation library added.
  • Dev – “Settings” action link added.
  • Dev – Code refactoring.
  • Dev – “Requires PHP” added to readme.txt.

1.2.0 – 11/06/2017

  • Dev – “Add main directory to ZIP” options added.
  • Dev – “Append version number to ZIP filename” options added.
  • Dev – Code refactoring.

1.1.3 – 09/06/2017

  • Dev – Zip files deletion from temporary folder after successful download added.

1.1.2 – 25/03/2017

  • Fix – load_plugin_textdomain moved from init hook to constructor.
  • Dev – System requirements error message updated.
  • Dev – Language (POT) file updated.
  • Dev – Plugin header info (“Text Domain” etc.) updated.
  • Dev – Donate link updated.

1.1.1 – 10/11/2016

  • Fix – For portability now only forward slashes (/) are used as directory separator in ZIP filenames.

1.1.0 – 05/10/2016

  • Dev – Themes download functionality added (and plugin renamed).
  • Dev – Plugins download action moved to from plugins_loaded to admin_init hook.
  • Dev – More validation added to plugins download action.
  • Dev – Using single plugin_action_links hook to add download action links, instead of using separate hook for each plugin.
  • Dev – Checking for ZipArchive and RecursiveIteratorIterator classes to exist.
  • Dev – Language (POT) file added.
  • Dev – Screenshots added.
  • Dev – Icons and banners added.

1.0.0 – 28/09/2016

  • Initial Release.