If you need to upload images to your Joomla 2.5 website for use within an article, it's easiest to upload the images as you're writing the article. What do you do however when you need to upload something else other than an image? For example, how do you upload a pdf file and give someone a link to that file? In this Joomla 2.5 tutorial, we'll show you how to upload files (other than images) using your Joomla 2.5 media manager. We'll also show you how to find the URL to that file so that you can link to it.

In this article, we're specifically focusing on a .pdf file. Keep in mind however that these steps will apply to all document types, such as .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx.

To upload a file using the Joomla 2.5 media manager:

  1. Log into your Joomla 2.5 admin
  2. In the top menu, hover over Content and then click Media Manager
  3. In the left menu under Media Folders, navigate to the folder where you want to upload the file to by clicking on the individual folders. If you need to create a new folder, in the right side of the page enter a name for the new folder and then click Create Folder.
    create-new-folder-in-media-manager
  4. Upload your file

    After navigating to the folder where you want to upload your file to, under Upload Files click the Browse button. Find the file on your computer, select it by clicking on it, and then click Open. Finally click Start Upload.

    upload-file
  5. After the file has been uploaded, you will see a message similar to:
    Upload Complete: /pdfs/my-pdf-file.pdf

    If you need to link to this file, you need to find the path to it. The path is actually given to you after uploading the file. In our case, the path was /pdfs/my-pdf-file.pdf. The link to your new file will be:

    Your Joomla site's URL + /images + your uploaded file's path:
    http://yourdomain.com/images/pdfs/my-pdf-file.pdf
Continued Education in Course 103: Using the Joomla 2.5 Media Manager
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Section 2: Joomla 2.5 Media Manager - Thumbnail vs. Detail View
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2014-07-23 9:34 am

I click on upload and nothing happens? Any suggestions?

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2014-07-23 9:49 am
Hello Christy,

Thank you for your question. We are happy to help, but will need some additional information.

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2014-07-23 9:58 am

No Plug ins, the issue is that I am not getting anything when I click start upload. The PDF is much smaller than the max, and it does nothing with I click the button. No error message or anything. Any thoughts?

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2014-07-23 11:09 am
Have you tried using another browser?
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2014-10-27 4:09 pm

i am trying to retrive a .xls file to my article using ari doc viewer. Please help me out the solution regarding the path..../images/excel.xls isnt working!

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2014-10-27 4:22 pm
Hello Darshan,

If you are getting an error please provide the error message you are getting. If not, pleased explain the behavior you are getting and how to duplicate it so we can take a look.

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