Groups File Access

inline-previewGroups File Access is a WordPress plugin that allows to provide file download links for authorized users. Access to files is restricted to users by their group membership.

Among the many possible use cases covered by this plugin, the most prominent are:

  • Provide file downloads for Premium Members
  • Allow registered users to download files from your site.
  • Embedded protected streaming media with HTML5 <audio> and <video> elements.



The plugin is an extension to and requires Groups.


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  • Restrict access to downloads to authorized user groups
  • Supports serving files that are stored on Amazon S3
  • Embedded protected streaming media with HTML5 <audio> and <video> elements
  • Full multisite support (WordPress network installations)
  • File management area
  • Upload files via FTP and bulk import
  • File access notifications (customizable)
  • Flexible shortcodes: [groups_can_access_file], [groups_can_not_access_file], [groups_file_info], [groups_file_url], [groups_file_link], [groups_file_visibility], [groups_file_access_service_key]
  • Limited or unlimited number of downloads per user
  • Key authentication file access

Access to files is restricted by group membership. To be able to download a file, a user must be a member of a group that is assigned to the file. If an access limit has been set for the file, the user must also have accessed (downloaded) the file fewer times than the file’s access limit.

If you want to restrict access to a file to users that belong to a certain group:

1) Create the group;

2) Add the desired users to the group;

3) Assign the group to the files that the group should be able to access.

More than one group can be assigned to a file.

Shortcodes are used on posts or pages to render links to files, provide information about files and conditionally show content to users depending on whether they are allowed to access a file.

For example, the [groups_file_link group="Premium"] shortcode renders links to files that members of the Premium group can click to download the files.