Media Manager is located under the Content dropdown menu along the top, or can be accessed through the Quick Icons on the Dashboard. It is one place that you can upload images, videos and documents for your content. There are other ways to access this media through creating Articles, Categories and Modules.  You can also use an FTP program to upload media or if your web host provides cPanel or some sort of file manager, you can upload files there as well.  Media Manager will still show any files that were uploaded with other methods.

On the left side of the screen you will see all of the sub-folders in them images folder in one view.  You can easily click on a sub-folder from this list for uploading media.

mediamanager-actionsIn Media Manager you will see the actions available along the top.

To Upload a file, FIRST navigate or create the proper sub-folder in the Joomla files. Select Upload and a text box will appear with a Browse button.  You can use the Browse feature to find the file on you own computer.  When you have found the correct file on the local hard drive, select Open.  This will populate the text box with the path to your file, but it won't upload the file until you click on Start Upload. This will place the file into whatever current folder in open.  

If you did not upload it to the proper directory, delete the file and navigate to the correct directory and reload it.  Joomla's Media Manager is not the most user friendly way to handle media files.  I prefer to use the functionality of JCE Editors File Browser that comes included when you install the free JCE Editor Extension.

The allowable file types and file sizes for uploads is set in the Global Configuration which you can access by clicking on Options in the top list of actions.


The default view for Media Manager is the Thumbnail View which shows you the files and sub-folders in the Images folder which is placed on the root directory of your Joomla site. The Thumbnail view shows large folders for the sub-folders and thumbnail images of any image files, but the filename is shortened and can be difficult to read.  To see the full file names you can switch to Detail View. Detail View will also show you the dimensions of the image and the file size.

Note: When you create a new folder using Media Manager, Joomla will create an index.html file inside that folder.  You won't see it listed in the folder when you view it with Media Manager, but you will if you view it with FTP or other file manager.  The index.html file is put there for security reasons. If someone were to enter the URL for the folder in a web browser, they will just see a blank page.  If the index.html file were not there, the person would see a list of all your image files or your documents.  If you create a new folder using FTP or some other file manager, you can copy the index.html from another sub-folder in the image directory and place it into your new folder.