Do you want to download all the images and media files from your WordPress website?
By downloading your media library, you can easily store a backup of your media files on your computer or, if you have created another WordPress site, then you can also transfer these images from one site to another.
In this article, we will show you how to easily download your entire WordPress media library, step by step.
Why Would You Want to Download the Media Library?
The WordPress media library stores all the media files that you have uploaded to your site. If you want to create a backup of these media files, then you can easily do that by downloading a copy of the media library and storing it on your computer.
You can always use a fully automated WordPress backup solution to back up your entire WordPress website (including plugins, themes, posts, and the media library).
However, most backup plugins do not offer an easy way to just download and upload your media library.
You could also use your WordPress hosting account file manager or FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to download the media library. Still, these methods are a bit complicated, confusing, and time-consuming for beginners.
With that being said, we will show you some easy ways to easily download your entire media library in WordPress:
If you’d prefer written instructions, then just keep reading.
Method 1: Download Media Library Using The Export Media Library Plugin
For this method, we will be using a free plugin to download the media files.
Upon activation, visit the Media » Export page from your WordPress admin area.
Once you are there, simply choose the ‘Single folder with all files’ option from the dropdown menu next to the ‘Folder Structure’ option.
Now, all your images will be downloaded into one media folder. They will be downloaded as the original file types, such as JPG, PNG, or SVG.
If you want your media to be placed into separate folders based on the time of upload, then choose the ‘Nested Folder’ option from the dropdown menu.
After that, simply click the ‘Download Zip’ button, and your entire media library will be downloaded into a zip file on your computer.
Method 2: Download the Entire WordPress Backup Including Media Files
If you want to create a backup for your entire WordPress website, including the media library, then this method is for you.
We will be using the Duplicator plugin, which is the best WordPress backup plugin on the market and enables you to create a complete backup of your WordPress website.
Note: Duplicator also has a free version that you can use for this tutorial. However, we will be using the pro version of the plugin.
Upon activation, head over to the Duplicator » Packages page from the admin sidebar and click on the ‘Create New’ button.
After that, you have to choose a name for your WordPress backup.
It can be anything that will help you identify the backup once it’s downloaded on your computer.
After that, click on the ‘Next’ button to continue.
In the next step, your website will be scanned for potential errors.
Once the scan is complete, simply click on the ‘Build’ button to create your package.
Note: If an error is highlighted by Duplicator during the scan, you will need to solve that error before rescanning and building your package.
Once the package is built, click on the ‘Download Both Files’ button.
Now, your installer and archive files will be downloaded simultaneously.
Your WordPress website files, including the media library, will now be downloaded and stored on your computer.
If you want to restore a WordPress backup, you may also want to see our beginner’s guide on how to restore WordPress from a backup.
Method 3: Download Media Library Using WordPress Settings
In this method, we will show you how to download your entire media library files from your WordPress backend and import them to a new website.
For example, if you have just created a new WordPress blog that is related to your other website, then you can use similar images on both websites by using the same media library.
Note: This method allows you to download the media library without using any plugins. However, we do not recommend this method because it exports your media as an XML file.
For that, head over to the Tools » Export page from the WordPress admin dashboard and check the box next to the ‘Media’ option.
If you don’t want to download your entire library, then you can also select a date range for a specific time frame.
With this feature, only the images uploaded during your chosen time frame will be downloaded. Finally, click on the ‘Download Export File’ button.
Now, your WordPress media library will be saved on your computer as an XML file.
This plugin will allow you to import your XML file to another WordPress website.
First, you need to visit the Tools » Import page from the WordPress dashboard to view the plugin’s settings.
Here, you can simply click on the ‘Run Importer’ link under the ‘WordPress’ option.
This will take you to the ‘Import WordPress’ page, where you have to click the ‘Choose File’ button.
Now, you can upload your media library XML file from the computer.
Once you are done, don’t forget to click on the ‘Upload file and import’ button to upload the media library.
We hope this article helped you download your entire WordPress media library. You may also want to see our tutorial on how to speed up your WordPress website and our comparison of the best WordPress themes.