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Password 2 Download is a compact module for Joomla! 1.7, 2.5 and now also for 3.x that provides password protection for your download links.

I've written this module as a part of one of projects that I working on. The idea about it was to create simple environment to prevent downloading some specific contents by random website visitors. Another idea was to create it independent from Joomla! Registration Component.


In my case, I had to create a possibility to enable download of particular files only to participants of a certain conference. Only thing I had to do, was to create a password and send it via email to a certain group of people. And it worked pretty great. So there it is.

How does it work?

It's very simple, just follow these instructions:

  1. First download the module. ( Link to the Downloads section )
  2. Install it.
  3. Go to Module Manager and find Password 2 Download module
  4. Setup password you want your links to be protected with
  5. Setup up to 10 download links
  6. Publish it
  7. Test it

Basic Features:

  • Easy to install and implement
  • Simple, still effective password protection
  • Restrict download for registered users ( if needed )
  • Prevent direct downloads

Example / Demo:

Example prepend text. Type 'password' in the field below and press 'Submit password!'

Exampel append text...

Important notes:

Password 2 Download needs JS (jQuery) to work! (it shouldn’t produce any conflicts. If so, you can turn jQuery off from the module options)

Files downloaded via Password 2 Download are passed through php to hide real urls and prevent direct downloads. It means this solution is not fitted to handle large files!


Password 2 Download is licensed under: GNU General Public License


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