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Is it possible to download (already installed) plugins from a live website?

My scenario is that I downloaded a free plugin a while back, extracted it somewhere on my local pc and can't find it again! However I do have the same plugin installed on one of my other live hosted websites, so is it possible for me to 'download' it from Website A, re-zip, and upload it to Website B? If so, how?

Any help appreciated.

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Yes, it is possible.

The most important thing to do is carefully read through the plugin XML file, paying special attention to the <files> and <languages>.

I would suggest creating a folder on your desktop, and in there, put all the plugin files that are defined in the <files>. Of course, use subdirectories if any have been defined.

As for the languages, download them and place them in the folder you have created on your desktop. if you see folder="" attribute used on the <languages> tag, create a sub-directory and place the language files in there instead.

Once done, zip up the folder and install it.

Hope this helps

  • Thanks @Lodder. Are the plugins stored at /administrator/plugins or somewhere else? The plugin in question is part of RSForms com_rsform
    – jonboy
    Jul 16, 2015 at 13:04
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    Plugins are location in ROOT/plugins/... ;)
    – Lodder
    Jul 16, 2015 at 14:49
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    Perfect! Congratulations on the 10k rep btw ;) Well deserved!
    – jonboy
    Jul 16, 2015 at 15:22

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