I'm looking for some recommendations for a document manager that's compatible with Joomla 3+. Seems to be a pretty popular question throughout the Joomla community.

In the past I've always used Phoca Download, it's worked well but I'm thinking of trying something new as I think it's looking a bit dated.

I've been reading about Docman by Joomlatools. I can't see it in the JED - any idea why this is? I've read some forum posts about their license and how people have had issues with it so I'm slightly skeptical.

There's also eDocman by JoomDonation - I know nothing about this but it seems pretty good. It's also in the JED.

DropFiles seems pretty new and it's lacking some features that the others have. I do like the design,though.

My requirements for a document manager are;

  • responsive
  • allow user uploads
  • multiple categories and subcategories
  • access control

I don't mind paying for the right / best component.

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    If the only problem for Phoca download is its 'look' why don't just doing a template override?
    – webchun
    Nov 12, 2019 at 23:09
  • @webchun Because i'd rather not. I'd prefer this was already implemented. Creating overrides for every site I maintain is a big task, especially as they use different templates, layouts and frameworks.
    – jonboy
    Nov 13, 2019 at 9:11
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    At a recent local user group meeting Nicky V. presented a case study and documentation management was a big part of the project and she had reviewed those listed above and went with eDocman by JoomDonation. So a secondhand thumbs up for that one.
    – Irata
    Nov 13, 2019 at 10:51
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    @Irata I have used several extensions made by joomdonation in the past. Their extensions are good in terms of function but the looks is just average/standard. I ended up by overriding the template to get a more attractive look, and fortunately their base code is clean enough/easy to understand and easy to override. From the options jonboy proposed above, if 'looks' is the deciding factor, then it seems like dropfiles is better, if Docman doesn't count.
    – webchun
    Nov 14, 2019 at 23:00
  • Perhaps this is more of an opinion based question? Although it seems popular i'm happy if the admins want to close?
    – jonboy
    Nov 15, 2019 at 12:22


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