I wrote a component and need a field there where the user can pick a pdf from the media manager. When I set the field-type in the field list to «media», the media-manager only shows images.

How do I make it show all files instead of images only?

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I have not tested this in later Joomla versions, but at least in 2.5.x it was possible to display a list of files in a folder in the form of the drop-down.

The path is hardcoded and rather limited , BUT for some use cases it may just do the trick and provide the flexibility needed.

Ladies and gentleman, presenting the filelist:


In case anyone is still interested, I've described a solution here, where a plug-in is used to override the imageslist view of com_media so that it shows all files in the media manager. I've put the code on GitHub.

I'd be first to admit that this is a less than elegant solution, but it works for the project I developed it for. I would treat this code as a starting point for your project, not a polished solution.

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    – johanpw
    Commented Apr 1, 2015 at 11:44
  • I used your plugin in Joomla 3 as well. Because this issue is still not resolved. Commented Nov 7, 2015 at 17:44

Extending on the suggestion by @ValentinDespa, you can use the filelist form field type, and add a filter parameter. Any regular expression can be added here, see example below for how to filter PDF-files only.

<field type="filelist" name="pdf" label="Select PDF" directory="images" filter="\.pdf$"/>

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This works fine in Joomla 3.x, BTW.

  • Upvote for the regex. Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 8:35

The Media form field type is used to select an image. So it filters out other files. Have a look at Joomla documentation for the available standard form fields types. You might also want to consider to create your own custom modal form field type for your component.

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    That's a joke, right? The media manager lets me upload PDFs, video and whatnot, but it won't let me actually SELECT them? I'm forced to write my own form-field? Isn't there a way to tell the Media-field to NOT exclude other files? (I know you're not responsible for this behavior, so don't take this rant-like reply personally :)
    – Swissdude
    Commented May 21, 2014 at 20:59
  • Unfortunately, as far as I remember, the filter is actually hardcoded. Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 15:14

You can use JCE editor with plugin file manager.


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