Drupal File Manager – Filedepot


One of the most frequent questions we’ve had in our Drupal training classes is … “Does Drupal have a good file manager?”.

The class attendees had often found solutions, but they were cobbled together from an assortment of modules and often lacked common features in file managers.

Our answer is Filedepot, which is an advanced file manager that works right out of the box and relies only on the CCK and Filefield modules.

Installing FileDepot


You’re going to need just three modules to make FileDepot work:

Go through the normal Drupal installation process for all three:

  1. Download the files
  2. Extract the files to a folder on your desktop
  3. Upload the folders to your /sites/all/modules/ folder
  4. Go to Administer >> Site Building >> Modules and enable the modules

Configuring Filedepot


Once you’ve enabled Filedepot, there will also be a configuration area in Administer >> Site configuration >> Filedepot Settings


You can change a wide number of items inside these setting. Perhaps most importantly for the people who have asked us about File managers, the “Base Setup” area you can decide where to store your files, you can even move them entirely off your site and into a remote storage area:


Managing Filedepot


When you’ve enabled Filedepot you’ll see two links to set up your files and the folders to hold them.

Add Filedepot Files and Folders


To get technical for a minute, this folder will actually be a node. Once you’ve created it, you can click on “Edit” and upload files directly to the folder.


Once you’ve uploaded the files and saved the folder, you’ll see them attached like this:


Access Filedepot


If you click on the main Filedepot link in your menu, you’ll see a page like this. All your files and folders will be listed and can be managed from your Drupal admin interface.

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  • Steve Burge

    Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. Steve's work straddles the line between teaching and web development.

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thanks for this tuto. Do you know if fileDepot will be ported to Drupal 7 and when ? There’s no information about that on the filedepot page.


Thanks for this wounder full tutorial..Really help full to me..but this module doesn’t worked in IE….!


Have you installed on Drupal 7 and linux. I cannot install it.. No UI is displaying. If you have done it could you please post the steps. Thanks.


Hi there,

thanks for helpful tutorial. I’ve installed and configured filedepot step by step as you said but in last step when i opened filedepot main link i faced with a blank page in drupal theme not a page like in your image. I’m new in drupal. should i do anything more?



Hi, I also have just installed filedepot on drupal 7 and when I go to the filedepot I just get a blank page. I thought it was a problem with the inclusion of javascript for yui and grabbed that and made a local copy and adjusted the base url to point to my local yui but I still just get a blank area where I think the UI should be.



I get blank page too


About that blank page…



For the blank page you have to add the two files inside libraries folder

here are the links

[url=http://www.strictly-software.com/scripts/downloads/encoder.js]http://www.strictly-softwar…[/url] – SAVE FILE as: html_encoder/html_encoder.js

> [url=http://jquery.malsup.com/block/#download]http://jquery.malsup.com/bl…[/url] – SAVE FILE as jquery.blockui/jquery.blockui.js


which is the maximum file size?

Bazinga! Web Design

Everything is set up in Drupal 7 site. Added the two files inside libraries folder. Still getting the “Please wait…” dialog and nothing is loading?


Hi @bazingawebdesign
Could you sign up for one of our support plans at [url=https://www.ostraining.com/pricing/]https://www.ostraining.com/…[/url] ? Our Drupal tech will be glad to help you debug it.


Nice tutorials, Can we make next and previous steps for the filedepot page. I need to show 25 documents for each page.


i have installed filedepot for drupal 7 
its loading correctly and i was able to permission the folders with no problem
how ever i cant find where the files are being stored on my localhost system after they are uploaded 
any thoughts ?

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