Upload Media By URL


Upload your files to the WordPress Media Library by URL.

Known Issues

This plugin may conflict with anything that alters the WordPress Media Library page.
If the URL has a signature verification or lacks a file extension, WordPress does not seem to import these types of files,
common when pulling images off private CDNs.
If the URL is lacking an extension for the filename, WordPress may not be able to download it.

Plugin conflicts:
-FileBird (tested and confirmed)
-WooCommerce Add New Product page (patched)

Technical Details

Once you add in your URL(s), the plugin will download and add them to the media library.
Compatible file extensions:
jpg, gif, png, pdf, txt, mp3, mp4, ogg, wav, wmv, mov, webm, avi, doc, docx, ppt, pptx, xls, xlsx, html, csv, zip

Additional Info

This plugin does not alter any aspect of the image or your website and uses the natural WordPress functions to download and insert media into your library.
If a URL does not exist or there is an issue with a URL, you will not receive any error, and nothing will happen.

Copyright Info

Copyright (C) 2015-2020 NoteToServices

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA


  • Upload Media By URL functionality
  • Upload Media By URL button on Media Library screen
  • Upload Media By URL button below Upload New Media


  1. Install and activate the Upload Media By URL plugin
  2. Navigate to WordPress Media Library
  3. Click on the Upload Media By URL button
  4. Enter in any amount of URLs separated by a new line and they will be inserted into your media library


Q: Is this plugin free?
A: Yes, there is no charge to use this plugin.

Q: Does UMBU change the way files are uploaded?
A: The plugin does not alter images in any way and only uses the natural functions built into WordPress to download files and insert them into the media gallery.

Q: How many URLs can I add?
A: You could probably add as many URLs as you wish, but it is best to keep the limits of about 20 URLs at a time.

Q: Why did you create this plugin?
A: To save time. While you can go to a post and add your media by a URL, you can only do a single URL and it will be inserted “as is” into your post meaning it will use whatever URL you copied.

With this plugin, you can go directly to the media library and add as many URLs as you want to add them into the media library.

Q: How do I use this plugin?
A: The location of the button is on the Media Library screen.

Q: Why are some images not added into the media gallery?
A: UMBU uses a WordPress native download function and may not allow or recognize the file is an image file.


25 januari 2023
Good clean plugin without any up-selling nonsense. Couldn’t upload every item from a long list in one go due to limitations of hosting (not the plugin, page load would time out). I used a list of URLs alphabetised by the filename at the end, so it was easy to see which file it got up to, and continue on from there.
29 maart 2021 3 reacties
First I thought that a script was blocked by my ad-blocker, but it turns out that it is plugin’s fault. The “Upload By URL” button in the Media Library page does not do anything. I tested it on two browsers. Works with WooCommerce Product editor. I will be happy to update my review once the issue is fixed.
26 februari 2021 4 reacties
The ability to “Upload Images by URL” is fantastic and works without a hitch. Intuitive, functional, quick. That boosts your productivity and this plugin would be perfect. However, when you trying to attach a Featured Image to a post, I encountered an error and wasn’t able to continue. Had to de-install.
2 februari 2021 2 reacties
Hi developer. Thanks for this plugin. This Plugin Can better If 1. the plugin can rename the file, video, image, etc 2.can attachment big files. Now this plugin can small files to site. I use copy function in php my server. This function can rename the file, but this plugin can’t rename the file. If you can add these feature to plugin. This plugin is the best. Thank you so much.
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$post_type and read property error fix for PHP 8.2


Patched Throw Type Error (admin_footer_text) found by Roy Orbitson
Implemented additional CSS updates
Re-added nonce check


Fixed issue with CSRF vulnerability found by Dmitrii Ignatiev


Fixed issue with $this in umbu_mediaButton function


Fixed issue with $this in umbu_mediaButton function
Fixed issue with $pagenow to only load on the Media library page
Fixed issue with WooCommerce plugin conflict
Fixed issue with URL modal not showing in mobile


Fixed issue with media upload always attaching to the first post. Will now appear unattached.


Fixed issue where CSS file was showing on non-admin pages


Updated for WordPress 5.6.0
Fixed an error regarding $this within umbumedia class.
Updated Known Issues with plugin conflicts.
Updated compatibility notes.


Tested up to WordPress 5.5.1.


Bug fix: compatibility issue with PHP 7.4.


Basic functionality.