CatFolders – WP Media Folders


Categorize media files better and faster with WP Media Folders – CatFolders.

CatFolders creates folders in WordPress media library using the latest technology and minimum loading elements. It delivers a media file manager with the fastest performance possible.

What sets it apart from other media library plugins is SPEED! Just install the free version, create a hundred folders, and see it for yourself 😉



After installing and activating WP Media Folders, you will have an integrated folder tree right inside the WordPress media library.

Unlimited folders
With WP Media Folders – CatFolders Lite version, you will be able to create unlimited main folders and freely move them to the position you want.

Import categories from other WP media folders plugins
Are you considering migrating to CatFolders? We’ve got it covered! With CatFolders, importing your established folder structure is simple and takes only one click. You will then be able to find your familiar categories in CatFolders-fashion.

CatFolders supports easy folder import from these plugins:

  1. FileBird by NinjaTeam
  2. Enhanced Media Library by wpUXsolutions
  3. WordPress Media Library Folders by Max Foundry
  4. WordPress Real Media Library by Devowl
  5. WP Media Folder by JoomUnited
  6. HappyFiles by Thomas Ehrig
  7. Folders by Premio
  8. Wicked Folders

Works with Media Library Assistant
CatFolders enhances Media > Assistant admin submenu and supports the [mla_gallery] shortcode.
[mla_gallery mla_catf_folder=“120″]
[mla_gallery mla_catf_folder=“120″ attachment_category=mla-category]

Drag and drop multiple files
You can bulk select and drag & drop many files at once to put them in a destination folder. Folders can be bulk selected as well.

SVG support
Simply enable uploading SVG and other vector file types with sanitization included!

Remember recently opened folder
CatFolders comes with a variety of options to decide which folder to be opened on your first visit. You can choose to get back to your most recent folder, or always back to a specific folder, such as „Uncategorized“ or „All files.“

Collapsible folder sidebar
The sidebar reserved for the folder tree can be collapsed so that you can have the full-screen view of the WP media library when needed.

Upload files to a specific folder
The enhanced media library uploader allows you to choose a folder first and then upload multiple files from your computer to that folder. You can also bulk-upload many folders from your storage to WordPress media library in a single drag-and-drop.

Works with Grid & List view
All files in a selected folder are sortable in list mode, which means you can easily sort your file list by file name, author, date, and custom post type where they are uploaded to.
In grid mode, CatFolders works great both in the media library and in the page/post editor. This helps you choose the media files you need for the work-in-progress content much faster than working with an unorganized media library.

API for developers
REST APIs allow external plugins to perform specific actions, such as getting folder structure or triggering automated tasks.


Advanced sort options
Once upgraded, you will be able to sort files by file name, created date, modified date, author, newest or oldest, etc. Whether you want to sort files and folders by default, or temporarily, there’s always a sorting method for you.

Create subfolders
Each subfolder is a child of the parent folder that is above it. With CatFolders Pro, a main folder can hold unlimited subfolders. The parent/child analogy helps you organize your files more efficiently. It’s very easy to hide or show all folders below the selected folder.

Folder access permissions
Enable global folder structure where everyone sees the same categorization, or set folder permissions based on user roles. Access permissions include add new, view, and edit folders. Recommended for multi-author blogs, multi-vendor marketplace websites, and ecommerce businesses.

Third-party themes and page builders
Not every theme and plugin has the same way of building, we work hard to deliver extra compatibility. So WP Media Folders will work with these builders throughout your website building stage:

  • Gutenberg
  • Elementor
  • WPBakery
  • Visual Composer
  • Themify
  • Divi Builder by Elegant Themes
  • Thrive Architect
  • Beaver Builder
  • Oxygen
  • Cornerstone Page Builder
  • Tatsu Builder
  • Bricks – Visual Site Builder for WordPress
  • Brizy WordPress Builder
  • Fusion Page Builder
  • And many more!


A typical WordPress media library looks like a cluster of thousands of multimedia files. They are placed in year and month folderized order, and it can be really hard to find a specific image in a published page or post.

With WP Media Folders—CatFolders, you can categorize existing attachments and new uploads using a drag-and-drop user interface.

Learn more on how to optimize media management for your funnel website.


  • WordPress media library folders list by CatFolders
  • Bulk select and drag-and-drop to organize multiple files into a WP media folder
  • One click to import folders from other WordPress file manager plugins
  • Filter media files in your library from the page/post/product editor
  • CatFolders’ built-in image gallery options in Gutenberg
  • Display image gallery from selected folder


This plugin provides 1 block.

  • CatFolders Image Gallery Show catfolders gallery


  1. Download the plugin from
  2. From your WordPress admin dashboard, go to Plugins > Add New, and upload the file
  3. Install and activate it
  4. After activating, just go to WordPress Media > Library to create your first folder/category.


How does CatFolders create folders in my WordPress media library?

This plugin creates virtual folders for your own view. It doesn’t make changes to your physical media folders or affect your media file URLs.

Can I create unlimited folders?

Yes, with CatFolders – WP Media Folders, you can add unlimited media folders and they are all accessible while you edit page/post using WordPress page builders.

Can it remember my last opened folder?

Yes, please go to Settings, open Startup folder, select Previous folder to make sure it will automatically take you to the recently opened WordPress media library folder to pick up where you left off.

Can any users create and make changes to the folders?

It is under the admin’s control. As an administrator, you can choose to have private folder structure for each user. Which means a user can view/edit those folders created by themselves, and cannot view/edit those folders created by other users.

I created all the folders and put all the images in the right place, then realised this view is only available to me. When I turn User-based folders OFF, the folders disappear, even for me. Is there a way to make the folders I created with User-based folders on, to be available to everyone?

Hi, as an admin user, you can merge your user-based folders into „common folders“. Here are the steps: Exporting the CSV, changing the user number at the „created_by“ column to zero, and uploading it again makes the folders available to everyone.

Do you offer lifetime license in the Pro version?

Yes, CatFolders – WP Media Folders Pro comes with lifetime licenses for single website or unlimited websites. It is loved by many freelancers and WordPress agencies.


4. Juni 2024. 1 reply
What’s the point of organizing photos into folders if I can’t even access the folders without getting the PRO version? This isn’t Lite, this is Useless.
28. Maj 2024. 1 reply
The plugin is good. But the support is better! I really loved to be heard about a bug i had, and it was immediately fixed. Thanks guys!
10. Februar 2024. 2 replies
Confusing announcement Merge Folders, so I lost all folder structure. There is no understandable communication, so I do not see any use of this but lost structure and organisation of media library. Will switch to professional plugin RealMediaLibrary… Bye bye
29. Januar 2024. 1 reply
Hallo, Das Plugin funktioniert bei mir mit der neusten WP Version.Es macht auf den ersten Blick einen guten Eindruck und funktioniert super.Die Einstellungen sind sehr einfach.Ich kann es sehr empfehlen und werde vielleicht ein Lifetime kaufen.Liebe Grüßse WTF.Netz
15. Decembar 2023.
I am so happy to have discovered this plugin and especially its cousin CatFolders Document Gallery. This gives me a solution I spent days looking into – others did not work for me! the Pro version is well worth the money! And whats more, I approached the team to inquire if the the image size in list view could be changed. This was not the case, but the offered a work around with css code. And what is more helped me set it up, as I was not familiar with how to do this! The Plugins are in constant development, where suggestions are being taken up and integrated! The ABSOLUTE BEST! Thank you!
10. Septembar 2023. 1 reply
After testing quite a lot of plgins to do the job, I installed this plugin for nearly all my clients … it works fast and is easy to manage. Pro Features are cool, but not all my clients referr to this… TY
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Contributors & Developers

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May 23, 2024 – Version 2.4.5

  • Added: Rest API for developers

Mar 25, 2024 – Version 2.4.4

  • Updated: Remove user-based folder mode
  • Updated: Force to merge user folders (View announcement post) – Applied to those sites with user-based folder view enabled
  • Improved: „Folder for post types“ settings

Feb 9, 2024 – Version 2.3.2

  • Added: New translation text
  • Improved: Display folder merge notice (because user-folder mode will be sunset soon)

Sep 5, 2023 – Version 2.3.1

  • Fixed: Missing .css asset

Aug 31, 2023 – Version 2.3

  • Fixed: Conflict with Yoast SEO plugin

Jul 28, 2023 – Version 2.2

  • Updated: Beaver Builder supported (PRO)
  • Added: Import Wicked Folders

Jul 25, 2023 – Version 2.1

  • Improved: Folder name live search

Jun 29, 2023 – Version 2.0

  • Fixed: Conflict with WooCommerce layout
  • Fixed: Small bugs

Jun 28, 2023 – Version 1.9

  • Added: Block for image gallery (Gutenberg)
  • Added: Generate attachment size
  • Fixed: Some bugs

Jun 14, 2023 – Version 1.8

  • Added: First folder notice
  • Added: Dashboard Widget
  • Updated: AntDesign v5
  • Improved: Optimise Tree render
  • Improved: Disable bulk select after moving files
  • Improved: Replace ‘…Loading’ to Spinner
  • Fixed: Prevent detach attachment when moving file in All Categorized Folder
  • Fixed: Prevent create sub-folder in context menu
  • Fixed: Prevent create empty folder name

Jan 13, 2023 – Version 1.7

  • Added: Folder permissions
  • Added: Search bar
  • Improved: Layout, UI and CSS
  • Improved: Performance
  • Improved: Translation
  • Improved: Context menu
  • Changed: Text domain from ‘catf’ into ‘catfolders’
  • Updated: Pot file

Dec 17, 2022 – Version 1.6.1

  • Added: German translation

Dec 5, 2022 – Version 1.6

  • Added: Translation ready

Sep 26, 2022 – Version 1.5

  • Added: Support WPML, Polylang
  • Added: Right-click menu
  • Fixed: Startup folder in modal
  • Fixed: Some bugs

Sep 16, 2022 – Version 1.4

  • Fixed: Delete folder in modal
  • Fixed: Upload file in modal
  • Fixed: Small bugs

Sep 12, 2022 – Version 1.3

  • Fixed: License activation

Sep 9, 2022 – Version 1.2

  • Added: Auto update
  • Fixed: UI

Aug 30, 2022 – Version 1.1

  • Added: Support page builders

Aug 20, 2022 – Version 1.0

Initial Release