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Paid Downloads


Paid downloads plugin easily allows to sell any digital content. The plugin automatically delivers the product (temporary encrypted download link) to customer after completed payment done via PayPal, Payza/AlertPay or InterKassa. (If you also wish to accept Authorize.Net, 2Checkout, Skrill/Moneyboookers, EgoPay and Liberty Reserve, please try Paid Downloads Pro.) Just upload files and insert shortcodes like [paiddownloads id=”XXX”] into your posts or pages.

Using the plugin

  1. Install and activate the plugin like you do with any other plugins. Once activated, it will create a menu “PDownloads” in left side column in the admin area.
  2. Click left side menu “PDownloads >>> Settings” and do required settings. Set your PayPal ID, AlertPay ID, InterKassa parameters, e-mail address for notifications, e-mail templates for success and failed payments, download link lifetime, etc. You also can customize “Buy Now” button.
  3. Click left side menu “PDownloads >>> Files” and upload the files that you would like to sell. In this section you also can set the price for your files, view all payment transactions, generate and view temporary download links. You also can upload large files through FTP-connection (upload them to folder /wp-content/uploads/paid-downloads/files/) and assign them in this section.
  4. Once file uploaded look at column “Short Code”. This is short code which you can insert into your posts or pages. The short code is like that: [paiddownloads id=”XXX”] (XXX – is an ID of file). You also can extend this short code by adding return_url parameter. For example, if you wish to redirect your customers to “” page after successfull payment, just insert the following short code: [paiddownloads id=”XXX” return_url=””].
  5. Go to any post/page edit page and insert short code there. This short code is replaced by “Buy Now” button automatically (or by download link if the price is 0.00).

The workflow at front-end

If user decides to purchase your digital product, he/she can select desired payment method and click “Buy now” button. After that the user will be redirected to PayPal, Payza/AlertPay or InterKassa website to do the payment. After payment was done (completed and cleared), the user receives download link which is valid 2 days (period of validity is defined by administrator). Download link is sent to user’s PayPal or Payza/AlertPay e-mail. If user paid with InterKassa, download link is sent to e-mail entered during payment procedure.

Plugin is translation ready. Please help to translate it to different languages.

For more details visit Paid Downloads plugin page.
Please also read Paid Downloads FAQ.

Many thanks to translators: Wolforg (fr_FR).

Please also try Paid Downloads Pro. It allows to accept payments through PayPal, Payza/AlertPay, Skrill/Moneybookers, InterKassa, Autorize.Net, 2Checkout, EgoPay and Liberty Reserve. It also has option to remove payment transactions and send huge files through x_sendfile module.


Install and activate the plugin like you do with any other plugins.




07 Fevral 2017
Working like a charm on my site…Thanks for this plugin..:)
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Contributors & Developers

“Paid Downloads” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • French (fr_FR) translation added. Thanks to Wolforg (
  • Minor bgs fixed.


  • Obsolete php function “eregi” replaced by “preg_match”.
  • Fixed problem with UTF-8 characters submitted to PayPal.


  • Added option to request shipping address from PayPal.
  • Added option to view transaction details.


  • InterKassa payment method added (BETA).


  • AlertPay payment method added (BETA).
  • Plugin is translation ready.


  • Added option to use Merchand ID as well as PayPal e-mail ID.
  • Increased maximum size for custom “Buy Now” button (up to 600×600).
  • Plugin architecture changed.
  • Old shortcode [paid-downloads id=”XXX”] was replaced by new shortcode [paiddownloads id=”XXX”]. Old shortcode works too!
  • Typos fixed.


  • Auto update bug fixed.


  • Bug with custom “buy now” button fixed.


  • Protection against of direct downloads implemented.


  • Minor bugs fixed.


  • Now you can upload extremely large files via FTP and sell them using the plugin.
  • PayPal sandbox mode fixed.
  • CSS3 “Buy Now” button added.
  • Return URL option for successfull payment added.
  • License URL added. Now you can get license information from 3rd party websites for each file.
  • Terms & Conditions added.
  • Non-verified payers handler added.


  • Files list pagination (20 files per page) and search functionality implemented.
  • Available copies for sale functionality added.
  • Currency list updated. Now you can use the following currencies: USD, AUD, BRL, CAD, CHF, CZK, DKK, EUR, GBP, HKD, HUF, ILS, JPY, MXN, MYR, NOK, NZD, PHP, PLN, SEK, SGD, THB, TRY, TWD.
  • Minor bugs fixed.


  • Acceptance of Robokassa payments temporarely disabled.
  • Security issue fixed.
  • Javascript compatibility issues fixed.
  • Currency list updated. Now you can use the following currencies: USD, AUD, CAD, EUR, GBP, JPY, MXN, NZD.
  • Minor bugs fixed.


  • Currency list updated. Now you can use the following currencies: USD, AUD, EUR, GBP, NZD, RUR.
  • Minor bugs fixed.


  • Robokassa payment method added.
  • Currency list updated. Now you can use the following currencies: USD, EUR, RUR.
  • Minor bugs fixed.


This is the first version of Paid Downloads plugin.