Changing the file in a Download from Frontend

From time to time a new or modifed version of the file in a Download may require revision.  This article is aimed at illustrating how this is done from the frontend.  Of course it may also be done in a similar fashion in the backend.  Just to recap a Download consists of many parts, the foremost of these is of course the file that is to be downloaded.  Other parts comprise items like descriptions, images and thumbnails, and previews. All of these are changable but here we are just concerned with the downloadable file part.

In order to change the downloadable file from the front end the the logged on user must belong to a usergroup that  suitable permissions.  Typically at least Edit permission for the Download is required but usually Create and Edit Own are also granted to such a usergroup.  Sometimes Edit State permission is granted.  Occaisionally, but rarely, the usergroup has Delete permision.  Having Delete permission allows deleting the entire Download and, in my opinion, such a drastic action should be restricted to backend users such as Superusers. 

For more information on setting the Joomla! permissions please see [NEEDS REF]
When a  Download has at least edit permission then the 'pencil' symbol appears next to the Download title.Delete download25A
So after clicking on the 'edit pencil' change download48 then the Download edit form will appear.
Clicking on the Files tab gives a view such as shown opposite. Note on some templates the change download42 symbols might be on a separate line.

In order to change the downloadable file we first have to delete the file by clicking on the delete file button change download43.  This will exit the Edit screen.

We now have what is called a 'simple' Download, that is one with no file. So there is no download button but the edit pencil will still be there and dependant upon your other option settings and when you created the original version the Download may have a  change download46 symbol.

Click again on the edit pencil change download48 and this time the edit form will show, as expected, that there is no downloadable file associated with the Download.

Click on the Browse button and select the required file, which will be automaticaly uploaded.



There is one other item to do and that is to set the Updated option in the Publishing tab from No to Yes by using the pulldown.

When this is done then an updated symbol  change download51 should show in the Download title block.   Now  click on Save and we are done.  The modified date will be automatically updated by jDownloads.
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ColinM, November 2019

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