How to Uninstall jDownloads


This article describes how to uninstall the jDownloads Component, Modules and Plugins. The Component uninstallation includes options to deleting the database tables, the images, and the downloadable files and directories.
The jDownloads Component consists of four major parts
  1. The Software which is the component, modules and plugins;
  2. the Downloads which are the files that are downloaded together with the folders that form the Categories
    It also incudes the the Audio and Video preview files associated with the Downloads;
  3. the Images associated with Downloads;
  4. and the Database tables that hold the information about configuration, user groups, download descriptions and so on.
At the start of uninstalling jDownloads a special 'Uninstallation Control Panel' is shown.  This allows retaining or removing the Data, Images and the Database items.

Retention of these parts is to give the possiblity of just re-loading the software only should something have become corrupted.

Should you wish to save various parts of jDownloads yourself,  details of their locations and available tools are given in the Appendix at the end of this document. These include the Images, Categories and Files, the jDownloads specific Database tables, the jDownloads CSS files, and the current settings of the Options.


Navigate to the Joomla Extensions in your Joomla administration.

Click on Manage in the sub menu.

This brings up the Extensions Management page as below.

Uninstall Component Only

Unlike with some other components, we only need to select the Component as jDownloads  will also delete all of the modules and plugins at the same time.

Type jDownloads in the filter field and click on Search to show a view similar to the one opposite which lists all the jDownloads extensions.

Now click on the tickbox next to the jDownloads Component, which will deselect it to give the image as shown opposite.

Finally click on the button uninstall 2 button at the top.

You will first have a message asking you to confirm.

So click on the OK button.

The next screen will ask if you also wish to delete:

(1) all of the Images,

(2) all the files, including preview files,

(3) all the DataBase Tables.

In this example we choose not to delete any of the above.

After the uninstall completes a full report, such as the one opposite, is shown.

Note that none of the 'data' items were deleted.

If we were to now re-install jDownloads from the same series as the one from which we uninstalled then all would be well.

For example if the previous installation had been from the 3.9 series then we could re-install with say but not with not with one from the 3.8 series or earlier.

Uninstalling Component and Data

Follow the Uninstall sequence as above until you get to the view showing the 'Choose Additional Option'.

To make a complete uninstall click on each option so it shows Yes in a red background.

If you click again it will revert to No with a Green background.

When all the options are as desired then click on the red Uninstall button.button uninstall .

A report on the uninstallation is shown.

Only part of the report is shown opposite.

What is NOT uninstalled

Note that the jDownloads special 'integration' plugins for:

1. Community Builder Plugin for jDownloads,
2. JComments Plugin for jDownloads,
3. Komento Plugin for jDownloads

Are not 'uninstalled' as they are located within the special plugin area of their parent component.

See the relevant instrucions in the documentation for the relevant component/pluginfor uninstalling these special plugins.

Appendix Location of jDownloads Items

Images: these are stored in <your-site>/images/jdownloads/screenshots  The thumbnails are stored in a subdirectory of screenshots.  You will need to use an ftp program such as FileZila to copy these to your own device, or to use your site's Control Panel facilities.
Files and Categories: These are stored in the location identified by Options - 'Path Settings' tab - field 'Upload directory path'. 
This is usually <your-site>/jdownloads. Again you will need to use an ftp program such as FileZila to copy these to your own device, or to use your site's Control Panel facilities.
Database: You can export a copy of the jDownloads database tables by using Tools - Backup
Options Settings:  You can export a copy of your Options settings by using Tools- Options Export
CSS files: These maybe exported by using Layouts - Export
Colin Mercer December 2018, modified April 2022

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