Brief Overview of the jDownloads Modules


This gives a brief overview of each jDownloads module.
 An image of a typical item in the list is shown for most of the modules listed below.  Some have specific articles.

The Top module shows those Downloads that have been downloaded the largest number of times.  This could also be described as showing the set of the Most Popular Downloads. This is not subject to any time limit.most recent01
The Latest module shows the most recently created Downloads.most recent01
The Last Updated module shows the most recently updated Downloads.  That is those Downloads that have been modified.  It is necessary to mark the Downloads as updated in righthand column of the General tab and to set the modification date if you wish them to be shown in this module.most recent01
The Most Recently Downloaded module shows those Downloads that have just been downloaded.  Optionally it also shows the user who downloaded the item.
Requires that 'Options - Gobal Settings - Activate log function for Downloads' is set to Yes.
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The Related Downloads module shows those Downloads related to the Download being shown. The Related Downloads are selectable as either those in the same Category or its sub-categories as the Download being shown on the details page or those with the same creation date. 

It is most frequently used in the Download Details view but it may also be used in Descriptions and elsewhere. There is an article Related Module (opens in new tab/window) on this module.  It is a slightly unusual module as it is not assigned to a position.

It also requres a Download Details layout that suppors the 'related functon'.
most recent01
The Most Rated Downloads module has two variants: the Top Rated version lists the Downloads by the highest number of stars; the Most Rated version lists the Downloads by the highest number of votes.  You can have both versions as separate modules by making a duplicate.
most recent01
To show the ratings it is necceasary to include the placeholder {rating} in the active layout and in the Options- Front End tab - Ratings to set option 'Activate ratings' to Yes.
The Featured module shows Downloads that have been 'featured' and are typically listed with a yellow star.  This is most useful to pick out the featured Downloads in one or more categories.V4 featured01

The very useful Tree module shows the Categories and Sub Categories in a tree structure.  It gives an alternate navigation aid. There is an article  on the Tree module (opens on a sepate window/tab).V4 tree01
The Stats module shows the statistics: how many Downloads; the number of Categories; and the total number of times files have been downloaded.most recent01
The View Limits module shows a logged on user their current download limits.  These include daily, weekly and monthly limits.  See View Limits Module (opens in anew window/tab) for more details.most recent01

Setting up Modules

Setup of the most modules is very similar.
  • There is the ability to add text before and after the module list;
  • to select from which category or categories the information is shown;
  • the number of entries in the list;
  • set as a link to Download Details page, subject of course to the Permissions;
  • view Description as a tool-tip; and so on.
Of course only those Downloads which have the appropriate view access are shown.  For example with the View Limits module then one would set the view access to Registered.

 There are four module parameters that must be set up, except for the Related module where no position is specified:
On the Module tab   Title: setup01  Position and Status:  setup02
and on the Menu Assignment tab  Module Assignment  setup03

Further Notes

1.   A neat way to show several modules without using a lot of screen space is to show in a 'Tabs' module.
2.  The Before and After text fields are very useful to add in extra information.

3.  Sometimes you may wish to add in not just text but some html code.  However jD removes regular html  enclosed in < ... >.  But if you use the Sourcerer plugin,available free from (opens in a new tab/window), then it is possible.  The code below gives the result shown in the picture. Note the use of [[ and ]] in place of < and >.
ColinM Nov 2019,modified June 2023

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