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.



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
  6. HappyFiles by Thomas Ehrig
  7. Folders by Premio

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.

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 WP media library when needed.

Upload files to a specific folder
Enhanced media library uploader allows you to choose a folder first, and then upload multiple files from your computer to that folder.

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.


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


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

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


  • WordPress media library folders list by CatFolders
  • Bulk select and 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


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.

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.


September 10, 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
July 25, 2023 1 reply
Needed a small bugfix on the plugin, the editor replied very fast and provided me a perfectly fixed version, great!
January 11, 2023 3 replies
The plugin is awesome. It should get a lot more good reviews. Basically, it doesn't do anything different than the competition, but it's implemented much better than most of the others. After 9 folder plug-ins finally found the right one - thanks, CatFolders!
March 25, 2023 1 reply
<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>CatFolders ist ein super nützliches Plugin, welches ich für alle meine Mediatheken direkt installiere. Die Mediathek ist danach noch genauso schnell wie vorher aber viel aufgeräumter :). Es kommen auch ständig neue tolle Funktionen dazu :)!</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->
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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