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Joomla is a powerful CMS that include tons of features. These resources are enough to cover the requirements of a basic website; to add features like galleries, custom forms, slideshows or ecommerce you need to install third party extensions.

Joomla! Extensions Directory is the official repository for Joomla components, modules and plugins. Use the new and improved search form to find what you need.

Thanks to the volunteer team this process is easier!

In this tutorial we will explain 3 different ways to install an extension. All of them have the same purpose, please choose the one that match your situation.

Upload Package File

Go to Extensions > Extension manager > Upload Package File

joomla extensions upload package file

Once you downloaded the installer compressed in a zip file, browse that file and press Upload & Install button. Wait while the file is being uploaded and installed, if everything is fine you will see a success message.

Install from Directory

joomla extensions install from directory

I recommend this one when you install extensions with size bigger than 2 MB. You could try to install it using one of the previous methods but is possible won’t work due the time that takes upload the zip file is beyond the server settings.

Follow these steps:

  1. Download the installer, basically a zip file.
  2. Decompress the installer and upload the files inside the folder /tmp/your-extension/. Where your-extension means a custom folder. Use an FTP or SSH client for this process.
  3. Go to Extensions > Extension manager > Install from Directory
  4. In Install Directory field, type at the end of the path the name of your new folder.
    In this example we are using /your-extension/.
  5. Click Install button and wait.

If everything is fine you will see a success message.


Install from URL

Go to Extensions > Extension manager > Install from URL

joomla extensions install from url

When you know the hosted path of the extension, as example:, paste that url in Install URL field, finally click Install button.

Joomla will upload the extension directly from the link and install in a single step process.



As you can see, you have more than one way to add new extensions to your Joomla site. Some are easier than others. This provide a great flexibility to do the same job depending of the situation.



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The Joomla Extensions Directory is pleased to announce the addition of a monthly newsletter. This feature will be helpful to notify to the Joomlers about changes in the site such as new features, announcements, blog posts, how-to's and more.

The Joomla community is working hard to keep the new site growing with fresh content and features. As example, the past week we opened a new blog section where we plan to share news, suggest extension’s categories, how-to’s and useful information that users would be interested in.

It's time the information flows with a newsletter.


Sign up now

The first newsletter will be sent soon. We recommend to sign up today if you are interested in to receive the first edition.

Go to and sign up. It's that easy!




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Integrating social networks can increase the SEO statistics of your website, this potentially results in more visitors who access Twitter and Facebook every day from mobile to desktop devices that may have interest in what you offer.

Fortunately the integration with the most important social networks is easy thanks to the variety of extensions available in the social web category from the Joomla Extensions Directory.

The web of today needs to be social.


I'm thinking in two popular functionalities worth considering:

Social sharing

Allow a quick and easy way to share your contents in the most important social networks. This action post a link of your site in Twitter and Facebook, so your contacts can reach in matter of seconds what you offer in your website.

Social comments

If you run a blog, this feature is really good to allow comments in your articles. The comments are hosted by Facebook or Disqus, depending on which one match your needs.

Worth to mention the developers made a wonderful job by providing great pieces of software that will help you to accomplish this integration, many of those extensions are free. Of course, if you want more advanced features is always good to consider get a commercial extension.

Give a try!

Add social interaction into your Joomla site, is a decision that will print a positive effect in your project.



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With the launch of the new Joomla! Extensions Directory (JED) we have re-organized the team and created a number of new roles to streamline workflow. In late December we put out a call for volunteers and received 51 applications.

Over the past 2 weeks we've interviewed applicants and have filled all of the open roles.

The Joomla! Extensions Directory Team is pleased to announce the follow new team members:

Support Specialists

Markus Bopp
Mark Lee

Listing Specialists

Luca Marzo
Jaz Parkyn
Angelos Hadjiphilippou

Review Specialists

Amiel Horowitz

Web Developers

Rodrigo Spillere

Documentation Specialists

Ahmad El-Alfy
Keith Daudt

Newsletter Publisher

Renea Leathers

Social Media Expert

Anibal Sanchez

Forum Support

Neil Robertson
Anthony Berardi

Blog Writer

Valentin Garcia

Trademark Liaison

Duke Speer


Over the next few weeks we will be working on training and getting everyone up to speed with the new site and workflows.

Thanks to all who volunteered!


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