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The WordPress Media Library

Managing images, audio, videos, documents

Updated: May 2, 2023
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff

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WordPress Media Library

Using the WordPress Media Library

The WordPress Media Library contains all the files you uploaded to your WordPress site, A virtual repository of all media files types such as images, videos, audio, and other documents that you can use on your site. It allows you to upload and manage media files, insert them into posts and pages, and even quickly edit on the go. The most recent uploads are listed first.

Media Library

The Media Library

Expand the Media menu from the WordPress Dashboard. The Media Library page will show all the media items you currently have in your media library. To add a new media item to your library, click the Add New link. From here, upload a new image. Once your image has been uploaded, you will see it has been added to the library.

Editing Images in the Media Library

One of the nice features of the WordPress media library is the ability to edit images. Click on an image, then click the Edit Image button. You can crop, rotate, flip or scale the image.

WordPress Media Library Multi-File Up-loader

If you have more than one file to upload at once, you can easily switch to the multi-file up loader. Just drag and drop multiple files here to be added to your WordPress Media Library.

Organize Your WordPress Media Files

To find a file you have already uploaded by using the file up-loader, follow these steps: Click the "Add Media" on the "Add New Post" page to open the Insert Media window. Click the "Media Library" tab at the top of the window. All the files you uploaded to your blog appear because of the File Uploader feature. Files you uploaded through other methods, such as FTP, do not appear in the Media Library. Select the file that you want to reuse. In the settings menu that appears, set the options for that file: Title, Caption, Description, Link URL, Order, Alignment, and Size. Click the Insert into Post button. The correct HTML code is inserted into the Post text box.

For further reading on the media library

WordPress Media Library Plugins


WordPress Media Library Folders & File Manager. Organize thousands of WordPress media files in folders / categories at ease.

Folders, Unlimited Folders to Organize Media Library Folder

With the Folders WordPress plugin create unlimited folders, organize & manage your Media Library files, Pages & Posts in folders

Media Library Assistant

Enhances the Media Library

Real Media Library

Organize uploaded media in folders, collections and galleries: A file manager for WordPress. Media management made easy

Media Library Categories

Adds the ability to use categories in the media library.

Export Media Library

Allows users to export media library files as a compressed zip archive.

Enhanced Media Library

The plugin will be handy for those who need to manage a lot of media files

Media Library Folders

Easier file and folder management for WordPress Media Library for Galleries and Albums

Media Library Enable Infinite Scrolling

A small plugin to re-enable infinite scrolling in the Media Library after WordPress 5.8 is released.

Moving Media Library

Supports the transfer of Media Library between servers.

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