Media Library Categories

Descripcion

Adds the ability to use categories in the WordPress Media Library. When activated a dropdown of categories will show up in the media library.
You can change / add / remove the category of multiple items at once with bulk actions.
There is even an option to filter on categories when using the gallery shortcode.

Features WordPress Media Library Categories

  • add / edit / remove categories from media items
  • change the category of multiple items at once with bulk actions
  • category options & management in the Media Library
  • filter on categories in the media library
  • filter on categories in the gallery shortcode
  • taxonomy filter
  • support for WordPress 3.1 – 5.3

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Screenshots

  • Filter by category in the media library. Use bulk actions to add and remove categories of multiple images at once.
  • Manage categories in the media library
  • Filter by category when inserting media (premium version)

Installacion

For an automatic installation through WordPress:

  1. Go to the ‘Add New’ plugins screen in your WordPress admin area
  2. Search for ‘Media Library Categories’
  3. Click ‘Install Now’ and activate the plugin
  4. A dropdown of categories will show up in the media library

For a manual installation via FTP:

  1. Upload the ‘Media Library Categories’ directory to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in your WordPress admin area
  3. A dropdown of categories will show up in the media library

To upload the plugin through WordPress, instead of FTP:

  1. Upload the downloaded zip file on the ‘Add New’ plugins screen (see the ‘Upload’ tab) in your WordPress admin area and activate.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in your WordPress admin area
  3. A dropdown of categories will show up in the media library

FAQ

How to use separate categories for the WordPress Media Library (and don’t use the same categories as in posts & pages)?

By default the WordPress Media Library uses the same categories as WordPress does (such as in posts & pages). If you want to use separate categories you can use a custom taxonomy, this can be set under Settings → Media (or click on the settings quicklink on the WordPress plugins overview page).

How to use category in the [gallery] shortcode?

To only show images from one category in the gallery you have to add the ‘category‘ attribute to the [gallery] shortcode.
The value passed to the ‘category‘ attribute can be either the category slug or the term_id, for example with the category slug:

[gallery category="my-category-slug"]

Or with term_id:

[gallery category="14"]

If you use an incorrect slug by default WordPress shows the images that are attached to the page / post that is displayed. If you use an incorrect term_id no images are shown.

Aside from this behavior, the [gallery] shortcode works as it does by default with the built-in shortcode from WordPress (see the WordPress gallery shortcode codex page). If you only want to show attachments uploaded to the page and filtered by category than use the ‘id‘ in combination with the ‘category‘ attribute. For example (the id of the post is 123):

[gallery category="my-category-slug" id="123"]

Or leave id empty for current page / post:

[gallery category="my-category-slug" id=""]

In this example the slug is used, but you could also use the term_id.

How can I filter on categories when inserting media into a post or page?

This feature is only available in the premium version

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Reviews

17 novembre 2019
I had to do the functions.php fix in the FAQ, and also had to make it "media_categories" and not "categories_media". I don't know if that was just me, but if anyone runs into problems try that, also make sure you don't have extra quotes or anything copy straight from the code box. After buying Premium, i could transition from Enhanced Media Library to this one. I have over 20,000 images and was not looking forward to reorganizing them. The only things missing in this plugin are grid editing, and bulk delete/assign from grid. Grid is just so much easier when dealing with lots of files. If that capability is added all will be gold. That nag aside, I'm using this now and look forward to more improvements.
30 Agost 2019
When using the Media Library Categories with WPML with separate media categories from post categories; then it looses it's wpml compatibility, is there a fix for this? (When it shared the categories with the posts the categories were seperate from wpml languages) Meaning the separate media categories is not seperate from each WPML languages but instead are shared across languages. If you look into this for me I will gradly translate the plugin to danish as it's my native language as I would like to have this plugin for my multilanguage site.
14 febrièr 2019
Thank you! This plugin does for free something simple yet included in PRO version of other similar plugins - bulk category assign 👍🏻 Unfortunately, images do not show up in the media library when filtered for the corresponding category
20 decembre 2018
No idea which problem the one-star rating guys have. I installed it, created first categories and was able to bulk assign files to the category. Also filtering in the media library per category works, and that's exactly what i need to do.
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Contributors & Developers

“Media Library Categories” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

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Changelog

1.9

  • Add interface (located under Settings → Media) to separate the media categories from the default WordPress categories

1.8

  • Indent child categories in checklist media popup

1.7

  • Support WordPress 5.0
  • Support multiple slugs and id’s in gallery shortcode
  • Support WordPress Coding Standards 1.1.0
  • Add support for Dark Mode in WordPress

1.6.1

  • Support for SCRIPT_DEBUG
  • Only load CSS when needed

1.6

  • Notice for first time users how to separate media categories
  • Rewrite entire plugin to improve quality and make it ready for future development
  • Move language files to GlotPress

See complete changelog for all versions.