External Media

External Media | Minnur Yunusov


Import files from or create external links from third-party services (Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive and any other external file from URL).

External Media Premium is a premium version of this plugin with support for Unsplash, Instagram, Pexels, Pixabay and AWS.

This plugin provides convenient way of linking and using files from the services listed above. It is intuitive, controls located where you expect them to be. For instance if you would like to create a link to your file in your Dropbox account, just press Add Media and choose Insert from URL media tab and then click Link to Dropbox button.

The plugin provide two options:
– Insert from URL (this will link to a file located on one of the services)
– Import file (this will upload a file from a remote service and store the file in WordPress)

Note: Imported files from a remote services become a permanent file and changes made to the file on the service won’t reflect on the site. You would have to re-import the file using External Media plugin.

The plugin won’t upload the same file twice, instead it will check if the file already exists in your WordPress site and re-use it.


Getting started.

NOTE: Some steps require you to have developer accounts in third-party
services and obtain API Keys in order to configure the plugin.
If you’re not a developer you might need help from someone you know
or contact the author for support.

  • Please enable the External Media plugin.
  • Configure one or more services. Each field has a description with links.
  • Please follow instructions to generate all required keys in those links.


  • Enable plugins you would like to see in the Add Media library.
  • Set “Only allow inser to remote files” if you would like to
    use the plugin only in “Insert from URL” media tab.


  • Use your existing account or create new account in Dropbox (dropbox.com).
  • Open https://www.dropbox.com/developers/apps and create Drop-in app.
  • Enter all domain names in ChooserSaver domains field.
  • Copy the “App Key” and use it in the plugin to enable insert links or
    imports from Dropbox.


  • Use your existing account or create new account in Box (box.com).
  • Open https://app.box.com/developers/services and create a new Box Application.
  • Once created you should be able to see the Api Key.
  • Copy the “Api Key” (see under “Backend Parameters”) and use it in the
    plugin to enable insert links or imports from Box.


NOTE: Please note you might need to re-ope file picker popup after you
first time login. Please also note that users only can choose their own photos.

  • Open https://ww.com/developer/clients/manage/ and register
    a New Client.
  • Provide Redirect URI (this can be found on the plugin configuration page)
  • Use Client ID and Client Secret in the plugin.
  • NOTE: This plugin ONLY allows to use your ow pictures.

OneDrive (Microsoft).

Please Register your app to get an Application (client) ID, if you haven’t already done so. Ensure that the web page that is going to reference the SDK is a Redirect URL under Redirect URIs (Web platform). Enable Implicit grant and make sure Access Tokens and ID Tokens checked. Set Treat application as a public client to Yes.


  • To get started using Google Picker API, you need to first create or select a
    project in the Google Developers Console and enable the API.
  • Add your Client ID obtained from the Google Developers Console.
    Example format: 886162316824-pfrtpjns2mqnek6e35gv321tggtmp8vq.apps.googleusercontent.com
  • Application ID. Its the first number in your Client ID. e.g. 886162316824
  • Add scopes or use the default scope.
  • Add your domain to Authorized JavaScript origins.
    More about scopes: https://developers.google.com/picker/docs/#otherviews
  • Make sure you enable Picker API.
  • Make sure you enable Drive API.


  • Create or edit any page or other content.
  • Press Add Media button.
  • Choose either you would like to insert a link to the file (Insert from URL)
    or import file from third-party service (this will save files in WordPress
    and will become permanent, further changes to files on the third-party service
    won’t reflect on the site).

For more information or customization please contact the author of this plugin.

Plugin author

Minnur Yunusov

Plugin official website address

If you encounter problems in using the External Media plugin, you can comment below, and I will try my best to help you solve the problem

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