Enhanced Media Library


Handy for those who need to manage a lot of media files.

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Officially! EML 3.0 Early Beta is available for testing

  • Give it a try, share feedback, report bugs, and help the developer to deliver it promptly!

Categorize by Anything!

  • Unlimited categories & tags for media items
  • Unlimited custom taxonomies: create in a few clicks
  • Unlimited third-party taxonomies: assign to the media library

Configurable Filters

  • Show / hide data, author, taxonomy filters
  • Per taxonomy filters
  • Configurable outcome of the filtering: include / exclude child categories

Enhanced Media Library

  • Show captions: title, filename, or caption field for each media item
  • Bulk selection: no special mode anymore, faster editing
  • Drag’n’Drop re-order right in the media library
  • Infinite scroll and manageable loads per page options

Dynamic Galleries / Playlists

Additional parameters for the [gallery] and [playlist] shortcodes:

  • media_category or any other taxonomy
  • monthnum
  • year
  • limit of media items to show

MIME Types Management

Add or remove file types, allow or disallow uploading. The plugin incorporates a file type into media filters if you wish.

Feels Native to WordPress

We spent hours to make Enhanced Media Library operates as though it were native WordPress functionality. All plugin features are incorporated into WordPress UI seamlessly.


  • Core hooks just work for media taxonomies and media items
  • All taxonomies supported: custom and code-registered
  • REST API supported out of the box
  • No custom tables in the database
  • Deactivation makes no harm to data: all media items and taxonomies remain after deactivation

Export / Import / Restore Plugin Settings

If you need to move your media library to another website you should export and import WordPress content with WordPress built-in export/import. But to make the Enhanced Media Library work on the new site with the same settings you are provided with the export/import feature.

Multisite compatible

Network activate the plugin and choose which options will be available to your admins. In the PRO version, the license key should be activated once for the whole network.

More about the basic version on wpUXsolutions.com

Enhanced Media Library PRO

Additional comfort and even more convenient way to organize WordPress media library:

  • Unlimited & Super-Fast Bulk Edit
  • User-friendly dynamic galleries / playlists: all options set with dropdowns and checkboxes, no “coding”
  • Advanced search: filter media items by just typing the first letters of its name in the search field
  • Auto-Categorize for post media items

More about the premium version on wpUXsolutions.com


Support is free for both versions of the plugin. “PRO”-users do not have priority. We do our best to respond in 24 hours if not sooner.

Compatible with the Plugins:

Please let us know if you find any issue with the plugins from the list above or others.


Please notice that you use Enhanced Media Library with other plugins that add media categories, media folders, or manage MIME Types at your own risk. We cannot guarantee their compatibility because of the different approaches to the same functionality. We do not recommend using other media library (folder) plugin at the same time with the Enhanced Media Library. Please choose the one you prefer.

Useful Links


  • Plugin Settings: WordPress General Media Settings

  • Plugin Settings: Media Items Order & Enhanced Media Shortcodes

  • Plugin Settings: Media Taxonomies & Filters

  • Plugin Settings: MIME Types settings

  • Plugin Settings: Export, Import, Restore, Cleanup

  • Media Taxonomies are just usual WordPress taxonomies

  • Media categories and tags in Nav Menu

  • Media Library Grid Mode

  • Media Library List Mode

  • Editing individual image / media items

  • Filter-based image gallery


  1. Upload plugin folder to ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory

  2. Activate the plugin through Plugins menu in WordPress admin

  3. Adjust plugin’s settings on Settings > Media

  4. Enjoy Enhanced Media Library!


May 7, 2024
I am very pleased with this plug-in, and have used it for several years now. It is very powerful, especially if you design your taxonomy well. I have never needed support because things were not working, but I have contacted them several times to help me figure out a problem or to suggest an improvement. Each time I received a very quick reply and have been given excellent and comprehensive attention. They clearly know their stuff and I cannot recommend this plugin enough.
April 26, 2024
I have been using the PRO version of the plug-in for 3 years. Because I have a lot of media and have to sort them in some way, I find the plugin extremely helpful and so far without any problems. Now there was a problem after a new update, but the support was super fast and super nice, THANK YOU! I am very satisfied and can only recommend it.
April 14, 2024
This plugin just continues to work. I use the paid version to support the work of the author. It is so useful for sorting and finding files
February 12, 2024 3 replies
this plugin makes tons of database requests to tables like wpuxss_eml_get_media_term_count. with thousands of media this plugin abomination clow down down loading admin pages for minutes! Give a wide berth from this crap!
December 1, 2022
I use this on multiple sites. It saves a huge amount of time sorting through images. It probably does more but that’s well worth the price.
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Contributors & Developers

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


“Enhanced Media Library” has been translated into 12 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Release Date – July 15, 2024


  • Validation and transliteration on the Media Taxonomies admin page improved, minor bugs fixed


  • A fatal error bug while JetPack VideoPress syncing is probably fixed, requires confirmation

3.0 Early Beta is available for testing!


  • Security issue related to MIME types upload has been fixed since v2.8.10. Please update to the latest version on all your websites.


  • EML is compatible with PHP 5.6, 7, and 8. Don’t hesitate to update. If you previously had issues because of the PHP version, it’s not the case anymore.

Thank you!

For being EML users for so many years.
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Release Date – June 19, 2024


  • xlsm file type upload ensured if allowed


Release Date – June 14, 2024


  • Elementor compatibility bug of v2.9.1 (not showing filters in Elementor’s media popup) fixed


Release Date – May 27, 2024


  • WP native search performance improved for both free and PRO versions in Media Library Grid Mode
  • PRO only: new options added: Search on enter, Auto search, and Minimun number of letters


  • PRO only: plugin update module PHP-warnings issue fixed


Release Date – May 16, 2024


  • Uploaded to this post by default option added to the Media > Media Library > Filters section
    Enable the option to get media files initially filtered by “Uploaded to this post” in a Media Popup while adding or editing them for a post, page, or custom post type.
  • Some changes made to the plugin’s code and the PRO version updating mechanism in preparation for an upcoming major update EML v3.0


  • Tiny bugs fixed


Release Date – May 10, 2024


  • Gallery / playlist shortcodes improved for better compatibility with other plugins
  • AND logic within a single taxonomy implemented for [gallery] and [playlist] shortcodes


[gallery media_category="california+flowers" genre="landscape"]

— Displays images having both categories “california” AND “flowers” AND also from the genre “landscape”

[gallery media_category="flowers,mosses" genre="garden"]

— Displays imager either from “flowers” OR “mosses” category AND also from the genre “garden”

Note: For performance it’s better to use IDs instead of slugs in the gallery shortcodes.


  • Layout issues fixed for the media popup with the Infinite scrolling option enabled
  • Fatal Error – Too Few Arguments to function fixed for two plugins: “cred-frontend-editor” and AJAX Thumbnail Rebuild
  • Minor CSS fixes


Release Date – April 30, 2024


  • Divi Builder compatibility ensured on uploading font files
    Note: Font files are allowed for upload with Divi Builder even if you haven’t added them with the EML settings because Divi adds its own allowed file types.


Release Date – April 26, 2024


  • A bug since v2.8.10 with the right sidebar covering media library files when Infinite scrolling option is enabled fixed


Release Date – April 23, 2024


  • A critical error bug of v2.8.11 with filtering by media taxonomies in the media library List View fixed


Release Date – April 19, 2024


  • Database queries for taxonomies improved
  • A mechanism for vetting allowed mime types added


  • Deprecated notices for author filter fixed
  • Issue with uploading font mime types fixed (Report other mime types you experience issues uploading, please)
  • PRO only: Search issue fixed and the mechanism improved to ensure compatibility with other plugins


Release Date – April 11, 2024


  • Plugin admin menu items order and compatibility improved
  • Right sidebar width and Ideal column width options added
  • Caption (grid mode) is no longer cropped when it is a filename
  • Caption lenght before crop depends on the thumbnail side – added
  • PRO only: Enhanced search mechanism in media library improved + filenames option added
  • Minor improvements to desltop/mobile layout made
  • PHP 8 compatibility ensured (no deprecated notices anymore)
  • Latest jQuery standards compatibility ensured (no deprecated notices anymore)


  • Duplicate listings when editing a single image edit in the list mode fixed
  • WP excess utility taxonomies hidden in the settings


Release Date – January 09, 2022


  • Infinite scroll and manageable loads per page options added
  • SVG full support ensured
  • Taxonomy archive pages improved – are now fully disabled and not indexed if chosen
  • Compatibility with SimpLy Gallery Blocks plugin added


Release Date – August 26, 2021


  • Media Library Grid Mode: “More Details” / “Less Details” button improved to remember the latest choice after page reload
  • Better third-party admin menu compatibility
  • Compatibility for Impreza theme categories added


Release Date – August 8, 2021


  • Enfold theme masonry gallery (latest version) compatibility ensured


  • Edit image wrong link fixed for the Grid mode


Release Date – August 5, 2021


  • WordPress 5.8 compatibility ensured


  • A minor ACF-related bug fixed


Release Date – April 10, 2021


  • A critical bug of v2.8.4 fixed (FooGallery related)
  • A few minor bugs fixed


Release Date – April 9, 2021


  • A bug with a category checkbox not showing unchecked after deselecting a category fixed
  • A bug with taxonomy archive pages are being actually empty instead of 404 fixed



Release Date – March 9, 2021


  • Taxonomy archive pages mechanism improved. When the pages are disabled (404) they are no more accessible by friendly URLs


  • WordPress 5.7 compatibility ensured


Release Date – December 9, 2020


  • WordPress 5.0 – 5.6 minor compatibility issues resolved


Release Date – October 29, 2020


  • Enfold theme compatibility error fixed
  • The bug with ACF’s panel expand fixed
  • Minor bugs fixed


  • Allowed MIME Types upload improved
  • Scroll to a selected media item improved (Media Library Grid Mode)
  • PRO only: Faster Select All


Release Date – October 11, 2020


  • Critical WP core compatibility issues fixed
  • Gallery and Playlist editing bug fixed
  • Image uploading issue fixed


  • ACF attachment custom fields – better compatibility
  • Enfold Theme: added [av_masonry_gallery] shortcode compatibility with media category parameters like media_category='10', tag='21'
  • PRO only: The bulk Save Changes button is disabled by default since v2.8 for new plugin installations. All changes are being made on the fly. If you prefer the button, you can enable it at Settings > Media Taxonomies > Bulk Edit > Save Changes button.

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