Enhanced Media Library


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

Media Taxonomies

Categories and Tags for media items

Various media categories. With the plugin installed you immediately obtain Media Categories for categorizing and filtering media items in WordPress admin. This feature alone will save you hours of searching through a media library with even as few as 100 images.

Whether you have a lot of images that need to be organized into complex structures or simply dislike the name of the default taxonomy – Media Categories – you can create and (un)assign to the media library as many taxonomies as you wish without writing a single line of code.

You can also assign to the media library built-in WordPress taxonomies – Categories and Tags – as well as any other taxonomy created by third-party plugin, theme, or hand-coded – with only plugin’s UI.

For both new and existing media items. Categorize both new and existing media items. You can assign a category to a media item during the upload process, in the media library (preferably in the Grid Mode), in post/page editor media popup (“Add Media” button). If you need to manage a lot of media items at once, there is the PRO version of the plugin that allows to do it in bulk.

Filter media items in WP admin. Every media library screen is enhanced with the plugin’s filters to search and sort your media files. With flexible plugin’s options you can adjust what filters you will see in Grid and List modes of the media library and in post/page editor media popups, and what taxonomies you would like to edit when inserting media to posts/pages. The plugin works with custom post types as well. The options can also help you to force plugin’s filters for third-party plugins or themes, manage media taxonomies archive pages, etc.

Order options. With two options “Order media items by” (Date, Title, and Custom Order) and “Sort order” (Ascending and Descending) you can control media items order for all screens of the media library in WP admin. “Custom Order” allows to re-order media items within a category with drag and drop. This order will be used, in particular, for the gallery based on this category. “Natural sort order” option available for “Title” sort order will apply the human-friendly sort order to Media Library and Galleries. See Settings > Media > Media Library.

Filter-Based Shortcodes

Image Gallery and Audio / Video Playlist

Fully compatible with WordPress native shortcodes. Media items categorizing can be useful for the front-end as well. To insert media galleries or audio / video playlists based on media categories you have to use the familiar format like [gallery media_category="5" category="2" limit="10" monthnum="12" year="2015" orderby="title" order="DESC"] or [playlist media_category="5" category="2" limit="10" monthnum="12" year="2015" orderby="title" order="DESC"]. The PRO version of the plugin allows to manage gallery or playlist shortcode without “coding” at all. Just choose the settings with the plugin’s UI in the familiar edit popup and see your gallery / playlis live immediately in the post/page editor.

To turn on the feature set “Enhanced media shortcodes” option on Settings > Media > Media Library > Media Shortcodes. Please be advised that conflicts with other gallery plugins or themes are possible. Check your front-end and back-end gallery / playlist functionality after activating the feature.

MIME Types

Media File Types

Another feature of the plugin is the MIME Types control. You can add new MIME types, delete existing ones, and point what file types are allowed for uploading. Initially, the plugin shows up the WordPress default MIME Type settings and creates the backup of them. The column “Add Filter” allows to add a MIME Type to plugin’s filters so that you will be able to filter your media items not only by categories but also by the file type. You can set any label you wish to see in a filter with columns “Singular Label” and “Plural Label”.

Export / Import 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.

Easy to Use and WordPress Native Look and Feel

We spend hours to make plugins features work as though they were native WordPress functionality. If you are a developer and looking for a solution totally compatible with WordPress core and, at the same point, really easy to deal with for your non-geeky customers, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.


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

Available Languages

You can see the list of available translations and their progress on wpUXsolutions.com. Many thanks to all involved!

Assistance with translating is highly appreciated! If you’d like to be a translation editor or to suggest translations for your language please feel free to contribute to translation. All changes made are included to every new release of the plugin.

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

Enhanced Media Library PRO

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

  • Categorize media items in bulk
  • Assign media items to parent post categories automatically
  • Enhance [gallery] and [playlist] shortcodes with just WordPress UI, no “coding”
  • Search media items by category name in Media Library
  • Customize default search according to your needs: include or exclude Titles, Captions, Descriptions, Authors, Media Taxonomies

More on wpUXsolutions.com

Useful Links

Screenshot (schermate di esempio)

  • 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!


15 Ottobre 2020
This plugin is really needed by many, even myself. I have used this plugin for a long time and been very happy with it and grateful for it. I have a website with a lot of media uploads, and expect much more in the coming year. With this plugin I am able to manage my media uploads effectively. I am surprised that WordPress didn't do this in the first place themselves, seeing how effective this plugin has been. I have had zero problems with this plugin and I have used it for over a year. Keep it going mate! PS: would like to see a link to donate somewhere, did I miss it?
23 Luglio 2020
Le plugin n'est plus mis à jour et ne fonctionne plus sur les dernières version worpdress
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Changelog (registro delle modifiche)


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.


My sincere apologies to everyone hurt by the absence of EML updates last year. The plugin is not abandoned, its development will continue.


Release Date – September 13, 2018


  • Compatibility with Smush (WP SmushIt) plugin ensured


Release Date – September 11, 2018
v2.7 bugfixes


  • [playlist] broken shortcode bug fixed
  • “Image not uploading”, “Can’t add featured image”, “Media library right sidebar gone” and possibly some other situations common bug fixed.
  • PRO only: hidden filters bug fixed
  • A few minor bug fixed, some minor code improvements made


Release Date – September 10, 2018


  • Better workflow for saving categories in both single item and bulk edit: everything is being saved on the fly by default (Save Changes button is now optional)
  • Better layout for the Media Library
  • [gallery] and [playlist] shortcodes now understand media category slugs, not only IDs
  • Multisite “Unify Media Settings over Network” option added


  • Taxonomy fields are now always at the end of other fields in Attachment Details
  • Admin Menu Editor compatibility added


  • Multisite performance issue fixed
  • Admin titles for plugin settings pages fixed
  • Natural sort order bug – not showing media items with the same titles – fixed
  • data[caption_type] not found bug fixed


Release Date – May 23, 2018
Addresses various issues of all previous 2.6.x versions


  • Various multisite bugs fixed, including the user deletion bug
  • A bug causing memory leak on websites with thousands of users fixed
  • A few bugs causing admin crash in PHP less than 5.5 fixed
  • PRO only: a few update issues fixed including persistent update message bug


  • Elementor CSS-compatibility added (a temporary solution, we are still working on the full compatibility)


Release Date – May 18, 2018


  • Filter by authors added
  • “Filters to show” option added: show/hide filters by File Type Date, Author, Media Taxonomies
  • “Include children” option added: include (or not) media items of child media categories when filtering
  • PRO only: Search options added: what to (or not to) include to the default search: Titles, Captions, Descriptions, Authors, Media Taxonomies
  • “Show caption” option added for the Grid Mode
  • Full multisite support added (documentation is coming)


  • Natural sort order for galleries and archive pages ensured
  • Plugin’s menu improved
  • Plugin options are re-grouped to be more consistent
  • PRO only: Updating mechanism improved
  • Media taxonomies creation mechanism revised to allow non ASCII characters like Chinese in taxonomy names
  • Taxonomy archive pages disabled by default since this version (for new installations)
  • A lot of small security improvements


  • Custom order for a taxonomy archive page fixed
  • Position of WordPress core messages in the Grid Mode fixed
  • A lot of small bug fixed

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