Downloading all media from Media Library

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  • #583157

    ymsptl
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    Since my old hard drive bricked, my photoblog is the only back up I have of my old image files. Is there any way for me to easily download the entire contents of my media library to my new hard drive, without having to do every file individually?

    The blog I need help with is explosivesinthecargohold.net.

    #583331

    auxclass
    Member

    We need the URL of the site in question beginning with http before anyone can give you accurate help.

    #583334

    auxclass
    Member

    If you have a WordPress.COM site you probably won’t like the workaround here: https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/i-wan-to-backup-my-own-media-library-is-there-any-way?replies=8#post-362261

    #583511

    ymsptl
    Member

    I have a wordpress.com site, I have nearly 700 photos uploaded at explosivesinthecargohold.net. I’m very eager not to have to download them all manually, so it would be great if I could get more explicit instructions how to use the solution outlined in that linked page.

    #583513

    timethief
    Member

    See here > Go to Tools -> Export in your WordPress.com dashboard to download an XML file of your blog’s content.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/export/

    #583635

    heidimoon
    Member

    Yes, but the XML file doesn’t contain any of the images.

    I’m trying to import my wordpress.com blog’s XML file into a new instance of hosted WordPress (version 3.1.1) and the Import dashboard does *NOT* include the checkbox to download and import attached files.

    It seems the only option is to FTP these images, but first they need to be exported from the Media Library. So how do we do this?

    #583637

    raincoaster
    Member

    There isn’t any reason the export file wouldn’t contain the images. It certainly does every time I try it.

    #583638

    timethief
    Member

    Same here.

    #583639

    auxclass
    Member

    I believe the Export file has links to the image files but not the images themselves. The Export / XML file is a plain text file.

    #583640

    The XML export file does NOT contain images, it can’t.

    During the import process (if you are importing into either another .COM site, or a .ORG site), you are given the opportunity to have your attachments imported at the same time.

    #583641

    heidimoon
    Member

    Not in my install of WordPress it doesn’t (and it’s version 3.1.1). The only option I’m presented with during import is what author/user to associate posts with. Nary an attachments checkbox to be found. I’ve had to go ahead and manually download all of my images one by one.

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