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Joomla 1.7 Help – Media Manager Flash Uploader Not Working

Joomla 1.7 Help – There is a problem with the Joomla 1.7 Flash Upload feature that allows you to upload multiple images at once in the Media Manager.  This issue just started happening in Joomla 1.7 as in Joomla 1.6 it was working fine.  There is a Joomla 1.7 wiki document on how to fix this issue and describes that you need to replace your SWF file:

1.7.0 Flash Upload broken

The flash uploader is broken in 1.7.0 because the Flash file is outdated.

Solution: replace in media/system/swf/ with this file:

http://joomlacode.org/gf/download/trackeritem/26603/67164/uploader.swf

Joomla 1.7 - Media Manager Enable Flash Upload
Joomla 1.7 - Media Manager Enable Flash Upload

Steps to Activate your Flash Upload Feature

1.  Login to your Joomla 1.7 Administrator backend

2.  Click on Content, Media Manager

3.  Click on ‘Options’ button on the right

4.  In the Media Manager Options window, set

      • Enable flash uploader = Yes
      • Click on ‘Save & Close’

The Problem With the Flash Upload Feature

5.  Scroll to the bottom of the Media Manager window and you will see a section that says “Upload files (Maximum Size: 10 MB)”

6.  Click on the ‘Browse Files’ button

7.  The button will not do anything.  That means there is an problem with Flash Upload

Joomla 1.7 - Media Manager Flash Upload Browse Files Problem
Joomla 1.7 - Media Manager Flash Upload Browse Files Problem

The Fix for the Flash Upload Feature

As the solution says in the message from Joomla above, we have to replace the SWF file in the media/system/swf folder.    Below are instructions on how to replace this file:

9.  Right click on the link:

http://joomlacode.org/gf/download/trackeritem/26603/67164/uploader.swf
10. Click on ‘Save link as’, select your desktop folder, Click on Save the uploader.swf

11. Login to your Control Panel File Manager or Filezilla to access your backend files

Joomla 1.7 - Filezilla Window - Left is PC - Right is Website
Joomla 1.7 - Filezilla Window - Left is PC - Right is Website

12.  The left window is your PC, the right window is your website file manager

13.  On the right side, navigate to the folder:  media/system/swf 

Joomla 1.7 - Go to Uploader.swf file location on Right side
Joomla 1.7 - Go to Uploader.swf file location on Right side

14.  Rename the uploader.swf to uploader.swf.old

15.  On the left side (PC) side, navigate to where you saved the file in Step 2.

16.  Drag over the downloaded file uploader.swf from left panel to the right panel to upload the new file to your website.

Joomla 1.7 - Drag over downloaded Uploader.swf file from Local to Remote
Joomla 1.7 - Drag over to the right downloaded Uploader.swf file from Local to Remote

 Test your Flash Uploader

So now your Joomla 1.7 Flash uploader is fixed.  To test it out, just go to your Media Manager in Steps 1-7 and click on the ‘Browse Files’ button.  Now the file manager should show up and you can select multiple files to upload.

Thanks,

Elaine

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