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Download button plugin

Redmine/ChiliProject has Files tab for publishing files for download. However it is not always clear that users should use this tab to find the project releases. That’s why the “Download” button plugin has been written.

This plugin adds nice and conspicuous button to the sidebar of the project. Users can use this button to download the recent file of the recent version. The plugin also allows specifying external URL for download, change caption and/or project name shown on the button, disable version or the whole button.

  • The button is displayed and its configuration form is available, only when there is at least one closed version;
  • If the button does not use external URL, there must be at least one file in the recent closed version;
  • If the button uses a file and a user does not have access to it, the button will have caption “Authorize to download”.


To install this plugin do:

  • For Redmine 2.x.x and above:
    • Copy download directory to #{RAILS_ROOT}/plugins.
    • Run: rake redmine:plugins:migrate RAILS_ENV=production.
  • For older Redmine and ChiliProject:
    • Copy download directory to #{RAILS_ROOT}/vendor/plugins.
    • Run: rake db:migrate:plugins RAILS_ENV=production.
  • Restart Redmine/ChiliProject.


It’s possible to configure the “Download” button using the form available in the project settings menu:

Configuration form

The “Download” tab is accessible only for users having the “Manage download button” permission.


It’s possible to customize the download button by creating custom.css file in the plugin’s assets/stylesheets directory and defining your CSS rules there.

Since version 0.0.3 the plugin also supports theming – theme’s style can be defined in file <theme>.css (e.g. red-andy.css).

Wiki extension

Since version 0.0.3 the plugin supports the !{{download}} Wiki macro. Check this page for details.

download-thumb.png View - Sample button for overview page (1.21 KB) Andriy Lesyuk, 29 Aug 2011 19:52

configuration.png View - Configuration form (55.8 KB) Andriy Lesyuk, 01 Sep 2011 07:47

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