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Blocks: Repository File Manager

Maintained by Me ! Tim Williams
This block contains a Moodle 2.x re-write of the Moodle 1.x file manager.
Moodle 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8
The primary purpose of this block is to provide file management capabilities for the 'Course files area' repository. However, this block is also capable of interfacing with the Moodle 2.x Files API to provide limited file browsing capabilities for some other repository types. It is hoped to further develop the management capabilities so that files held in other repository types can be managed through this block.

Please check our website for the latest plugin releases.


This plugin is part of set Course files.


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Tim Williams (Lead maintainer)
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  • That's me
    Thu, Jul 5, 2012, 9:57 AM
    Just installed the Repository File Manager Yesterday And came up with the following messages in the header bar when debugger was turned on.
    Strict Standards: Declaration of repository_coursefilearea_abs::type_config_form() should be compatible with that
    of repository::type_config_form() in /home/souther9/public_html/repository/coursefilearea/lib23.php on line 8

    Strict Standards: Declaration of repository_coursefilearea::get_listing() should be compatible with that
    of repository::get_listing()in /home/souther9/public_html/repository/coursefilearea/lib.php on line 38
    Does this help and will it affect my course.
  • Picture of Franke Steffen
    Mon, Aug 13, 2012, 6:16 PM
    Hi Raymond, did you get rid of these messages. I have the same problem here.


  • Me !
    Mon, Feb 4, 2013, 12:47 AM
    Raymond, Franke : The error is not critical, but it should be fixed in the next release (coming very soon).
  • Picture of John Anderson
    Fri, Apr 19, 2013, 12:26 AM
    Having trouble with students able to view this block / view the files. Seems to be set to allow. Any ideas?
  • Picture of Nacho Aguilar
    Fri, May 23, 2014, 4:14 PM
    Thanks for your work.
    I've installed it in Moodle 2.6.1 but I cannot see the options on the right (rename, delete...). I haven't see the bottom option (with choosen files, create folder and so on.

    I have checked it with different themes but that wasn't a solution.

    When I have activated the debugging mode this is the error message:

    get_context_instance() is deprecated, please use context_xxxx::instance() instead.

    line 4020 of /lib/deprecatedlib.php: call to debugging()
    line 53 of /blocks/repo_filemanager/index.php: call to get_context_instance()

    get_system_context() is deprecated, please use context_system::instance() instead.

    line 4080 of /lib/deprecatedlib.php: call to debugging()
    line 56 of /blocks/repo_filemanager/index.php: call to get_system_context()

    build_navigation() is deprecated, please use $PAGE->navbar methods instead.

    line 1988 of /lib/deprecatedlib.php: call to debugging()
    line 549 of /blocks/repo_filemanager/index.php: call to build_navigation()
    line 522 of /blocks/repo_filemanager/index.php: call to html_header()

    Any idea?
    Thanks in advance
  • Picture of Michael Milette
    Mon, Jun 2, 2014, 10:36 PM
    Hi Tim,

    I noticed that the Website URL link above takes you to a page that no longer exists. Do you plan to continue to maintain this plugin? If so, do you plan on releasing a Moodle 2.7 version?

    Best regards,

  • Me !
    Mon, Jun 9, 2014, 5:46 AM
    Hi Michael, our website was recently re-organised, so I think that particular link slipped through the net. The plugin is still being maintained and a Moodle 2.7 release will happen in due course, although the chances are that the current release will work in 2.7, so I suggest you give it a try. Let me know if you have any problems.

    Kind regards, Tim W
  • Me !
    Sat, Sep 6, 2014, 1:08 AM
    The 2014030801 works OK on Moodle 2.7, so I've updated the supported Moodle versions for the existing release rather than adding a new version.
  • Picture of Mónica Andrea Arboleda M.
    Thu, Dec 4, 2014, 6:27 AM
    Hello I need to post a html document, its an animation. But when I put the URL it doesnt appear. Can you help me to resolve that problem.
  • Me !
    Thu, Dec 11, 2014, 3:41 AM
    Hi Monica, I'm not sure I understand what you are trying to do, could you explain the procedure you are trying to follow in more detail?
  • Picture of murillo cucatto
    Fri, Feb 13, 2015, 12:11 AM
    Hello, do you know why not match any button appears? Could be the same Nacho Aguilar issues. Tks.
  • Picture of Yenin Rodriguez
    Thu, Feb 19, 2015, 5:26 AM
    Hi all, I'm moving to Moodle 2.8 but released the latest version of Blocks: File Repository Manager is for Moodle 2.7, you know if the last version released from Blocks: Repository File Manager works correctly in Moodle 2.8?
  • Me !
    Sat, Feb 28, 2015, 12:49 AM
    Hi Yenin, I still use this plugin on my own sites, so it is still developed. I've not had time to check it on Moodle 2.8 yet, this will happen at some point but I can't give you a time scale (I've got far too much other work on at the moment). The chances are that it will work on Moodle 2.8, so I suggest you give it a go on a test site before deploying.
  • Picture of Antonello Moro
    Sun, Jun 28, 2015, 4:06 AM
    No matter the moodle and php file limits, I always get this error when trying to upload a file:
    Uploaded file {$a} exceeded the maximum size limit set by the form

    The problem was not present when we first installed the plugin. Since then we changed many moodle configuration parameters, but we can't figure out wich one is causing the problem. Any help would be appreciated
  • Picture of Antonello Moro
    Sun, Jun 28, 2015, 4:33 AM
    I finally managed to fix the problem. In function upload_print_form_fragment_old, I modified this line:

    $str = etc... "input type="hidden" name="MAX_FILE_SIZE" value="'. $maxbytes etc

    like this:


    The value of $maxbytes was very high (as expected due to our moodle configurations) but it caused the problem anyway. This should not cause problems since in our site this block is meant for admins only.
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