File picker FAQ

Working with files

Here are some common question about Moodle's File picker. You might also find File FAQ and Folder FAQ useful.


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Who can access the file I uploaded?


Where is the file I uploaded?

Technically speaking, if you have uploaded a file into Moodle it is STORED in a database. Filepicker just lets you see a view of the files in the database that you have access to in various places.


If we can't find the file in the file picker view . . .


Can I move items around in the file picker?

No. Moodle associates files with activities. You need to navigate to these activities to link to them.


Can I search for files in the file picker?

Not at the moment.


How can I create shared folders of common files for others to access?


Can I have my own file storage area??


Is there a way to upload a lot of files at once?


Is there a way to delete files from the file picker?

See Repositories FAQ. We cannot delete files, since they may be used elsewhere. The system cleans them up after a period of time.


How can I solve the "Invalid JSON string" error?

This is a common error that has affected the filepicker. (Someone may like to post on what this actually comes from) In various forum posts and tracker items some have suggested finding ways this is solved. More permanent solutions seem to be in train for Moodle version 2.3.

Tracker items:

  1. Seems to be the main listing: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-25190 ERROR: Invalid JSON string on filepicker, now re-opened.
  2. The Meta: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-26832
  3. The Meta-Meta: http://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-31907

Several forum discussions:

  1. http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=183878
  2. http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=182366
  3. http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=183035
  4. http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=194172

Reference: http://docs.nodejitsu.com/articles/javascript-conventions/what-is-json


Is there a way to sort files in the file picker?

Not at the moment. For comment on this see


How can I add Flickr, Picasa, Google Docs etc. in the file picker?

An admin can enable additional repositories which then appear in the file picker in Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Repositories > Manage repositories.


How can the order in which repositories are listed in the file picker be changed?

An admin can use the up and down arrows in Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Repositories > Manage repositories to set the order in which repositories are shown in the file picker.


See also