WordPress Allow All File Types


This tutorial will show you how you can set your WordPress to override the restriction and allow all file types to be uploaded using the media library.

WordPress File Type Restrictions

WordPress by default restricts the file types you can upload using the Media Library Manager. For most of the users this security feature is very good, not allowing publishers to put their server at risk.

This are the default allowed file types you can upload:


  • .jpg
  • .jpeg
  • .png
  • .gif


  • .pdf (Portable Document Format; Adobe Acrobat)
  • .doc, .docx (Microsoft Word Document)
  • .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ppsx (Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation)
  • .odt (OpenDocument Text Document)
  • .xls, .xlsx (Microsoft Excel Document)


  • .mp3
  • .m4a
  • .ogg
  • .wav


  • .mp4, .m4v (MPEG-4)
  • .mov (QuickTime)
  • .wmv (Windows Media Video)
  • .avi
  • .mpg
  • .ogv (Ogg)
  • .3gp (3GPP)
  • .3g2 (3GPP2)

If you try to upload any other file type you will get security warning Sorry, this file type is not permitted for security reasons.