Link Vault


Masuga Design

3rd Party (Commercial)

EE Version Support

  • ExpressionEngine 2
  • ExpressionEngine 3
  • ExpressionEngine 4
  • ExpressionEngine 5


If an item is crossed out, it might be untested, not applicable or incompatible. Contact the developer to be sure.

  • Updater
  • Multi Site Manager
  • Stand Alone Entry Form
  • Low Variables
  • Content Elements
  • Better Workflow
  • Matrix
  • Grid
  • Webservice
  • Publisher


  • jQuery for the Control Panel

Add-On Type(s)



Link Vault allows you to protect your local and remote download links, track all downloads, track and block leech attempts and disguise any other link URLs you'd like to protect. You can run download reports from the control panel. There are also hooks available so you can extend Link Vault's functionality. Use in combination with Link Vault Zipper extension to zip multiple files on the fly.

March 2023: This add-on is no longer sold for ExpressionEngine.

With Link Vault, there is no need to create a link in the control panel…ever.  And with virtually unlimited creation of custom fields, you can get creative and track all sorts of interesting things with each download.

Need to zip a bunch of files together? Use Link Vault in conjunction with Link Vault Zipper, the free companion extension that allows you to zip together multiple files on the fly.


Version 1.2.0 introduced reports in the control panel allowing you to see what members download which files. You can save these reports for easy reference.

Download Link Examples

The following two examples demonstrate how to create a download link and a download URL, respectively.  In this case, is associated with entry ID “1928”.  Your download files don’t need to be associated with a channel. (The encrypted file information is abbreviated for these examples)

Regular Link

{exp:link_vault:download_link entry_id='1928' 
    text='Download Now!'
    expires_text='This download is no longer available'}

<a href=''>Download Now!</a>

URL Only

{exp:link_vault:download_link entry_id='1928' 


Action Only

{exp:link_vault:download_link entry_id='1928' 


As an alternative to creating a download link, Link Vault can also generate download buttons which create forms containing hidden elements on the page.

Download Button Examples

The following example creates a form with a number of hidden elements and a visible download button.  Using the file_name parameter as opposed to the file_path parameter lets Link Vault know that the file can be found in the default download files directory that is set from the module’s control panel.

{exp:link_vault:download_button entry_id='874' 
    text='Download my Photos'}

Link Vault not only stores download statistics, it contains a “download_count” tag to help you query the downloads table and construct reports.

Reporting Examples

The following example would return the number of times the user with the screen name “Tommy J” downloaded the file associated with entry ID “3849” between the first and last day of March.  The cf:screen_name parameter in this example is a custom field created by the developer.

{exp:link_vault:download_count entry_id='3849' 
    cf:screen_name='Tommy J' 


Encrypt a URL Example

The following example would create an encrypted link to a specified URL. If you have link click logging enabled, you can track the number of times a particular link is clicked.

{exp:link_vault:url url=''}


Link Vault Links

This entry was created April 18, 2012, 10:51 am.
This entry was last updated March 21, 2023, 2:00 pm.

Disclaimer: Information about ExpressionEngine add-ons is provided as a service to you, the user, and every member of the ExpressionEngine community. devot:ee is not responsible if you hose, mangle, wreck, or otherwise destroy your EE website by installing an add-on that you found out about at this site, regardless of its rating, Favorites status, commercial or free status, or general popularity. Caveat EEmptor!

Returns: devot:ee has a 30-day return policy on all commercial add-ons sold through If you need to return an add-on, do not go to the developer or the developer's site, but rather visit our returns page at to initiate your return. If you have questions, email

2 Reviews:

o4 06.25.13

Rating - {addon_rating_average}

Link vault is very easy to use and has tons of features. Combined with link vault zipper it can do about anything you can imagine with file downloads. Impressed!

Sergio Acosta 03.31.13

Sergio Acosta
Rating - {addon_rating_average}

Generating force downloads of files using ExpressionEngine tags is hard. I spent endless hours trying to find the best solution and I found it with this add-on. Link Vault is a well-documented and fine piece of software. It really works.