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Easy Digital Downloads Free Link

replace EDD add-to-cart button with download link when product is free

Replace the add-to-cart button in Easy Digital Downloads with a direct link to the download file when the product is free and has only one file. This only works when the file is an external link to a web-accessible file.

For archive pages on the Shop Front theme, the cart icon is replaced with a download icon and direct download link.

Want to see it in action? Check out the WebAware shop -- it's running this plugin.


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Author WebAware
Contributors webaware
Tags digital downloads, download, downloads, easy digital downloads, edd
  1. easy-digital-downloads-free-link screenshot 1

    Download button on a free download

  2. easy-digital-downloads-free-link screenshot 2

    Download icon on Shop Front theme home page

  1. Either install automatically through the WordPress admin, or download the .zip file, unzip to a folder, and upload the folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory. Read Installing Plugins in the WordPress Codex for details.
  2. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress.

The full changelog can be found on GitHub. Recent entries:

1.0.5, 2016-11-18

  • fixed: accessibility of download icon on free Shopfront theme and derivatives


Because I wanted to add my free plugins to an Easy Digital Downloads shop, without making it harder to download them from the shop than from plugin pages.

Are downloads logged in Easy Digital Downloads?

No. Downloads are direct from the site hosting the linked file.

Can I change the download link label?

Yes, see Downloads > Settings > Extensions. There's also a filter hook, edd_free_link_label, if you want finer control over the link label.

Can I change the download link HTML?

Yes, there are templates. Look in the templates folder of the plugin. There's also a filter hook, edd_free_link_template, if you want finer control over which template is used.

Version 1.0.5

Requires WordPress version: 3.7 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.7.2

Last Updated 18 Nov 2016

Date Added: 27 May 2014

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