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CKFinder 3.0 for PHP Released

We are happy to announce that CKFinder 3.0 for PHP was released today. This represents a huge milestone in the development of CKFinder, the powerful and easy to use file manager for the Web, that comes as a complete rewrite of the entire application, with new features such as full responsiveness, cloud storage support, jQuery Mobile based customizable skin system, built-in image editor and many more. Read on to see what the new CKFinder has to offer!

New Architecture

CKFinder is built on top of well-known libraries such as jQuery, jQuery Mobile, Backbone, Marionette, and RequireJS, allowing you to get familiar with it quickly.

Mobile Support

CKFinder 3.0 is fully responsive and works great on all sort of devices, including smartphones and tablets. Its toolbar and menus are contextual and the application is able to detect the environment where it is used, providing intuitive navigation on touch devices.

CKFinder 3 on mobile CKFinder image editing on mobile


Customizable Skins

CKFinder 3.0 comes with two built-in skins available, Moono (that matches the default CKEditor 4 Moono skin) and jQuery Mobile. CKFinder UI is based on jQuery Mobile so its look and feel can be easily changed using jQuery Mobile Theme Roller. Adjusting CKFinder to your website or application has never been easier - check the documentation for more details!

CKFinder 3 jQuery Mobile dark skin

Cloud Storage Support

With CKFinder 3.0 you can now access your files in the cloud thanks to Amazon S3 and Dropbox connectors. What is more, it is also possible to access your remote servers with the FTP connector. Local file system installed on your own server is supported, too.

Built-In Image Editor

You can now perform some image editing operations directly in CKFinder, without a need to resort to additional tools. Functions such as cropping, resizing, rotating, adjusting brightness, contrast, saturation, exposure, sharpness are now easily available. You can even use some fancy filter presets to achieve different effects!

CKFinder 3 image editing


CKFinder 3.0 has modular build and can be easily extended with custom plugins. Refer to the documentation to create your own JavaScript and PHP plugins and implement new CKFinder features.

Multiple Localizations

CKFinder can automatically detect the user language and localize the interface accordingly. LTR and RTL languages are supported, too!

The CKFinder localization process goes through a dedicated GitHub repository, so if you would like to help us translate CKFinder into your native language (and get a free license, too!), it will be most appreciated.

At the same time, we would like to thank all the contributors for providing the existing translations - your help with this is really invaluable!

Documentation and Demos

CKFinder 3.0 for PHP comes with extensive documentation available. Check out the following resources that should get you up to speed with the latest release:


See the What’s New page for a list of changes.


Download CKFinder 3.0 for PHP now!

Reporting Issues and Feature Requests

If you miss anything in CKFinder, have ideas on how CKFinder could be improved, or found a bug, please do not hesitate to report an issue in the CKFinder issue tracker. The tracker is public, so not only can you submit your ideas, but you can also browse existing issues and add your comments there.

What's Next?

Alongside further development of the PHP version, the team has now started working on the ASP.NET and Java server-side connectors - all customers who purchase a license after June 2015 will get a free upgrade to CKFinder 3.
The classic ASP/ColdFusion distributions of CKFinder will not be upgraded to version 3, however will still receive patches (including security fixes) until 2019.


Community support is available through Stack Overflow. Visit the support page for additional options.

Feedback Needed!

We are really enthusiastic about this new, major CKFinder version and its numerous new features. We will be happy to hear from you and thankful for any suggestions that will help us improve these features and tailor them to your expectations.

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