CKEditor 4 Documentation

Advanced File Manager Configuration

CKEditor can be easily integrated with an external file manager (file browser/uploader) thanks to the File Browser plugin which by default is included in every preset.

As mentioned in the introductory File Manager Integration article, CKEditor can not only be integrated with an external application providing file browser and uploader capabilities, but the extent of this integration can be fine-tuned to your needs.

This article describes a few options available to adjust the file manager integration to your usage scenario.

Please note that the names of the file browser and uploader scripts used in this guide are just an example and should be replaced with your custom scripts or the scripts coming from an external tool, like CKFinder or a third-party file manager.

Adding File Manager Scripts for Selected Dialog Windows

It is possible to set a separate URL for a selected dialog window (like Image or Link) by using the dialog window name in the file manager settings: config.filebrowser[dialogWindowName]BrowseUrl and config.filebrowser[dialogWindowName]UploadUrl.

For example to set special browse and upload URLs for the Image Properties dialog window, use the config.filebrowserImageBrowseUrl and config.filebrowserImageUploadUrl properties, respectively:

CKEDITOR.replace( 'editor1', {
    filebrowserBrowseUrl: '/browser/browse.php',
    filebrowserImageBrowseUrl: '/browser/browse.php?type=Images',
    filebrowserUploadUrl: '/uploader/upload.php',
    filebrowserImageUploadUrl: '/uploader/upload.php?type=Images'

In the example above, the config.filebrowserBrowseUrl and config.filebrowserUploadUrl settings will be used by default. In the Image Properties dialog window CKEditor will use the config.filebrowserImageBrowseUrl and config.filebrowserImageUploadUrl settings instead.

File Manager Window Size

The default width of the file manager window in CKEditor is set to 80% of the screen width, while the default height is set to 70% of the screen height.

If for any reasons the default values are not suitable for you, you can adjust them by using config.filebrowserWindowWidth to change the width and config.filebrowserWindowHeight to change the height of the file manager window.

To specify the size of the file manager window in pixels, set it to a number (e.g. "800"). If you prefer to set the height and width of the window as a percentage value of the screen, do not forget to add the percent sign after the number (e.g. "60%").

The sample below shows some basic configuration code that can be used to insert a CKEditor instance with the file manager paths and window size configured.

CKEDITOR.replace( 'editor1', {
    filebrowserBrowseUrl: '/browser/browse.php',
    filebrowserUploadUrl: '/uploader/upload.php',
    filebrowserWindowWidth: '640',
    filebrowserWindowHeight: '480'

Further Reading

For more information on integrating CKEditor with a file manager refer to the following articles: