How to Batch Download Files with Wufoo

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How to Batch Download Files with Wufoo

By Jen Bjers

Hey, everyone! We’re back with another installment of Wufoo Tips and Tricks.

This week we’ll show you how to batch download files uploaded to entries in your Wufoo Entry Manager. Since we don’t have a built-in bulk downloading utility, we’ll be using a nifty Firefox Add-on called DownThemAll!

For any Wufoo newbies, we offer a Fancy Pants file upload field on all of our paid plans for your entry’s to upload files to. This is beneficial for all sorts of projects. For example, if you’re planning to collect images for a photo contest or accepting resumes for job applications.

You’ll need two things to get started:

1) The Firefox Add-on DownThemAll! You can either download it from the Firefox Add-on page or directly from the DownThemAll! site

DownThemAll

2) A Unicorn…because Unicorns just make everything better.

Unicorns Make it Better

Next, you’ll need to export your entires from Wufoo to Excel:

  • Login to Wufoo
    Click on the Entries button in the form management options
    Click on the Bulk Actions link at the top of your entries list

Entry Manager

  • Select Export from the right side bar menu
    Select XLS format

Moving right along! Once you’ve exported the spreadsheet, open it and delete all columns that don’t contain links to files.

Export spreadsheet

After you’ve cleaned that spreadsheet up, deleting the unnecessary data, proceed to the File menu and select SAVE AS – select Web Page as the format.

We’re almost there. Now, locate your new Web Page formatted file and right-click on it. Select Open With > Firefox. The file should open in a page in the browser and will display the file links.

Now for the grand finale…Click on the Tools menu in Firefox and select DownThemAll!, confirm the folder they should be downloaded to, then click Start!

Last Step

The files will then be downloaded to the specified folder and you’re done. Finito!