How to install TubePress as a WordPress plugin.
This article is part of a series on getting started using TubePress as a WordPress plugin.
This article applies to TubePress when used in WordPress. Standalone PHP users should refer to this article instead.

TubePress can be installed just like any other WordPress plugin, though since we don’t distribute through the plugin repository, you’ll have to install the plugin manually. Thankfully this is easy and WordPress provides excellent documentation on how to manually install plugins. Basically, the steps are:

  1. Download TubePress as a zip file to your local machine.
  2. Unzip the file.
  3. With your FTP program, upload the unzipped folder to the wp-content/plugins folder in your WordPress directory on your web server.
  4. Go to WP Admin > Plugins and find TubePress in your plugin list.
  5. Click Activate Plugin to activate it.

Alternative Installation Method

If you would rather not use FTP to upload TubePress, you may attempt to install the plugin directly from within the WordPress administration panel. This method may also be faster than using FTP.


This installation method may "timeout" on slower web servers, and for that reason we officially only recommend the FTP installation method.

  1. Download TubePress as a zip file to your local machine.
  2. From your WordPress admin dashboard, click the link at Plugins > Add New

    Add new plugin link
  3. At the top of the page, click the "Upload Plugin" link.

    Upload plugin link
  4. Select the zip file that you downloaded in step 1, then click the "Install Now" button.

    Install plugin button
  5. If the installation succeeds, you'll see the following screen. Click the Activate Plugin link.

    Activate plugin link

Optional Installations


This section only applies to TubePress Pro users. If you are using the free trial version, you can safely skip the rest of this page and proceed to initial setup

Due to licensing restrictions, TubePress Pro does not ship with every library that the free trial plugin includes. However it’s very easy to install these optional libraries manually. This section provides installation instructions.

JW Player (version 5.x)

TubePress can use JW Player 5.10 to play YouTube videos. We are working to integrate JW Player 7.x, but this feature is not yet ready for production.

  1. Download the file player.swf from here.
  2. Upload the file to your TubePress Pro installation at

    wp-content/tubepress-content/vendor/jwplayer/v5/player.swf. You may need to create the vendor directory and its subdirectories.


  1. Download Shadowbox.js from here.
  2. The download will save to a file named Unzip this file, and it will expand into a directory named shadowbox-3.0.3.
  3. Copy the contents of this directory (not the directory itself) to your TubePress Pro installation at wp-content/tubepress-content/vendor/shadowboxjs/v3/. You may need to create the vendor directory and its subdirectories.
  4. Optional. You may see scrollbars in the Shadowbox.js display. To fix this, simply edit shadowbox.css. On line 8, remove the overflow:auto attribute. i.e. change it from


Last Updated Feb 16, 2016 11:50PM PST
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