Back to top anchor

Adding files using the media browser

Changes to the media management from May 2020!

From May 2020, the new media library replaces the Sector media browsers for images, files and videos, and Sector sites first launched after May 2020 will take advantage of the new, easy to use, and customisable interface. Not sure if that's you? Have a quick look at the WYSIWYG toolbar - three media buttons old, one button new! Find out what changed in Working with the new media library. 


User role
Content Editor Content Administrator
Content editing
Content editing Media management
Sector Starter kit

The media browser is used for selecting and uploading images, videos, and documents to use in your content. It can be accessed via the WYSIWYG editor, and in fields used for selecting files (like teaser images).

This guide explains how to select files using the media browser. The examples given are for selecting an image - however, the steps are similar for other types of media.

In this guide

Open the media browser

In a node edit form, you can access the media browser by:

Select an existing file from the library

Screenshot of media browser library with numbered highlights

Screenshot - Selecting an existing image in the media browser library

Browse the library ( 1 ) of images that have already been uploaded to your site.

Click the image you want to insert, and then the 'Select images' button ( 2 ).

Upload a new file

Screenshot of upload tab in media browser (with numbered highlights)

Screenshot - Uploading a new image in the media browser

In the upload tab ( 1 ), you can choose the file to upload ( 2 ) and fill in information about the image. 

If you want the image to be visible to public users of your site, check the 'Published' box ( 3 ) before you save the image ( 4 ).

Videos need to be uploaded externally

Sector takes advantages of free video hosting platforms and their video optimisation tools. Before you add videos to the media browser, you need to upload your video to an external site (Sector currently supports YouTube and Vimeo) then use the URL of the video to link it to your media management.

Having issues with media files on your site?

Last updated

Sector 9 is out!

With Drupal 9 released, we have published our Sector 9 roadmap as well as completed the first release for Sector 9.

Need Help?

Sector is brought to you by Sparks Interactive - supporting Sector from Wellington and Auckland

Open Source award winner!

Sparks Interactive are delighted to accept the Open Source Use in Business award for Sector and the open source platform.

Subscribe for Sector updates