Import CDN-Remote Images


By default, adding an image to the WordPress media library requires you to import or upload the image to the WordPress site, which means there must be a copy of the image file stored in the site. This plugin enables you to add an image stored in an external site to the media library by just reading list of remote images using CDN service’s (Cloudinary) API. In this way you can host the images in a dedicated server other than the WordPress site, and still be able to show them by various gallery plugins which only take images from the media library.

The plugin provides a dedicated ‘Media’ -> ‘Import images’ submenu page.

Supported CDN services:
* Cloudinary
(others coming soon)

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  • Settings Page – Cloudinary
  • Import Page – Bulk URL
  • Import Page – Cloudinary
  • Sample imported image 1
  • Sample imported image 2


  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/import-cdn-remote-images directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress.


After installation you can use the plugin to add external media without import:

  1. Go to setting page of plugin and save required CDN service parameters such as Cloud name, API key, API secret.
  2. Click the ‘Media’ -> ‘Import images’ submenu in the side bar.
  3. Click ‘Update’ button and automatically fill in the URLs of the images you want to add.
  4. Click the ‘Add’ button, the remote images will be added.


April 7, 2024 1 reply
It worked well and i love it. But… it fletched all image in cloudinary library. How can i only get from a specific folder?
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Version 2.01

  • Bumped up “Tested up to: 5.9”

Version 2.00

  • Added: Bulk custom URL import
  • Improved: User interface
  • Fixed: Not showing submenu link for WooCommerce Shop Manager users

Version 1.0.0

  • Initial version released