Upload and link to files inside rich text editors

Many of our clients have files (PDFs, Word documents, etc.) that they want to upload and link to inside the body of a rich text editor just like they do with images. Using separate file upload forms doesn't cut it when the number of files that may be needed is unknown.

The lack of this feature is a big reason we can't recommend Webflow to many of our clients. Can this be added?

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  • Nov 2 2018
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  • Lomaro Caldwell commented
    29 May, 2023 02:47pm

    Any progress in this function? This is basic and essential

  • Paul Coertjens commented
    15 May, 2023 07:42am

    I just now realized that this is not possible. However essential

  • Seth Reese commented
    9 Mar, 2023 05:33pm

    This is such a basic and vital function for clients. It's stupid and cumbersome for them to email me a file every time they want to make a simple change. This isn't a problem in Wordpress sites. You need to make this work.

  • Paul Irwin commented
    16 Feb, 2023 03:44pm

    Just realising this can't be done in Webflow. I'm going to be having a horrible conversation with the client trying to explain why this basic functionality of a CMS is missing. Please can this be addressed. Thanks!

  • Uwe Thomaschky commented
    19 Jan, 2023 09:56am

    This is also a problem for us. It would be nice if this could be solved in a timely manner.

  • Peter Laundy commented
    20 Nov, 2022 02:42am

    Would be very useful to our Guest Editors. Seems a no-brainer feature.

  • Farewell Media commented
    29 Jun, 2022 04:36pm

    Any movement on this yet?

  • Marathon Studio commented
    22 Dec, 2021 09:19am

    Any progress in this function? .(

  • Peter Van Laer commented
    21 May, 2021 12:18pm

    We currently have a collection with a file upload field but this is confusing because the slug's for uploaded files show up in the link selector of the editor but don't link to the actual file since the slug does not have page because it's merely created when a file is uploaded. We need a dedicated assets collection in the editor so that can users can upload files from the editor and link to them from eg. richt text links in the editor. Currently we have to tell clients to copy the direct link for the asset and past it as an external link in the editor. This works but it's a very cumbersome process.

  • Richard Hogan commented
    27 Apr, 2021 04:30pm

    Yep. This is a much needed feature. Please add this sooner than later.

  • Josh Brown commented
    8 Jan, 2021 03:14am

    Man. I agree with all these comments. I'm using webflow long enough to discover all these small petty issues. Why can we not link to PDFs using the rich text element OR the Editor? I don't understand.

  • Jonny Growfox commented
    14 Dec, 2020 03:56pm

    Any updates on this?

  • DMC Studio commented
    26 Oct, 2020 12:34am

    Agreed with other comments .. this is urgently needed!!

  • Katja Perez commented
    28 Sep, 2020 09:08am

    This is urgently needed. Webflow, please add this function!

  • Hamish Maclean commented
    28 May, 2020 01:57am

    This is a really nasty client usability issue. It goes hand in hand with the fact there is no editor asset manager for clients. Site editors need easy content management.

  • Jiri Sostok commented
    19 May, 2020 03:42pm

    there is already a link option to a page, why not to add a link to a file? This is really something I would like to see. Thanks in advance.

  • Stephan Nabbe commented
    20 Feb, 2020 08:47am

    Hi Webflow,

    Can we please have a status update on this topic.

    I have 3 websites on Webflow for one client, and still some old sites to convert for this client. But the editors are getting more and more reluctant to change the other sites also to webflow because of this weird omission in the webflow editor.

    Is this topic still worked on, or not important enough for webflow in the near future? In any case I would really want to know, so I can honestly advise this client how to proceed.


  • Stephan Nabbe commented
    15 Jan, 2020 07:42am

    Dear Webflow,

    Can you please give us a status update on this issue: will this be possible in the near future or is this not considered a big issue? My clients are complaining a lot about this, it means they still have to come back to me for adding and replacing pdf and other files on their sites. And it's simply not workable to have to cut the rich text blocks in parts and add text link blocks inbetween every time.

  • PS Werbung commented
    7 May, 2019 05:26am

    Very basic for a real «classic cms competitor» which webflow want's to be!

  • Graham Barr commented
    1 May, 2019 07:29am

    This seems such as basic feature. Why have it in normal text links but not in a RTE? C'mon Webflow I cannot believe this is nothing more than an oversight?

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