The Media Library

Current version: 9.2

You can manage all your media items from the Media Library, such as images that you want to embed in a webpage or make available for download by visitors. The Media Library contains all you media items, such as images, documents, videos, and audio files.

In the Media Library you can:

  • Keep all your media files in one place and organize them in a folder structure similar to the content tree.

  • Navigate the content tree or use Sitecore’s search functionality to quickly find media items.

  • Upload media files to the Media Library.

  • Make every media content item and media file versionable.


To edit your images, you can use Sitecore’s Image Editor.

This topic outlines how to:

Open the Media Library

You can open the Media Library from the following places:

The Launchpad

To go to the Media Library, on the Sitecore Launchpad, click the Media Library icon.

The Content Editor

In the Content Editor, navigate to the Media Library in the content tree. If you want to open the Media Library separately, click Media Library in the page bar at the bottom of the Content Editor.

The Media Library tab in the page bar

The Sitecore Desktop

To open the Media Library, click the Sitecore Start button and then click Media Library.

The Sitecore Desktop Start menu

The Media Library user interface consists of:

The ribbon

In the Media Library, you get the same set of options on the ribbon as you do in the Content Editor, although the Insert group allows you to create new media folders and upload media files.

If you select a media item in the content tree, the Media tab displays in the ribbon. This contains the Media group with the actions that you can perform on the media item.

The Media tab in the Media Library ribbon

The functionality in the ribbon depends on the user rights you have been assigned by the website administrator and the type of media item you have selected.

The content tree

Use the content tree or the search to find media items. Expand folders in the content tree to see all subfolders and media items and collapse the folders again to hide subfolders.

Make sure you store all your media items in folders and give the folders meaningful names. An easy way to organize your Media Library folder structure is to mirror the structure of your website. For example, if your site has four main sections: Home, Products, Jobs, and Contact Us you could create four folders with the same names to store all your images and other media. This will make it easier to locate media items as your site grows and you need to update media items.

The content area

The content area displays the following tabs that you can use when working with a specific media item.

The Search tab

This tab offers an elaborate search functionality that can help you find very specific items among maybe thousands of items in the Media Library. The Media Library opens by default on the Search tab, with a search already run for all items in the Media Library.

The Search tab in the Media Library

The Folder tab

This tab displays the options and media contents for the selected folder in the Media Library.

The Folder tab in the Media Library

The Content tab

This tab displays all the fields that you can edit for the media item that you have selected.

The Content tab in the Media Library

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