File Storages

File Storages have a few properties which deserve more explanations.

The Access tab of a File Storage

Special properties in the Access tab of a File Storage

Is browsable?
If this box is not checked, the Storage will not be browsable by users via the FILE > Filelist module, not via the link browser window.
Is publicly available?

When this box is unchecked, the “publicUrl” property of files is replaced by an eID call pointing to a file dumping script provided by the TYPO3 CMS Core. The public URL looks something like index.php?eID=dumpFile&t=f&f=1230&token=135b17c52f5e718b7cc94e44186eb432e0cc6d2f. Behind the scene, class \TYPO3\CMS\Core\Controller\FileDumpController is invoked to manage the download. The class itself does not implement any access check, but provides a hook for doing so.


This does not magically protect your files if they are within your web root (e.g. below the fileadmin folder). They will still be available to anyone who knows the path to the file. To implement a strict access restriction the Storage must point to some path outside the web root or the folder it points to must contain web server restrictions to block direct access to the files it contains (for example, in an Apache .htaccess file).

Is writable?
This property simply enables to make any Storage read-only.
Is online?

A Storage which is not online cannot be accessed in any way. This flag will generally not be set voluntarily. It will be set automatically when someone tries to access files in that Storage but the underlying Driver detects that the files are not accessible (for whatever reason particular to that Driver, but generally because some third-party storage service is not available at the time).

The important thing to note is that a Storage must be turned online again manually.