Convert image

Convert image 3.9

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Compatible XF 2.x versions
  1. 2.0
  2. 2.1
  3. 2.2
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Converts hot linked images to attachments.

The Convert image add-on will convert hot linked images in messages to attachments. Hot linked images are those images that have been inserted using the Image icon in the editor toolbar.

This add-on runs automatically every time a new post is created or a post is edited.

(Example of hot linked image)


(Example of attachment)


(Example of Maximum attachment image dimensions selection)


(Example of Options page)


  • Hot linked images are immediately converted to attachments after message is saved.
  • Images greater than maximum width and height settings in Admin Control Panel will be resized.
  • Allows inserting full-size or thumbnail attachments.
Maximum attachment image dimensions selection:

Although the screenshot above says you can use 0 or blank, this add-on requires you to use a positive value for the Maximum attachment image dimensions settings. I suggest using 2500 x 2500.

Admin control panel -> Setup -> Options -> Attachments -> Maximum attachment image dimensions

Question and Answers:

Q: Are attachments reused, meaning if the same attachment is located in several posts does each one use up disk space?
A: Each attachment is saved separately, however this is not a problem these days as disk space is so inexpensive.

Q: Does this add-on convert hot linked images in other areas besides posts?
A: No.

Q: Does Convert image add-on support $config['http']['proxy'] to hide my IP address?
A: Yes.
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Latest updates

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    Convert image v3.9 changes: Code now only runs if post message is new or edited.
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    Convert image v3.8 changes: Improved corrupt image error handling.
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    Convert image v3.7 changes: Improved corrupt image error handling.

Latest reviews

Excellent addon that takes hot-linked images from hosting sites, and converts them to attachments on your forum.

The best part is that you no longer need to worry about the links going dead, because you now own the image!

I've been using it for about 6 months, and works great.