Can I set file permissions for members of my shared folders?

You can give members of your shared folders one of two different sets of permissions:

  • Can edit: Any member you give this permission to can add, edit, or delete files in that folder
  • Can view: Any member you give this permission to can view the files in that folder, but nothing else

If you'd like to share a file or folder for people to view or download only, you can also send a link to that folder.

Not using Dropbox yet? See how Dropbox makes managing file permissions easy.

Setting file permissions on your computer

If you've used your computer's file manager to make a file read-only, please note that some permissions settings are incompatible between operating systems. For example, a file with read-only access on your Windows computer may not be protected on a Mac. Dropbox doesn't change a file's permissions when syncing, but we can't guarantee the permissions you set in one operating system will work properly when opened in another operating system.

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