Ways to share Dropbox files and folders: an overview

There are several ways to share the files and folders in your Dropbox account. Before you share, decide if you want people to have editor or viewer access, or if you need to collect files from someone. Then, decide if you’d like to create a link to your file, folder, or request, or send an invitation via email from your Dropbox account.

If you’re a Dropbox Professional or business customer, you can also customize sharing invitations and links with your professional branding.

Note: If you’re sharing with someone who has an individual Dropbox account, they’ll need to explicitly add folders that you share with them to their Dropbox account. If you are a member of a team account, any personal folders that you share with other teammates will automatically be added to their Dropbox account. 

Not using Dropbox yet? See how Dropbox helps you effortlessly share files and folders.

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How do I invite people to edit my files or folders?

If you want the people you share with to be able to edit your files, you can share a folder with them. Changes to the contents inside a shared folder are synced with members of that folder almost instantly. It's a great solution to working together on large projects, sharing important family photos or documents, and any other collaborative effort.

Note: Sharing a file or folder with edit access gives that person the ability to add, edit, download, delete, or share files via shared links.

Learn how to share a folder.

Share a link to edit files or folders

You can also create shared links to give edit access to your files or folders. 

Learn how to share links to edit files or folders.

How do I invite people to view my files or folders?

Depending on your account type, you can invite someone to view your files or folders by sharing a link or setting permissions. If you need someone to be able to see your files, but not edit them, you can send them a view-only link to that file, or you can give them view-only permissions.

Share a link to a file or folder

When you share a view-only link with someone, they can view, download, and share the file or folder on dropbox.com. You can send a link by email, Facebook, Twitter, instant message, social networks, wherever you want. You can share these links with anyone, even if they don't have a Dropbox account.

The link opens as a preview on dropbox.com, and recipients can comment on the file.

Learn how to share a link to a file or folder.

How do I collect files from people?

You can collect files from people by creating a file request. Give the request a name and send the link to anyone you want to collect files from. People submitting files don’t need a Dropbox account.

Learn how to create a file request.

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