How to share a Dropbox file or folder

This article explains how to share files and folders with Dropbox. When you share a file or folder, the recipient receives an email with a link to the file or folder.

Note: The recipient must have a Dropbox account and sign in to that account to view or edit the file or folder that was shared with them. If you want to give view-only access to someone who doesn’t have a Dropbox account, or doesn’t want to sign in to view it, you can share with a link instead

You can control whether people can edit, comment, or only view your files and folders, when you share them, and after you share them. Edits or comments that are made to a file or folder are updated live for everyone who they’ve been shared with.

Note: Users with individual Dropbox accounts need to explicitly add folders that you share with them to their Dropbox account. If you are a member of a Dropbox Business team, any personal folders that you share with other teammates will automatically be added to their Dropbox accounts. 

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Share a file or folder on dropbox.com

To share a file or folder with the Dropbox website:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click All files in the left sidebar.
  3. Hover over the name of the file or folder and click Share
  4. Type the Email, name, or group of the person (or people) you’d like to share with.
  5. Click Share. They’ll receive an email with a link to the file or folder.

Share a file or folder with the Dropbox mobile app

To share a file or folder with the Dropbox mobile app:

  1. Tap Files at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap "" (ellipsis) under the file or folder you’d like to share (iPhone or iPad) or beside the file or folder you’d like to share (Android).
  3. Tap Share.
  4. Type the Email, name, or group of the person (or people) you’d like to share with.
  5. Tap Share. They’ll receive an email with a link to the file or folder.

Share a file or folder with the Dropbox folder on your computer

  1. Open the Dropbox folder on your computer
  2. Right-click the file or folder you’d like to share.
  3. Click Share
  4. Type the Email, name, or group of the person (or people) you’d like to share with.
  5. Click Share. They’ll receive an email with a link to the file or folder.

Share a file or folder with Dropbox in your system tray/menu bar

  1. Open the Dropbox desktop application.
  2. Click the Dropbox icon in your system tray or menu bar.
  3. Locate the file or folder you'd like to share and hover over its name.
  4. Click “” (ellipsis) next to the file or folder.
  5. Click Share….
  6. Type the Email, name, or group of the person (or people) you’d like to share with.
  7. Click Share. They’ll receive an email with a link to the file or folder.

Share a file or folder from the Dropbox desktop app

See how to share a file or folder from the desktop app in this step-by-step video.

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