Share view-only

If you need someone to be able to see your files but not edit them, you can use Dropbox to share in two ways. You can invite people directly from a file or folder, or create a unique link to send via email or your favorite messaging app.

When you invite someone directly with view-only permissions, the recipient will receive an email with a link to your content. They will have access to the file or folder in their own Dropbox account, but they can’t edit the content. For added security, you can change permissions or make the item private again.

When you share with a view-only link, recipients can see a preview of the file or folder on dropbox.com, and can view or download the content. 

Share view-only

How to: Share a file or folder with view-only permissions

The desktop app

To share with an email invitation:

1. Select the item you’d like to share.
2. Click
Share on the right side of the desktop app window
3. Click
Invite via email.
4. After
To, type the email or name of the person (or people) you’d like to share with.
5. Select
Can view from the dropdown menu on the right.
6. Click
Share. Recipients will then receive an email with a link to the file or folder.

To share with a link:

1. Select the item you’d like to share.
2. Click Share on the right side of the desktop app window
3. Click
Copy link.
4. The link will be copied to your clipboard. You can then paste it to an email, chat, or other message.

dropbox.com

To share with an email invitation:

1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
2. Click All files in the left sidebar.
3. Hover over the item you’d like to share.
4. Click
Share.
5. After
To, type the email or name of the person (or people) you’d like to share with.
6. Select
Can view from the dropdown menu on the right.
7. Click
Share. Recipients will then receive an email with a link to the content you shared.

To share with a link:
1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
2. Click All files in the left sidebar.
3. Hover over the item you’d like to share.
4. Click
Share. (If a link hasn't been created, click Create a link)
5. Click
Link settings to customize who has access or disable downloads.
6. Click
Copy link.
7. The link will be copied to your clipboard. You can then paste it into an email, chat, or other message.

The Dropbox folder on your computer

1. Right-click (or control-click) the file and click Copy Dropbox Link.
2. The link will be copied to your clipboard. You can then paste it to an email, chat, or other message.

The mobile app

1. Navigate to the file or folder you want to share.
2. Tap "" (ellipsis).
3. Tap
Share.
4. Tap
Create a link.
5. If a link was already created for this content, tap
Share next to Anyone with the link can view.
6. Select the way you'd like to share the link from the options.

A Dropbox link never “breaks,” even if you rename or move files or folders in your Dropbox account. If the recipient of a shared link downloads the content to their local computer and then make changes, it won’t be updated on your Dropbox account.

You can set a password or expiration date, and disable downloads for a shared link at any time.