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, folder, or Dropbox Space, 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, folder, or Space 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, folder, or Space on dropbox.com, and can view or download the content. They don’t need to have a Dropbox account to view and download, but they’ll need an account to see the overview and use the features of a Dropbox Space.

Share view-only

How to: Share a file, folder, or Dropbox Space 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 any other communication channel.

dropbox.com

To share with an email invitation:

1. Sign in to dropbox.com.

2. Click My Files in the left column.

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 My Files in the left column.

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 any other communication channel.

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 any other communication channel.

The mobile app

1. Navigate to the file, folder, or Space 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, folders, or Spaces 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.