How to share a link to a Dropbox file or folder

Updated Feb 12, 2024
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The information in this article applies to all Dropbox users, unless otherwise stated.

You can create a link to a file or folder in your Dropbox account to share it with others. When you share a file or folder via link, you can choose to give people with that link edit or view-only access.
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Note: You can't create a shared link to a restricted folder.

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How to create and share a Dropbox link with edit access

If you’re on a Dropbox Basic, Professional, or Plus account, you can give other Dropbox users edit access to your Dropbox files or folders via link. If you share with someone without a Dropbox account, they’ll only be able to preview the file or folder.

How to create and share a Dropbox link with edit access

If you’re on a Dropbox Basic, Professional, or Plus account, you can give other Dropbox users edit access to your Dropbox files or folders via link. If you share with someone without a Dropbox account, they’ll only be able to preview the file or folder.

Dropbox is moving to an updated shared link architecture where links are based on content rather than on users. This will affect how links are created and shared. The new links can be identified by the presence of an ‘rlkey’ parameter in the URL. For these links, the above behavior will perform differently:

  • Users with edit access can create both edit or view-only links if links have not been created already.
  • If you share a file or folder with an external partner using a link, they can share it with other external parties with the same link. They can’t create their own shared link since each file or folder can only have one edit link and one view-only link.
  • If you create a shared link with edit access, anyone who accesses that file or folder via that link can add that content to their Dropbox account, making them members of that content with edit access.

  1. Log in to dropbox.com.
  2. Hover over the file or folder you’d like to share and click the share icon (rectangle with an up arrow).
  3. From the dropdown, select can edit.
    • If a link hasn't been created, click Create.
    • If a link has been created, then click Copy link.
       
  4. The link is copied to your clipboard. You can then paste it into an email, message, or wherever people can access it.
  1. Open the Dropbox folder in File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac).
  2. Right-click the file or folder you’d like to share.
  3. Select Share… next to the Dropbox icon.
  4. Click the gear icon in the top right.
  5. Click the Link for editing tab. 
    • If a link hasn't been created, click Create.
    • If a link has been created, then click Copy link.
       
  6. The link is copied to your clipboard. You can then paste it into an email, message, or wherever people can access it.
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Notes:

  • If you give another Dropbox user access to a file or folder, they can create their own link to share that content with others.
  • If the link recipient is a member of a Dropbox team, their ability to edit content depends on their team’s permissions.

How to create and share a Dropbox link with view-only access

If someone receives a shared link or shared file with view-only permissions, they won't be able to edit the original file.

  1. Log in to dropbox.com.
  2. Hover over the file or folder you’d like to share and click the share icon (rectangle with an up arrow).
  3. From the dropdown, select Can view.
    • If a link hasn't been created, click Create.
    • If a link has been created, then click Copy link.
       
  4. The link is copied to your clipboard. You can then paste it into an email, message, or wherever people can access it.
  1. Open the Dropbox folder in File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac).
  2. Right-click the file or folder you’d like to share.
  3. Click Share… next to the Dropbox icon.
  4. Click the gear icon in the top right.
  5. Click the Link for viewing tab. 
    • If a link hasn't been created, click Create
    • If a link has been created, then click Copy link.
       
  6. The link is copied to your clipboard. You can then paste it into an email, message, or wherever people can access it.
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