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How do I force a file or folder to download or render on dropbox.com?

You can make simple modifications to Dropbox links to share files the way you want.

Force a file or folder to download

To cause the browser to download a file or folder rather than display it, you can use dl=1 as a query parameter in your URL. For example:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qmocfrco2t0d28o/Fluffbeast.docx?dl=1

Note that the original shared link URL may contain query string parameters already (e.g. dl=0). App developers should make sure to properly parse the URL and add or modify parameters as needed.

Render a file in your browser

Some browsers aren't configured to correctly preview files in your browser. For these files, you can tell your browser to download the file instead of attempt to open it. To bypass the preview page and allow your browser to directly render your files, use raw=1 as a query parameter in your URL.

Adding raw=1 to a URL will cause an HTTP redirect. If you're an app developer using such a URL in your own code, please make sure your app can follow redirects.