Share a file or folder

There are two ways to share the files or folders in your Dropbox with others. If instead you'd like to collect files from people, read more about the file requests feature.

Share a link to files and folders

Make a link to files or folders in your Dropbox and quickly share your photos, docs, presentations, and videos with friends and colleagues—even if they don't have Dropbox. Friends and family who use the link can preview the files and folders through their browser.

Dropbox Professional users: You can control who has access to your shared links and for how long by setting passwords and expirations.

Dropbox Business or team users: You can create groups to share with specific team members. Dropbox Business users can also control who has access to shared links and for how long by setting passwords and expirations.

How do I link to a file or folder?

Shared folders

Share a folder in your Dropbox with others so that you can collaborate on the same files and folders. Changes to the contents of a shared folder are synced with other members almost instantly. It's a great solution to working together on large projects, sharing important family photos or documents, and any other collaborative effort.

Dropbox Plus, Professional, and Business users: You can prevent others from adding, editing, or deleting files in your shared folder by setting view-only permissions.

How do I create a shared folder?

How shared folders look on your operating system


Windows shared folder


Mac shared folder


Linux shared folder
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