Shared vs. private folders

By default, anything you store in your Dropbox account is private—only you can access it. However, you can use shared folders to collaborate with others on the stuff in your Dropbox account. Only people you invite can access your shared folders.

Private folders

Private folders work just like any other folder on your hard drive. Move, copy, and rename the folders and its contents just like you would any other folder. As long as the folder is in the Dropbox folder, and Dropbox is running, everything in it will be synced online and to your other computers.

Private folders can't be accessed publicly. Everything in these folders is as secure as any other file on your hard drive and accessible via dropbox.com only if you're logged in. Private folders can become shared folders, and you can share files in a private folder using shared links.

Shared folders

Las carpetas compartidas y su contenido están disponibles solamente para las personas que invitas. Puedes convertir cualquier carpeta normal en una carpeta compartida, o bien puedes aceptar la invitación de otra persona para unirte a su carpeta compartida. Cuando compartes una carpeta, se te solicita que ingreses la dirección de correo electrónico de las personas con quienes quieres compartir la carpeta. Cuando los destinatarios aceptan tu invitación, la carpeta compartida se muestra en su cuenta de Dropbox al igual que se muestra en la tuya. Cualquier cambio que se implemente en la carpeta compartida se sincroniza en el Dropbox de las personas que se unieron a ella. Es una excelente forma de colaborar en un proyecto y compartir archivos con otras personas.

You can prevent other members of your shared folders from adding, editing, or deleting files by setting view-only permissions.

Windows and Mac only

Use the Dropbox badge to see if your file is in a shared folder. Clicking on the Dropbox badge opens a pop-out window where you can see the number of people sharing the file with you.

Click on Shared Folder Settings in the Badge to go to dropbox.com. On dropbox.com, you can view the names of those you share the folder and file with.

Shared links

Unlike shared folders, linked files and folders are read-only, meaning users can view and download them, but can't change their contents.

Shared links are unique to your account, and while it's highly unlikely that people could ever guess the link, the links themselves are transferable and could be viewed and downloaded by anyone with or without a Dropbox account.

Los vínculos a las carpetas permiten tener acceso externo a la carpeta y a su contenido, y también a las subcarpetas y a los archivos incluidos en ellas.

On dropbox.com, you can easily see which files and folders you've shared a link to in the past: a link icon will appear under the Shared with column.

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

Select your operating system for more information:

Linux

Cómo distinguir las carpetas de Dropbox en Linux

Private folder

Private folder

Shared folder

Shared folder

Shared link

Shared link

Mac

How to tell Dropbox folders apart on Mac

Private folder

Private folder

Shared folder

Shared folder

Shared link

Shared link

Windows

Cómo distinguir las carpetas de Dropbox en Windows

Private folder

Private folder

Shared folder

Shared folder

Shared link

Shared link

Acceso mediante aplicaciones de terceros

Some third party apps with Dropbox integration will ask for permission to access your Dropbox account. To grant access, you'll need to log in to your Dropbox account and explicitly click the Authorize button when prompted. You can visit the Apps linked section of your account settings to review the apps you've granted permission to and revoke access at your discretion.

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