How do I share folders with other people?

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Dropbox offers easy ways to share files or folders. Shared folders are ideal for groups of people who work on the same files together. When you create a shared folder and add other people to it, its files will appear in their Dropbox just as they do in yours. Any member of the folder can add, delete, or edit files within that folder.

On the Dropbox website Share a folder from the Dropbox website

  1. Sign in to the Dropbox website.
  2. Go to your list of files and folders and select the folder you want to share by clicking on the empty space to the right of the folder's name. (Clicking on the folder name or icon will open the folder instead.)
  3. If the folder is currently unshared, click Invite to folder in the toolbar:
    Click Invite to folder to share a folder the first time

    If the folder is already being shared, click Shared folder options:
    Click Shared folder options to invite more people

  4. Enter the email addresses of the people you want to invite.
  5. Add a personal message if you'd like and click Share folder.

You can also invite people to folders from the Sharing page. To create a new shared folder, click the New shared folder button at the top of the page. To invite more people to an existing shared folder, find it in the list and click its Options link.

Windows Share a folder on Windows

You can share a folder right from your computer if you've installed the Dropbox desktop application.

  1. Open your Dropbox folder.
  2. Right-click on the folder you want to share to bring up a menu.
  3. Select Dropbox > Share This Folder.... This will open the Sharing page on the Dropbox website.
    Share this folder option Select Share This Folder... from the contextual menu
  4. Enter the email addresses of the people you want to invite.
  5. Add a personal message if you'd like and click Share folder.

Once someone accepts your invitation, the folder will appear in the person's Dropbox account.

For our advanced users

  • You can't share a folder inside another shared folder. If you try to do this from your computer, the application will automatically send you to the sharing options of the top-level shared folder.
  • Only the owner of a shared folder can kick people out.
  • If two people both open and edit a file in a shared folder at the same time, Dropbox will save both of their changes, but in separate files. It does not try to automatically combine or merge changes. Read our article on conflicted copies to learn more about how this works.

Dropbox for Business users

See a video tutorial on how you can use shared folders to collaborate within your team.


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Important note on copyrighted material

You should only use shared folders and public folders for files that you have the legal right to share with others (for example, documents, software, music, and videos that you personally created). You do not have the right to share files unless you own the copyright in them or have been given permission by the copyright owner to share them. Purchasing or legally acquiring video, music, or software does not give you the right to share that material with third parties over the Internet.

If you have any doubts about whether you have the legal right to share certain files, you should not share them. By using the shared folder or public folder features you represent that files placed in those folders do not violate Dropbox’s Terms of Service and that you own all copyrights to them or have been given permission by the copyright owner to share them. Dropbox has adopted a policy of terminating the accounts of users who repeatedly infringe copyright or whose accounts are subject to multiple infringement allegations. If you repeatedly place files in shared folders or public folders that infringe others’ copyrights, your account will be terminated.

For more information on Dropbox’s copyright policy, please visit Dropbox’s DMCA page.

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