How do I share files or folders in Dropbox?

There are several ways to share the files and folders in your Dropbox account. Before you share, you need to decide if you want people to be able to edit your file, only view it, or if you need to collect files from someone.

You can also work with people and share ideas in real-time with Dropbox Paper.

Not using Dropbox yet? See how Dropbox helps you effortlessly share files and folders.

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How do I invite people to edit my files?

If you want the people you share with to be able to edit your files, you can share a folder with them. Changes to the contents inside a shared folder are synced with members of that folder almost instantly. It's a great solution to working together on large projects, sharing important family photos or documents, and any other collaborative effort.

Learn how to share a folder.

How do I invite people to view my files?

If you need someone to be able to see your files, but not edit them, you can send them a link to that file, or you can give them either view-only permissions.

Share a link to a file or folder

When you share a link with someone, they can view the file or folder on dropbox.com. You can send a link by email, Facebook, Twitter, instant message, social networks, wherever you want. You can share these links with anyone, even if they don't have a Dropbox account.

The link opens as a preview on dropbox.com, and recipients can comment on the file.

Learn how to share a link to a file or folder.

Give view-only permissions to a file or folder

When you give someone view-only permissions to a file or folder, they are invited to that file or folder. The recipient has access to the file or folder in their own Dropbox account.

Learn how to give someone view-only permissions to a file or folder.

How do I collect files from people?

You can collect files from people by creating a file request. Give the request a name and send the link to anyone you want to collect files from. People submitting files don’t need a Dropbox account.

Learn how to create a file request.

How do I know how I shared a file or folder?

To check how you shared a file or folder:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click Files.
  3. Navigate to the file or folder you’re interested in.
  4. Hover over the file or folder and click Share.
    • If you see a list of members, you added members to your file or folder.
    • If you see a grey circle with a link icon in it, you shared a link.
    • If you see both, you both added members to your file or folder and shared a link.

If you shared a file or folder through a shared link, learn how to change its permissions.

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