Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud file storage service available on the web. By creating a shareable link, you can share the files and folders that you store in Dropbox easily. But how to get a direct/native link for Dropbox files? How to get a permanent link for Dropbox files?
What’s the use of direct/permanent link? Direct/native link is very useful while you want to provide a download link, anyone can download a file by clicking the native link. And for a website, it’s very important to have direct/permanent file link for downloadable items. Users don’t have to leave the website to download a file.
Get Direct/Permanent Link for Dropbox Files
It’s very easy to get a direct or permanent link for Dropbox files. Follow the simple steps to do this –
1. Open Droxbox and Copy Shareable Link
Getting shareable link is easy, open Dropbox and select the file you want to share, or click on the dots (···) available right side of the file name. You will have share option in the menu items after clicking on this.
After clicking the “Share” menu option, a share link will be available, click on “Copy link” to copy the shareable link.
2. Paste the Shareable Link and Modify
Now paste the shareable link you copied in a notepad or browser. This link looks like this one –
You have to modify this shareable link, just replace last number in the link 0 with 1 to get permanent/direct link for the file. After this change, the link should look like this –
It’s the permanent link for the Dropbox file, this should work without any problem.
Not working? You can try another process! Replace www.dropbox with dl.dropboxusercontent also in the modified link. After the two modification, the link should look like this –
That’s it! You have two different processes to get Dropbox permanent link. You can use the native/permanent link on your website. You can test the link we shared here, it should start download without going Dropbox website.
Remember! Dropbox has bandwidth limitation for files. Free accounts can’t exceed 20 GB/day or 100000 downloads/day, and for paid accounts limits are 200 GB/day with unlimited downloads. If bandwidth is too important for you, then you can try OneDrive as it provides unlimited bandwidth for all users!
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