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Creating an alias or symlink to a file within Dropbox

Creating an alias or symlink to a file within Dropbox

Mackeroy
New member | Level 2

Is there a way to create a symlink or alias for a file or folder that points to a file within another Dropbox folder?  For instance, making a symlink or alias for a large video file that resides in one folder within a Dropbox account, and then creating a pointer within another shared folder so that I don't have to have a duplicate of this large file residing in two places at once.  I understand that whoever I share the symlink/alias with in the first shared folder would also need to have access to the target or destination folder as well.  Basically what I'm doing is creating a media folder for a video editor to access that I would like to have links/pointers to these large files in, rather than making copies of all the media elements for this shared media folder and taking up twice the space.  Thanks! 

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Re: Creating an alias or symlink to a file within Dropbox

Daphne
Dropboxer
Hello @Mackeroy, I hope you're well today!

Symlinks and aliases are not currently supported by Dropbox, but perhaps I could suggest a work around for this.

Since you can create a shortcut to a web link with these steps, perhaps you could use this feature to add a shared link to the file you want to access from another folder.

When you open a shared link to a file that you already have access to, and you're signed into your account online, it will simply point you to the file within your account.

Let me know if that would do the trick!

Daphne
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


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