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Prevent downloads for files in a shared link

Prevent downloads for files in a shared link

New member | Level 1

I'd like to be able to share a folder of files to be viewed, but no downloaded, I cannot find where to disable this feature...

16 Comments
Dropboxer

Hi there

Sorry the the delay - are you still having issues?

New member | Level 1

Yours is the first response, just want to disable the download option.

New member | Level 1

In Google Drive, you can allow others to view your file while preventing them from printing or downloading files. Especially with media content, e.g. ads, where copyright and intellectual property is involved, protecting files from being downloaded is crucial. I hope this feature gets added. Thanks!

Super User

Its available to Pro users or Dropbox for Business Users. See
https:confused face:/www.dropbox.com/help/6272
https:confused face:/www.dropbox.com/help/4459

New member | Level 1

Chris J., I am not seeing a similar option to that of Google Drive from the two links you sent. I also want to prohibit uploads from being downloaded or printed and only want them to be viewed.

Super User II

That's not possible. The view-only option allows someone to view and/or download the file. There is no option to prevent it from being downloaded.

New member | Level 1

Is there an answer for this Question...Dropbox Support?

Super User II

It isnt possible to do this. 

It also isnt how the internet works, unfortunately. If a user views a file, they have downloaded it.

New member | Level 1

Yes but you do not have to make it easy for people to download by offering a button. Offering passwords with expiring links is a good first step in protecting content, but if they can download it, and have access, what is the point? Unless their access to the downloaded file becomes terminated with the expiration of the link?

Does that  happen? 

Super User II

No it doesnt - because the file is on their machine and has no link/connection back to you or Dropbox. 

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