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Re: Download Document via dropbox

Download Document via dropbox

jackmark231
New member | Level 2

I want to upload documents on dropbox and provide the download link on my website. I want that if someone clicks on the download button it directly download without going to dropbox. My website is [removed as per the Community's Guidelines]

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Re: Download Document via dropbox

behzod
Super User

Hi,

It is very easy to get a direct download link of files that are saved in your Dropbox account and hotlink them on your webpage.

 

Here is the step by step instructions:

1) Copy the Dropbox link of the image file that you want to share. (Right-click on the image file in your Dropbox folder and choose Copy Dropbox Link). You should have something similar to this:

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tg0cfa565aue4ak/zoo.jpg?dl=0

 

2) You have to change number zero (....dl=0) at the end of the link and replace it with one (....dl=1)

Now your link that you gonna use should look like this:

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tg0cfa565aue4ak/zoo.jpg?dl=1

 

What you are doing by adding one to the end of the link is hotlinking it. That's is sharing a direct download link to the file. Anyone who clicks on a hotlinked file will not see any of the Dropbox frames, logos, etc. And downloading will start immediately.

 

Note that, free (basic) accounts have a traffic limitation of 20 GB per day for hotlinked files. And the maximum number of downloads that all of your links together can generate is 100,000 downloads per day.

 

Hope it helps!

 

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Re: Download Document via dropbox

behzod
Super User

Hi,

It is very easy to get a direct download link of files that are saved in your Dropbox account and hotlink them on your webpage.

 

Here is the step by step instructions:

1) Copy the Dropbox link of the image file that you want to share. (Right-click on the image file in your Dropbox folder and choose Copy Dropbox Link). You should have something similar to this:

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tg0cfa565aue4ak/zoo.jpg?dl=0

 

2) You have to change number zero (....dl=0) at the end of the link and replace it with one (....dl=1)

Now your link that you gonna use should look like this:

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tg0cfa565aue4ak/zoo.jpg?dl=1

 

What you are doing by adding one to the end of the link is hotlinking it. That's is sharing a direct download link to the file. Anyone who clicks on a hotlinked file will not see any of the Dropbox frames, logos, etc. And downloading will start immediately.

 

Note that, free (basic) accounts have a traffic limitation of 20 GB per day for hotlinked files. And the maximum number of downloads that all of your links together can generate is 100,000 downloads per day.

 

Hope it helps!

 

Re: Download Document via dropbox

CarlaN
New member | Level 2

How will I change the link to achieve exactly the same with a Word Document? I want to share a specific file in Word format and not PDF. But want it to auto download by clicking the link.

Re: Download Document via dropbox

Hannah
Dropboxer
Hey @CarlaN, thanks for commenting here.

The same steps found above, apply for all file types, but let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers!

Hannah
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


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