How to Create Download Link for DropBox?

Looking to Share DropBox Files from Android, iOS, and Web? Here are the Methods to Create Direct Download Link for DropBox.
Create Direct Download Link Dropbox

In this article, we are going to discuss all the methods available to create a download link for a Dropbox file, whether you are using a laptop, Android phone, or an iOS/iPadOS device.

What is DropBox?

Dropbox is among one of the best cloud storage services available in the market. It competes with services like Google Drive, OneDrive. Dropbox is available for both personnel and commercial usage. According to Wikipedia, “Dropbox has been ranked as one of the most valuable startups in the US and the world, with a valuation of over US$10 billion, and it has been described as one of Y Combinator’s most successful investments to date.”

Plans and Bandwidth

There are free as well as paid plans to opt from. The base free plan offers 2 GB of free storage.

Plan

Basic/Free

Plus/Family/Business

Storage

2 GB

Custom

Download Bandwidth

20 GB Per Day

200 GB Per Day

Download Limit

100,000 Per Day

Unlimited

Create a Direct Download Link for DropBox

Here are Ways to Share DropBox Files from your Android, iOS, and Web for Direct Download

Method 1: Web

For creating a direct download link for the Dropbox file in a web view, follow the below instructions.

  • First, go to dropbox.com and log in with your credentials.
  • Now, navigate to the file, which you want to share, and click on it.
  • On clicking, a preview pane will be opened.

Select File on Web

  • On the top-right corner, you will see a button named Share, click on it.

Click on Share Button for Web

  • A new dialogue box will appear, now click on the Copy Link label.

Copy Link to Share

  • The link will be copied, and a small window will also appear at the bottom section of the window to confirm it.

Copy the Link

Now, you can share the link with anyone, he/she will be able to download the file, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account.

Click on Download Button

Method 2: Android

  • First, go to Google Play Store and download the latest version of the DropBox app.
  • Open the app and login with your credentials.
  • Now, navigate to the file you want to create a download link.

Look for the File to Share

  • Then, tap on the three dots located in front of the file name.

Click on 3 Dots on the File to e Shared

  • Finally, click on the Copy Link label.

Copy the Link to Share

  • The link will be copied and now you can share it with anyone.

Method 3: iOS/iPadOS

In the iOS/iPadOS, the steps are almost the same as the Android but with an additional step. Follow the below steps to create a download link for any Dropbox file,

  • First, go to Apple App Store and download the latest version of the DropBox app.
  • Open the app and login with your credentials.
  • Now, navigate to the file you want to create a download link.

Select FIle to Share on Web

  • Then, tap on the three dots located in front of the file name.

Click on the 3 Horizontal Dots for More Options

  • A new dialogue box will appear, from that menu, click on the Share button.

Share File on Phone

  • Now, the traditional Apple share window will appear.
  • Scroll down and then click on the Copy Link icon.

Copy Link on iPhone Dropbox

  • The link will be copied, now you can share the link with anyone.

One-Click Download Link for DropBox

In all the above methods, Dropbox creates a link to a preview page which provides a button to download the file. But we are going to show you a trick with which you will be able to share a one-click download link.

Step 1: Create the download preview page link via any of the above-mentioned methods. The link will look like this,

https://www.dropbox.com/[rest of the URL]

Step 2: Replace “www.dropbox.com” with “dl.dropboxusercontent.com”, and make sure you don’t modify anything else from the download link.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/[rest of the URL]

Step 3: Congrats, you have created a direct one-click download link to any file from Dropbox.

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