In Dropbox's Android app, it is easy to grab a shareable link to any file, not just ones in a shared folder. Is there a way to get this link from Dropbox when I'm on Windows (or via the Web) without creating a public shared folder?

  • I have struggled with this, too. In fact, you can only create public shortened links for private files through iPhone, iPad or Android apps. This is a major security flaw as you can never revoke those links. The links also reveal your folder structure and they still point to a file with the same name, even if you delete the old one. – slhck Jan 29 '11 at 16:48


This feature went live for all, without having to enable any sharing model or what not.

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Get the latest build of Dropbox, and you can right click any folder in your Dropbox and get the shareable link

Get shareable link of any folder in Dropbox

Note: @slhck points that the Mac version doesn't support this yet - It does work on Mac. You will need to enable the sharing model feature on your account first (it is not enabled by default). The sharing model feature can be enabled by clicking here. Thanks to @emtunc for the update.

If get shareable link for any folder is not there for you, please click on this link to enable it. Once clicked, you'll get a brief notification and will be redirected to your Dropbox folder

Keep in mind that this change is permanent. We are unaware of any way to disable the sharing model once it has been turned on, but you can revoke the link by heading over to Sharing -> Linked Items and click on Remove.

  • Oi that's new! Good that I'm reinstalling Windows and Dropbox ;) – Ivo Flipse Jan 29 '11 at 18:59
  • Even better, the newer version also features auto-update @IvoFlipse – Sathyajith Bhat Jan 29 '11 at 19:00
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    You might want to add that it currently does not work on Mac OS X (v.1.0.20, just downloaded it and checked). – slhck Jan 29 '11 at 19:39
  • Is this on a 32- or 64-bit version? It doesn't seem to be included in the Windows 7 64-bit version yet. – nbergus Jan 29 '11 at 19:58
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    It does work on Mac... you need to enable the sharing model feature on your account first (it is not enabled by default as it is not yet 100% ready yet). You can enable the sharing model feature by clicking here: dropbox.com/enable_shmodel – emtunc Jan 30 '11 at 20:35

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