I have a file I would like to update on dropbox. About 900 people know this shared link. However, when I update the file the link is changed, e.g. from




Is there a way to prevent this?

Sharing the folder is not enough, because I need direct links to at least one specific file.

Or are there alternatives? (not dropbox solutions)


The simplest thing for the future is to share the link to the folder instead of the file itself that way you can change the contents inside the folder without having to change links. Just have a folder per file.


Upload with the same filename and override the old one. I do this by simply dragging and dropping the new file (with the same exact filename as the old file) into dropbox. The same link gets preserved and I can even look at previous versions of that same file by right clicking.

  • I don't use dropbox not for this feature anymore, however I gave a +1 for other readers. – Michel Keijzers May 19 '14 at 19:12
  • it works very well – Malick May 12 '16 at 20:56
  • @LampShade - do you drop in the browser or in your local folder? – DAE Jan 2 '17 at 8:26
  • @DAE In the past I just used the web browser. But you can sync Dropbox to your computer. And if that's the case i would assume that does the same thing if the local folder is synced. But I'd have to try it. – LampShade Jan 5 '17 at 23:05

You can share a folder containing only that one file.

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    Also, try searching/proposing such a feature here: dropbox.com/votebox – sm4rk0 Feb 21 '13 at 0:00
  • I have upvoted, but also edited the question. – Michel Keijzers Feb 21 '13 at 9:56
  • Fair enough, as I didn't answer the question, just gave the half-way workaround. – sm4rk0 Feb 21 '13 at 13:10

If you replace the file with one named identically and in the same place, subsequent visitors will get the updated version.

source: https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Sharing-and-collaboration/Can-I-replace-a-file-but-keep-the-same-link-The-link-has-already/td-p/61254

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