I have tried to download a file using curl "https://www.dropbox.com/s/tf7e7vndqd9hv05/Ace_The_IELTS.pdf?dl=0" -o "file.pdf" but it downloads a file which is of few bytes. When I open the link in the browser I see the web page opened with the pdf but not downloaded to my desktop. I guess that curl command is downloading the webpage but not exact pdf file. Can anyone please help me in downloading the file using curl. Am I missing anything? Thanks


Dropbox file links go to a webpage, that then redirects to the actual content.

The link to the above PDF is actually at


The easiest way I can think to determine the actual url is to first do:

curl "https://www.dropbox.com/s/tf7e7vndqd9hv05/Ace_The_IELTS.pdf?dl=1" -o "temp.txt"

(note the dl=1)

Then look at the temp.txt:

    <p>The resource was found at <a href="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/content_link/jGdZ7mfVMNV7VCiauE9T7kGpaOyBKyu6i8KaAzqLzUSaEd2ElXllzDeQEC8DCxHr?dl=1">https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/content_link/jGdZ7mfVMNV7VCiauE9T7kGpaOyBKyu6i8KaAzqLzUSaEd2ElXllzDeQEC8DCxHr?dl=1</a>;
you should be redirected automatically.

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Then you'll see the correct url.

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