Dropbox Public Link

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  1. Under Dropbox, select Share Dropbox link. It will put the link on the temporary clipboard. Paste the link to an editor, or directly with your message. If you still have a Public folder, the task would be a lot easier: If you have not yet moved or copied the file to your Public folder, make a copy now by dragging it. Open the Public.
  2. Go to your Dropbox folder. Right-click on the file or folder you want to get a link to. This should give you a context menu. Under Dropbox, select Share Dropbox link.
Create public dropbox folder

Have you ever tried to embed a “public URL” Dropbox link in an <IMG> tag—as you might for a blog post, forum post, or any HTML file? If so, you’ve experienced the problem that Dropbox “public links” are not direct links to the image file itself, but rather to an interstitial page that frames the image and gives you options for downloading the file, etc. Not embeddable at all.

Here’s the solution:

After you copy the public Dropbox link to your clipboard, just change ?dl=0 to?raw=1 at the end of the URL.

If you leave the link as ?dl=0, although it will look like a link to an image, it will really link to the interstitial non-embeddable Dropbox page that frames the image or invites people to signup for Dropbox.

For example, the screenshot you see above is in fact hosted on Dropbox like this:

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If I had left the link as ?dl=0, although it would have looked like a link to an image, it would really have been the link to the interstitial non-embeddable Dropbox page that frames the image or invites people to signup for Dropbox.

Pro Tip

The public link gives them access to view/download the file, not save changes back to the original file. This is 'read-only' access and they don't even need to be added to the dropbox account for this - you just send them the link to view the file. – eisb Mar 11 '14 at 15:37. Open Dropbox.com and log in, if you haven't already. Head to the file you'd like to create a link for and hover over it until you see the Share button. The sharing pop-up will open; click Create a link at bottom-right. You've now created a link to the file, which you can copy by clicking Copy link. First, get your Dropbox ID by launching Dropbox website via right click on Dropbox menu icon. Find PUBLIC folder in your collection of Dropbox folders you already have. Select any file in that public folder and right click it and choose “copy public link”. That will open a Copy Public Link box that shows the URL.

Did you know Dropbox will let you automatically share screen captures? Just look in your Dropbox settings / preferences:

On a Mac, type shift+command+4 to screen capture any portion of your screen. Dropbox will then automatically add the screen capture to your dropbox, and copy the Public Link to your clipboard. This puts you one step away from pasting the link (don’t forget the ?raw=1) into a forum post or email.

Get the Dropbox public link URLs for files in your Dropbox Public folder. For multiple files, the URL will be copied to the clipboard one at a time (useful if Clipboard History is active).

Put your Dropbox Public folder path in the _publicFolderPath property, e.g. /Users/username/Dropbox/Public

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Replace the 0 in the _dropboxID property with your Dropbox id (right-click a file in the Public folder, Copy Public Link and get the number from within the clipboard url).


Dropbox Anonymous Public Link

Dropbox anonymous public link

Dropbox Public Link To File

-- Put your Dropbox Public folder path in the quotes, e.g. /Users/example/Dropbox/Public
property _publicFolderPath : '
-- Replace the 0 with your Dropbox id (right-click a file in the Public folder, Copy Public Link and get the number from within the clipboard url).
property _dropboxID : 0
on _findAndReplace(_toFind, _toReplace, _theText)
set _astid to AppleScript's textitemdelimiters
try
set AppleScript's textitemdelimitersto _toFind
set textItems to _theText's textitems
set AppleScript's textitemdelimitersto _toReplace
tell textItems toset _editedText tobeginning& _toReplace & rest
set AppleScript's textitemdelimitersto' '
set _textItems2 totextitemsof _editedText
set AppleScript's textitemdelimitersto'%20'
set _editedText to _textItems2 astext
set AppleScript's textitemdelimitersto _astid
return _editedText
onerror a number b
set AppleScript's textitemdelimitersto _astid
error a number b
endtry
end _findAndReplace
using terms fromapplication'Quicksilver'
onopen _theseItems
try
repeatwith _anItem in _theseItems
tellapplication'Finder'
set _path toPOSIX pathof(_anItem astext)
set _fileName tomy _findAndReplace(_publicFolderPath, ', _path)
set _url to'http://dl.dropbox.com/u/'& _dropboxID & _fileName
setthe clipboard to _url
-- Need a delay between copying to the clipboard
if(countof _theseItems) > 1then delay 1
endtell
endrepeat
-- These 2 lines (1 won't work) clear a multiple selection from Quicksilver's first pane.
tellapplication'Quicksilver'tosetselectiontomissing value
tellapplication'Quicksilver'tosetselectiontomissing value
tellapplication'Quicksilver'tosetselectionto _url
onerror a number b
display dialog a
endtry
endopen
end using terms from

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