Confidentiality and information security are vital, and ShareByLink is designed with this in mind. We aim to provide the best security we can while keeping the service easy to use and light weight.
So how do we keep your files and links safe? Firstly, we store your files with secure and reputable data centers in an encrypted form.
Secondly, all of our transfers are encrypted, to ensure that your data is secure in transit to and from our servers.
Thirdly, our Sharing Links are protected from unwanted access through their complexity. The string at the end of the URL is a randomized 12 character alphanumeric string. This gives 26 lowercase letters, 26 uppercase letters, and 10 digits as possible combinations for each position. In total, this gives 3226266762397899821056 possible combinations for link addresses, making it effectively impossible to randomly guess the code for any file hosted by ShareByLink.
Combined, these features keep your data safe at each stage in the sharing process with ShareByLink.
Sending files on Android might seem difficult, but it’s actually very simple with the right tool. This applies for sending files between any internet-connected devices: Android to iOS, Windows, Apple, Linux, Windows Phone - this method will work for all of them.
(And we mean all of them: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat. It doesn’t matter which confection-based Android OS version your devices uses.)
ShareByLink is an online service, accessible from any device with a web browser. It works by uploading your file to ShareByLink’s servers, hosted in North American datacenters, and creating a Sharing Link. This Sharing Link can be used to download the file, and anyone with this sharing link can access the file.
It’s easy to use: Just upload your file, and send the link to whatever device or people you want to be able to download the file.
Your Sharing Link have the following format:
Once the system creates the link, you can use it right away to start downloading. Just don’t forget to finish uploading your file.
By default, your files are retained for 30 days on ShareByLink’s secure servers, but you are welcome to remove them sooner.
Simply put, FileZilla is a free open source FTP client.
Now, to explain what that means: FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, is a common and well-established standard for transmitting and manipulating data over computer TCP/IP networks, such as the internet. The protocol itself is platform-independent, and there are apps which make use of FTP available for most systems.
FTP works in a client/server configuration. The server hosts the files and controls access, while the client is used to connect to the server to access and manipulate these files.
However, if you want to share files with someone and don't have access to an FTP Server, ShareByLink is a great way to do so.
FileZilla is one such FTP client, and is offered in Windows and Linux versions. Should you wish to host your own FTP Server, there is a server version available from FileZilla as well.
With the FileZilla client, users can connect to an FTP server by entering the necessary address and authentication information. Once connected, they can then interact with the remote file system hosted on the server, including uploading, downloading, deleting, and renaming files and directories. Actions that users are allowed to perform are dictated by the permission level assigned to the user account they connected with.
This system has a variety of benefits: It allows for a cross-platform remote file system with a high degree of permission granularity. Furthermore, due to the flexibility of the command set defined by FTP, it can readily be used by a broad variety of applications for file transfer, which allows for disparate systems to be integrated through it.
FTP is a great way to move large volumes of data over the Internet, and to automate remote file transfer and management.
Though “Instant File Sharing” might sound like it's too good to be true, it is one of ShareByLink's (very real) core features.
First, a quick explanation of what this feature lets you do: As soon as you start sharing a file, anyone with the link can start downloading it.
This is important because it means that you don't need to wait for the whole upload to finish before your intended recipient starts to download it, which can significantly reduce the overall transfer time.
Remember: You still need to finish the upload after sharing the link!
When the upload is finished, the desktop app will say: Uploaded Successfully
When the upload is finished, the web tool will say: Upload Completed
When someone clicks the sharing link while the file is still being uploaded, they will see a screen like this one, depending on how the file is being uploaded:
This is also what users will see if the file upload did not finish, or was cut off part-way. If this happens, the desktop tool may be able to resume the upload, but will likely need to be restarted.
Dropbox’s pricing model is based on the storage space available to your account, which for many users imposes challenging limits on how much they can store. Some users may not be interested in upgrading, or perhaps might just need a temporary bump in capacity to transfer that one large file.
ShareByLink offers a great alternative way to send files if your Dropbox is out of space. This is because there is no limit to how much you can share: You can upload as many files as you like, up to 2GB per file. These files will be available for 30 days, unless they are flagged for removal sooner.
To share a file with ShareByLink, start your upload using our desktop app or our web tool. Once the upload starts, our system will generate a link with this format:
This link can be immediately shared, and when the people you share it with click on the link, they can immediately begin to download your file. But, don't forget that you still need to finish the upload!
ShareByLink makes it easy to quickly and securely share files, without having to worry about any space limitations or costs.
File Convoy is a simple, light-weight online file sharing tool which requires no signup to use.
Users are provided with a few straight-forward options when uploading their file, presented in the bare-bones style of the site. They are able to select a wide variety of retention times, from 2 hours to 21 days, after which their files will be automatically removed from the File Convoy servers. While the 21-day limit is lower than what is offered by many other file sharing sites, it is nonetheless sufficient for peer-to-peer file transfers. At the time of writing, the maximum file size supported by File Convoy is 3029MB.
Once a file upload is completed, File Convoy generates a link which can be transferred to the intended recipient or posted online. For further convenience, users can provide the necessary details to have the file sent in an email to multiple recipients and with a customized message once the upload finishes. When a file associated with an email address is downloaded, File Convoy sends a notification email, and aggregates multiple notifications into a single message if possible.
The file upload progress is displayed at the bottom left of the window, where status information is normally displayed in the browser. Unfortunately, this can make it easy to overlook. File Convoy’s site is also text-heavy, and the layout can feel cluttered with the various warnings and explanations.
File Convoy’s service is offered free of charge, and only displays a few unobtrusive advertisements on the download page.
What sets it apart from the rest:
File Convoy offers a straightforward interface with clearly presented options. With no need to sign up or create an account, it is very easy to get started.
At the time of writing, the layout and interface of the File Convoy site tends to feel crowded and bare-bones.
The online chat app Discord has quickly become a very popular service. With its free price point, streamlined setup, and easy ways to invite friends, it’s not hard to see why.
Yet, despite all these advantages, file sharing via Discord is limited to 50MB, which just isn’t enough in many situations.
ShareByLink is fully compatible with Discord, and is an excellent ways to share files while still making use of Discord's great features.
To get started with ShareByLink, you can install our app for desktop, or use our web tool.
When you upload your file using our service, a sharing link is created, which looks something like this:
This link can be immediately shared with everyone on your server, or shared directly with just a few specific people. When the people you share it with click on the link, they can immediately begin to download your file, even if it's not finished uploading yet. This is because ShareByLink streams the file as it's being uploaded.
ShareByLink allows any file up to 2GB to be shared, and there's no limit on the number of files you can share in this way either.
Of course, that doesn't mean that the link can only be shared using Discord: you can email that link, post it on Facebook, send it via text or SMS, put it in a forum post - effectively any way you can send text.
As workplaces become increasingly distributed and digital, and workers do more at home and on their mobile devices, collaboration through secure file sharing becomes ever more relevant.
Enter ShareByLink - a secure way to share any file up to 2GB instantly. It's free, and with both a Windows desktop and online version, its benefits can be leveraged from any web-accessible device.
It works by creating a unique sharing link when you upload your file. The benefit of this is that only those who have the link are able to download your file. This link can be distributed to your project team for access, and without your file sharing link, no one else will be able to see or download your file.
All files are removed from ShareByLink's servers after 30 days, which means going back to remove old files to clear out more space is never a concern. If you want to take your file down before the 30 day limit expires, just use your sharing link to access the file, then Flag the file, selecting the reason Other.
There is no limit to the number of files you can send with ShareByLink, and combined with the streaming transfer feature, it's an ideal way to quickly and securely share large volumes of data, hassle free.
It happens all the time: Midway through a conversation, you mention something, and realize you'd love to share it. Maybe it's pictures from your recent vacation, maybe it's an adorable video of your cat (or dog, or even tarantula,) or even a set of documents you need a second opinion on.
But, what's the best way to get those files to them? One option is ShareByLink. You can download our desktop app for Windows, or upload instantly via our web upload tool.
Skype itself has support for file uploads up to 300MB, and supports many file types. Files uploaded to Skype are available to anyone with access to the conversation for 30 days, after which they are deleted from Skype's servers.
Unfortunately, this system has a number of limitations: Files larger than 300MB are not allowed, certain file types may be prohibited (.ade, .adp, .app, .asp, .bas, .bat, .cer, .chm, .cmd, .com, .cpl, .crt, .csh, .exe, .fxp, .grp, .hlp, .hta, .inf, .ins, .isp, .its, .js, .jse, .ksh, .lnk, .mad, .maf, .mag, .mam, .maq, .mar, .mas, .mat, .mau, .mav, .maw, .mda, .mdb, .mde, .mdt, .mdw, .mdz, .msc, .msi, .msp, .mst, .ocx, .ops, .pcd, .pif, .pl, .pnp, .prf, .prg, .pst, .reg, .scf, .scr, .sct, .shb, .shs, .tmp, .url, .vb, .vbe, .vbs, .vsd, .vsmacros, .vss, .vst, .vsw, .ws, .wsc, .wsf, .wsh), and the shared file is only available to people who were in the conversation at that time.
ShareByLink is an excellent alternative for sharing your files. Any file type up to 2GB can be securely shared with this free tool. Better yet, it's fast: As soon as your start uploading and share your link, anyone with access to the link can immediately start downloading your file, even as you continue to upload it!
Like with Skype, files uploaded to ShareByLink are available for 30 days. However, if you would like to remove them earlier than this for any reason, simply navigate to your sharing link download page, and flag the file with reason Other. This will delete your file from the ShareByLink servers.
GitHub is a popular site that allows programmers to publish open-source projects for free.
However, there's limitations on file attachments. In particular, if you create a pull request or an issue.
An easy way to attach any file, is to use ShareByLink. We offer free file sharing with no registration. Create a sharing link right away with our web upload tool. Or, integrate our sharing into Windows with our desktop app.
GitHub itself does have limited support for attachments, but at the time of this writing, GitHub is limited to 25 MB for raw files and 10 MB for images.
Using GitHub, only the following extensions are currently supported: PNG (.png), GIF (.gif), JPEG (.jpg), DOC (.docx), PPT (.pptx), Excel (.xlsx), TXT (.txt), PDF (.pdf), ZIP (.zip), GZIP, (.gz)
ShareByLink helps you easily get around these limits, by allowing any file extension, and file sizes up to 2 GB.
Our team is considering even more features that will increase support for GitHub users over time. You can join the newsletter to stay in the know.
When programming-- and especially when using tools like GitHub pull requests-- it's common to need to share large memory dumps, log files or binaries. We hope ShareByLink makes life a little easier for those trying to collaborate!
Simon Lightstone is a programmer, blogger and contributor to the ShareByLink project.