A direct link is a web address (URL) that lets you link directly to a file. This is different from a regular web link, which will direct the user to a Box page.

Note: Old Box Experience

This page refers to the old Box experience. In Box, hover over a single file or folder with your mouse. If the item looks like the following image, you are in the right place.


Files and folders should look like this when you hover over them.Files and folders should look like this when you hover over them.

If the item does not look like the image above, visit one of the links below instead:

Direct links end with the file's extension type. Therefore, if you are linking to a Microsoft Word document, a direct link will end with *.doc. When a user clicks on the link, a pop-up window will prompt the user to either open the file in Microsoft Word or download the file onto their computer.


Direct Linking is a great feature to use when sending a file to someone without directing them to Box. Direct linking can also be used to host images or files for your website or blog. Direct Linking is only available for individual files and is unavailable for folders. A link to a folder will always be a web address of a Box page.


To generate a direct link, first click 'Share' to open the Shared Link pop-up. Once the pop-up appears, click on the gear icon in the top right for Advanced Settings.

Direct Linking to a File

Your Direct Link is located at the bottom of the settings window.

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This feature is only available for paid account types. If you are a free user who wishes to use this feature, please upgrade your account.