Dropbox File Requests - Request A File From Anyone

Dropbox File Requests – Request A File From Anyone

Cloud services like Dropbox are great for sharing documents, but what happens when you want someone to send you a file?

I’ve long wished there was an easy way to request a file from someone, especially if the file is too large to email. There have been third-party services that have done this for quite some time, but Dropbox has recently introduced File requests that do exactly what I need, all built in.

Dropbox File requests let you (wait for it) request a file or files from someone, even if they aren’t Dropbox users. Here’s how it works.

First go to https://www.dropbox.com/requests or log in to Dropbox on the web and click the File requests link on the left.

You’ll then enter some text to describe the items that you’re requesting, and you can specify where in your Dropbox folder they’ll appear (by default they go under a File requests folder).

Create Dropbox File Request

It will then provide you a link that you can copy and paste, or Dropbox can send the email on your behalf.

Dropbox File Request Send Request

I prefer to send my own emails, so I went the copy & paste route.

Dropbox File Request Email

When the receipient clicks the link, they’re taken to a page where they can upload their file(s). If they’re not already logged in to Dropbox on the web, they can enter their name and email address.

Dropbox File Request Upload Files

Once the requestee uploads their files, they magically appear in Dropbox in the folder I specified. It appends the person’s name before the file name so you can tell who it is from.

Dropbox File Request Downloaded Files

Once you’ve received the files, you can close the request so no one else can upload to your account. In the Dropbox File requests interface, hover over the request and hit Edit. Then you can hit the Close request button.

Dropbox File Request Close Request

That’s about it. I can see myself using this feature a lot and I like how they implemented it. What do you think?

About the Author

Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

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James Monk - July 20, 2015 Reply

If you want a more advance file request system – check out FileInvite (http:www.fileinvite.com). It incorporates management of requests, reminders, templates and more.

    Mike Harahan - July 21, 2015 Reply

    +james Monk… FileInvite looks very interesting. Thanks for pointing it out. My email workflow incorporates Sanebox Reminders which I use to track outstanding document requests. FileInvite is a bit of an overkill given the low volume of my document requests. Thanks again.

lamike - July 8, 2015 Reply

Happy to report that the Dropbox Document Request feature is now available to Dropbox Business customers

lamike - July 3, 2015 Reply

Second addendum [Sorry!], the File Requests feature is not available to people like me who have a Dropbox Business account. In other words, it is not available to the Personal account you can set up as a business user as I had assumed when I posted Addendum I.

lamike - July 2, 2015 Reply

By way of an addendum and heads up, I have a Dropbox for Business account. The Dropbox File Requests feature is not yet available for Dropbox Business accounts. However, all Dropbox Business owners have a Dropbox Personal account or the ability to establish a Personal Dropbox account. The Request File feature is available for that Personal Account.

lamike - July 2, 2015 Reply


Thanks for this heads up. I have been using Droplr, but this fits nicely with SaneBox which I have set up with DropBox to receive large incoming attachments.

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