Public Link Shares

This offers a lot of flexibility for creating different


With ownCloud X (10.0), the ability to create multiple public links per file or folder was introduced. kinds of share links for a single file or folder, such as different passwords, expiry dates, and permissions.

As of ownCloud version 10.0.2 you can create Drop Folders, where users can upload files to a central location, but not be able to change any existing ones, nor see other files which already have been uploaded.

To create a public link share, first view the Sharing Panel of the file or folder that you want to create a public link share for. Then, click the Public Links button, and then click Create public link. After you do, the public link share dialog will appear, which you can see below.

Create a public link - step one.

As with other shares, provide the name in the "Link Name" field, and fill out the options that suit what you want the link to support. You can find details of what each option does below.

Create a public link - step two.

Finally, click the Save button to complete creation of the share. Now that the share is created, you can:

  • Copy the link to the share and give it out

  • Update the share’s settings

  • Share the link via social media and email

  • Delete the public link

Share Settings Explained

Setting Description

Download / View

Allows recipients to view or download the public link’s contents.

Download / View / Edit

Allows recipients to view, download, edit, and delete the public link’s contents.

Download / View / Upload

Allows recipients to view, download and upload the public link’s contents.

Upload only (File Drop)

Allows users to create a drop folder, which can receive files from multiple recipients without revealing the contents of the folder.


Sets a password for protecting the link.


Sets an expiry date for the link. The public link expires after the configured date as soon as the OCA\Files_Sharing\ExpireSharesJob job will run.