Web Applications Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for power users of web applications. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

When you share a Zip file in Google Drive, you land on a page to view all the files inside the zip file and to download the entire file the user has to click File → Download. I've noticed a lot of users don't get this so I actually have to tell them to click File → Download when all I really want to do is give them a link to directly download the file.

share|improve this question
I found out that for some reason, the direct link works only on the current file version. If I update the zip files and upload it again to Google Drive, with the same name, the direct link I have created before goes to the old version of the file and not the new file. So I have to create a new direct link, which doesn't help so much. – user39655 May 7 '13 at 9:57
@user39655 - I have minimal experience with Google Drive so I don't know if it would work, but couldn't you share a folder, then whatever files and file-versions you put into the folder would be shared. – Kevin Fegan Mar 31 '15 at 18:45
up vote 35 down vote accepted

For the moment, you have to build the URL manually.


Where YourIndividualID is the ID of the respective document (zip file). You get it either from the URL or by clicking File → Share and copying it from the sharing URL.


share|improve this answer
I do this quite a bit so created a Google sheet that I can paste the original sharing link into so it can pull out the ID then creates the new direct download link. – Dennis Aug 14 '15 at 20:37

Also, while viewing the content of zip file, you can click Ctrl+S to download the whole directory as zip file.

share|improve this answer

Replace "YOUR_FILE_ID" for the ID of your file

share|improve this answer

This is also a good link:


with antivirus inactive, and you can download files of any size.

Just replace the xxxxx by the file ID that you get when sharing a file:

share|improve this answer
confirm=no_antivirus doesn't stop the warning/prompt for scanning – rainabba Dec 5 '15 at 16:37

protected by Community Aug 2 '15 at 11:41

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site (the association bonus does not count).

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.