Take the 2-minute tour ×
Web Applications Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for power users of web applications. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I share a folder with 4 users of Dropbox and I just want them to see automatically the files I’m adding, I don’t want them to be able to modify or delete anything inside it.

So, how can I unauthorize them from modification?

P.S.: I know already about the “share-link” option, but this way the users don’t see automatically the added files.

share|improve this question
add comment

migrated from superuser.com Nov 11 '12 at 4:02

This question came from our site for computer enthusiasts and power users.

3 Answers

You can't set permissions for shared folders in Dropbox.

This feature has been requested for three years, as has received almost 150k votes in Votebox, but Dropbox hasn't implemented it yet.

share|improve this answer
1  
There are some good reasons for not implementing it, though. If the files are synced and not downloaded, then they are still files on the user's computer, and the user can edit them. (Even if they are marked as read-only.) This has a potential to cause a lot of confusion for users. The power of Dropbox is that the files are just regular files on your system. This would somewhat chip away at that model. –  Ilari Kajaste Oct 24 '13 at 11:48
add comment

My own solution for this is to have a private backup of the shared files (i.e. in some .rar file that is not shared to other users).

share|improve this answer
add comment

Or... Instead of sharign the folder, share a link to it. The files in the link also auto-update with your changes, so you don't have to give "updated links" all the time, but also, they remain read-only. People will be able to view & download the files, but not modify or delete them.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.