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I'm using Skydrive to host files for my blog, such as zip files of source code. I'm trying to provide direct links that users on my blog can click to immediately download the file in question, without being confronted with a Skydrive page filled with all the files related to all posts on my blog.

Is there a way to do this? I've tried getting a link to the file, shortening it et cetera, but visiting this link always shows the Skydrive page. Here is an example.

At this point I can only assume Skydrive is doing this on purpose and am also wondering whether there's another provider I can switch to that will yield a better user experience.

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Looks like Skydrive does not support this. –  Ramhound May 30 '13 at 18:56
I just tried this out with my SkyDrive account and also couldn't find just a download link. I assume this on purpose as they want to be a collaborative file sharing site and not just supply download links. –  Brad Patton May 30 '13 at 18:56
@Brad Yeah, figured that must be the case. Any suggested alternatives that don't have this problem? –  Kent Boogaart May 30 '13 at 19:09
I think this is the only method to create direct donwload link in skydrive guidepedia.info/2013/07/… –  user212465 Jul 26 '13 at 9:19
An answer should be more than just a link to an external site. Please add a solution. –  toscho Jul 26 '13 at 13:40
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you can just generate share link via UI (for example: https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=CA1656805C59C6C9!174&authkey=!ABYGECM1-9fSPG8), then replace "redir" for "download" (like this: https://skydrive.live.com/download?resid=CA1656805C59C6C9!174&authkey=!ABYGECM1-9fSPG8) and this will be direct download link.

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I found this explanation

You can't get exact direct link of this demo.zip , but the direct link for the photos, videos, etc. you can.


As we can see the complete link of your shorten link ( http://sdrv.ms/13mwN2v ) is https://skydrive.live.com/cid=328ba01b2a22de20&id=328BA01B2A22DE20%21219&authkey=!APtFM-r5ezVjuoc . This link is directed to the zip file "demo" .

Use this to find your direct link for this zip file:


Change YOUR_CID_AND_YOUR_ID with your real cid with your id which is 328ba01b2a22de20%21219 and change NAME_OF_YOUR_FILE with the real name of your file ( in this case demo ) ( you can put behind demo .zip , or no needed )

So your link would be:


In this case, just like I told above, the direct link for downloading would appear without extension and with some strange name , which your users would need to rename into demo.zip.

If you've had photo, video, any other file ( just not with an extension .zip or .rar ) , they would get during downloading, the file also with some strange name, but with the correct extension.


Your second above file is called also demo, but it is the photo. And the link for this photos is - https://skydrive.live.com/ cid=328BA01B2A22DE20&id=328BA01B2A22DE20%21218&authkey=%21APtFM-r5ezVjuoc

The same instruction is:


And in this case, you'll get another direct link:


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