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.

  • 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
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    @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
  • Same post, just in SO: stackoverflow.com/q/25010369/435605 – AlikElzin-kilaka Jun 22 '19 at 10:56

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.


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    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
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    It's kind of hack way, i worry it will not work in future. Is there any official way to do that – Jacky Nov 17 '16 at 23:50
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    Not working.... – Riyafa Abdul Hameed Aug 29 '17 at 3:18
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    This works for files. Is there a solution for a directory? – Hrvoje T Jan 8 '19 at 6:38
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    The article Share Direct Links to Files in Google Drive and Skip the Web Viewer shares a bit more information about how to construct the URL correctly. – Senseful Mar 7 '19 at 20:16

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

  • How does one "view the contents of a zip file" in Google Drive? I think you meant to say "view the contents of a folder". – ahorn May 23 '20 at 10:41

Replace "YOUR_FILE_ID" for the ID of your file


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:

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

I wrote a user script for this you can install with Tampermonkey/Greasemonkey: https://greasyfork.org/en/scripts/10052-google-drive-direct-links

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