So I was trying to send a colleague the files for a simple HTML page and decided to just throw it into my Dropbox Public Folder in case he loses it. When I went for the Public Link I noticed that the index page did not download but showed up in the browser.

It did show anything though as the links were wrong obviously so I decided to see how far I can push and try to link the files back through the public links. This is the result. Is it wrong to use the public folder in this way? And if not, how far can I go with it in terms of HTML pages?

  • Actually, today I tried to share a HTML page with a public link. But I'm disapointed because it shows a download link instead of a preview ! Any ideas ?
    – Stéphane
    Commented Dec 28, 2012 at 0:00

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I think this is fine if you are only testing something for a few friends. However, there is an issue with using too much bandwidth if you try to host something through your public folder that becomes too popular. As per https://www.dropbox.com/help/45:

There are currently no hard limits on public bandwidth usage. We do, however, have an automated system for detecting and flagging unusual amounts of bandwidth usage. We will send an email notification whenever an account is flagged. Once flagged, public links will be temporarily disabled and users who use the links will see an error page instead of your file.


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