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How to create non-expiring direct links to video files on Google Drive that will download the file instead of opening them in the browse ?

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    Do shared links normally expire? – MrWhite May 18 '15 at 11:18
  • @w3d Sometimes my download manager ask for new URL to continue the dowlnload when I pause and resume downloads. However I need to create direct links to video files on Google Drive that will download the file instead of opening them in the browse. – Bishan May 18 '15 at 11:29
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To do this you will have to change the URL you give to your users.

For example, the link Google gives you is something like:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=ABC123&authuser=0

You need to change the URL into the form:

https://drive.google.com/uc?id=ABC123&authuser=0&export=download

Basically what I did is:

  1. Replaced open with uc.
  2. Added at the end of the URL a & (Ampersand) and: export=download
  3. I made sure the id part (in my example ABC123 but in real life it will be something like WFlEUEVTBRxVNGupYnRhVUk0B5UP) stays the same!

Now when users click this link, the file will start to download. (You should encourage your users to use download managers, for speed.)

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