Is it possible to view files, e.g. in HTML, text or Markdown format, natively in the browser when they are hosted on box.com?

I’ve seen the "direct link" post on community.box.com, which pertains to downloading of files, and also the thread "hosting a html static website" which indicates that native viewing is not supported. But even if it’s not officially supported by box.com, is there a workaround URL scheme or similar?

For reference, Dropbox has the following URL scheme for files stored in public folders: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/[userID]/[path]/[file]. This allows me to host simple web sites on Dropbox, which I find very useful. However, my current client wants me to store my work on box.com, and I’m hoping to do this without losing much-needed functionality.

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Based on the lack of feedback both here and on Box’ own forum, I take it that the answer is No.

  • @pnuts Thank you for following up. I don't want the preview, I want the browser to render the files natively.
    – bjornte
    Aug 29, 2017 at 10:10

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