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2008/03/21

Direct Links to Box.net Shared Files for Free

Filed under: Box.net,Deep Link,Direct Link,File Hosting,Internet,Web,websites — FrankZabbath @ 11:33

Update

Sadly this method stopped working. Even old links don’t work anymore. You would have to use shared instead of lite again.

I’ve been happily using the free Box.net file hosting for a while. What’s a bit annoying is that as a free member you aren’t offered direct links to your shared files. So you’d always have to load some sort of bridge page containing the direct link. But I found an easy way for direct linking, which I successfully use for example on this blog. Here’s how..Box.net

  1. Log in to your box.net account (what a surprise ;)
  2. Browse to URL http://www.box.net/lite/
  3. Upload one single file
  4. Note down the shared file URL, e.g. http://www.box.net/shared/dgr8b0xn3t
  5. The Direct Link is the given URL above with /shared/ replaced by /lite/. That would be http://www.box.net/lite/dgr8b0xn3t

Beware that Hot Linking is not allowed with Box.net AFAIK (at least for free members), so don’t use this to embed your 10 MB Flash applets or something like that. But still, Deep (or Direct) Linking like I do with my downloads will most certainly not cause you trouble.

ChangeLog

[2009-04-26: This trick isn’t working anymore.]

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