Allow direct acces to shared files using "real" links
If I have a file stored on my OneDrive account I should be able to share it and access it directly as a link:
Now accessing a file is dome using a link... to a web page.
Hi Elvis, can you tell us more about this suggestion? Currently you can access OneDrive files using the links, like onedrive.live.com/file_name.
Really surprised to such a simple feature missing from one drive. We want direct links to the files like Dropbox has. What this means is a link that takes the person who used the link directly to the file itself, no preview page with Microsoft overlays, just the file where I can right click on it and save.
So a direct link of an image will lead to the image itself. Shareable links of an image lead to a page with an image preview with onedrive ui overlays. This isn’t what we want.
No response from MS, tipical
Michal Atlas commented
Actually you can create a direct download link with a bit of URL fiddling.
Microsoft needs to stop castrating their customers! I'm not going to buy your Azure platform just so I can upload files that can be directly accessed (a technology that's been around EXACTLY since the start of the internet).
All I want to do is to have images referenced by my Exchange Server's mail flow global signature (since I can't embed them directly into it). But I can't provide a URL in the HTML code because the response is a web page, not the image file itself. Or if it does in fact provide a direct link to the image, random internet users are rejected from viewing it until they browse to the 'share link' page, view it, and THEN re-view the direct URL file.
Point in short order: no authorization logic/redirect should get in the way of a publicly shared file especially when accessed directly. "Public" users aren't a user group - they're precisely NOT a user group. They're everyone else.
It is absolutely ridiculous that we can share with link but the links are not direct. I want to run scripts but it is impossible with the current way OneDrive gives INDIRECT LINKS.
No Casey! We dont have! The 'direct link' is fake. I am going to explain what´s a direct link:
1. you click;
2. download starts.
What happens with onedrive 'direct links':
1. you click;
2. you are directed to onedrive direct link;
3. you click on direct link;
4. download starts.
I don't think OneDrive allows you direct links. All the reason to avoid it and deal with Dropbox, they allow direct links on their paid accounts.
Eric Campbell commented
I can not find any of my photos from june 1 2016, through July 125 2016
Trying to use a link in my excel spreadsheet to pull data from an excel file on Onedrive. I have multiple users that use the excel spreadsheet and need to update links by accessing the file located in my Onedrive folder. Is it possible to make this happen?
Tiredof Allofit commented
i'm so efffing sick of this problem
Karl F commented
Searching "OneDrive download link" it's how I found the solution I needed. Method changes over the years. This page was helpful http://metadataconsulting.blogspot.com/2014/05/how-to-get-direct-download-link-from.html?m=1
Related, but not same: This past week I had to **** a user zip Excel files for download because on the ODfB side they only displayed in Excel web and could not be saved when shared via link.
Diego Giglio commented
Hello Casey, I think I can tell more details.
When I do a image sharing. I've the option to get a direct link like that: "https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=2A1038ED216A4D05!1688&authkey=!AD0-2PonBKThx4E&v=3&ithint=photo%2cjpg", but if I put this link in my email signature, the client (Outlook) can't load this.
There are a service that working with this concept it is the tinypic.com
I hope help you.
He means he wants directs links to files obviously. And non dynamic ones. You can't embbed Onedrive files in forums. "We don't support dynamic files, please use a proper direct link to the file." It's nearly the feature I most need, having a direct link to render the PNG images in the browser in full quality and without your idiotic viewer and its ******** compression that murders the file completely. 2016 FFS!!
Ryan Hill commented
Late reply, but I want this as well. It should be an option when generating a link. The link that OneDrive creates does not work for embedding an image into a forum, for example.
P.S. there are ways to get the direct link, but they are all sort of manual and time consuming. This is such a common functionality of sharing on the internet that I'm not sure why it isn't built in (yet) to OneDrive.
Vladimir Lysak commented
Now you can get a direct link to an image. Make a public access to the picture. But the path is too long. Example:
I would like to get a direct link to any file type, not just images. It can be used for hosting websites!
Iain Hallam commented
I suspect this means wanting to be able to generate a direct link to a file, and have the file itself download instead of presenting a webpage that shows the file.