Directly Upload Linked Files from Chrome, Firefox to Dropbox

Directly Upload Linked Files from Chrome, Firefox to Dropbox

In my university, the lecturers publish class notes on an online portal for later use. However, downloading these documents to multiple devices using the portal is time-consuming. To overcome this issue, I started using a portable Dropbox app. While it proved to be a useful workaround, uploading files directly from a browser to a Dropbox folder is a better option. This way, the files can be synced to any device when needed. Here’s how to do it in Chrome and Firefox.

Download to Dropbox for Chrome

Download to Dropbox is a useful Chrome extension that enables you to upload linked files directly to Dropbox. After installing the extension, simply click the button in your Chrome browser to authorize your Dropbox account. The authorization may result in a few failed attempts, but once completed, the icon will turn green.

Directly Upload Linked Files from Chrome, Firefox to Dropbox

To directly upload any downloadable link, such as images or documents, to Dropbox, right-click on the link and select “Upload to Dropbox” from the options. The extension will then upload the files in the background, and you can monitor the progress by clicking the extension button. The file size limit for uploads using the extension is 300 MB, as imposed by Dropbox.

Directly Upload Linked Files from Chrome, Firefox to Dropbox

When using the extension, ensure you upload the file instead of an intermediate HTML file that redirects to the download link. The extension cannot handle redirects and may upload a corrupted file.

Additionally, the extension may not function effectively on services like Hotfile and Fileserve, which have limitations for free downloads.

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All files will be saved to the folder “/Apps/Chrome Downloads/,” but this location can be customized and organized by site.

Alternative for Firefox

You can use the Download to Dropbox extension on Chrome to directly upload files. Firefox users don’t have a direct extension option, but there is an alternative called “Save Link in Folder”.

Directly Upload Linked Files from Chrome, Firefox to Dropbox

The Save Link in Folder add-on for Firefox allows you to save files directly to a specific folder, bypassing the default download location in the browser. The trick requires Dropbox for Windows to be installed on your computer. Simply right-click on the link you want to save, choose the desired folder, and the add-on will download the file directly to your Dropbox folder. The first time you use the add-on, you can edit the folders and add multiple Dropbox folders for organization purposes.

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