Have you ever needed to send a file to a friend or coworker, but didn’t want to install a new program just to share a file? Email attachments often don’t cut it, and you can’t just attach a zip file to a Tweet. Sounds like you need a webapp for file sharing. The good news is, there’s tons of services that let you share files easily today, even without creating an account or paying for a new monthly subscription.
We’ve scoured the net to find the best ways to share files online today. From apps that let you share huge files for a few days to ones that let you store a ton of stuff forever, there’s something here for everyone and likely some you’ve never heard of. We’ve even included some more advanced business apps for sharing content with your customers. Here’s what you need to share files seamlessly.
Ge.tt makes it dead simple to share files for a limited time. Just select files up to 2 GB that you want to send, and you’ll get a short URL for them almost instantly while they’re still uploading. They’ll be ready for download by anyone for the next 14 days.
- Price: Free
- Storage: Individual files up to 2 GB; saved for 14 days
Aimed at businesses, Hightail is a professional, effective and, above all, secure way to send and share files. Files shared on Hightail can be accessed anywhere using web, mobile and desktop apps. The application offers unparalleled security and control, with enterprise-grade encryption, controls, and reporting features.
- Price: Free trial; $15.99/month for pro account
- Storage: Unlimited
Zoho’s catalog encompasses numerous business verticals – CRM, Accounting, Custom Support, Reporting, HR, Project Management, etc. Zoho Docs is its collaboration tool, with online file storage and sharing and chat messaging key to its popularity. It’s a secure system with low cost and maintenance.
- Price: Freemium or subscription starting from $3/month
- Storage: 1GB free
Business app, Folloze is a way to supercharge your sales force by sharing content with your customers online. The app is based around sharing content with prospects, customers and colleagues. With An API available for use, and integrations with Salesforce Sales Cloud, Gmail, Jive, SharePoint, LinkedIn and SlideShare, Folloze can be used in a wide variety of ways.
- Price: Freemium or subscription model/li>
- Storage: n/a
Need to send a file for just a short period of time? Senduit lets you upload a file and share it for between 30 minutes and 1 week. 2 clicks and your file’s ready to share, and you’ll never have to worry about deleting it to clear up space.
- Price: Free
- Storage: Files up to 100 MB; saved for up to 1 week
If you’re running a business with specific needs, you might want to look for a business tool that includes file sharing capabilities. For instance, Team on the Run is a full collaboration and communications suite created for businesses. It offers secure messaging, cloud storage access and file sharing, VoIP calls and much more. Free for up-to five users, Team on the Run is a work power tool for smartphones, tablets and PCs.
- Price: From $3 per user per month
- Storage: n/a
Box.net may be known as the enterprise document sharing standard, but it can be a handy tool for freelancers, small businesses, and more. You can upload files directly online, then manage their permissions and share them directly or with other Box.net users. Box.net also integrates with many apps, so it can be useful on the go, too.
- Price: Free; $9.99+/month
- Storage: Individual files up to 25 MB; 5 GB total storage for free
Directed at Businesses of all sized, Stellar Library is a cloud-based document management and storage for iPads, iPhones, iOS and Windows. This app aims to help you make your business paperless and offers a solution which is easy to use, simple to implement, and provides secure communication between computers and mobile devices. With no long term contracts or setup costs, plus lots of flexibility within the App, Stellar Library is very convenient.
- Price: Free Trial; $10/month subscription
- Storage: 10GB, Individual files up to 500MB, 60 days file recovery
Microsoft’s OneDrive web app is a great place to store all your photos, documents, and files. It makes it easy to view them all on any device, and you can send an email with a link to only what you share, allowing everything else in your OneDrive to remain private. OneDrive integrates with Office 365, making it a useful tool for anyone who uses Microsoft’s office products.
- Price: 7GB free for personal files
- Storage: Free for personal use, $2.50 user/month for OneDrive for Business
Dropbox is hands-down the best way to keep your files synced and shared, and is even the #1 app used by the Envato team. We’re all used to using it from our computers and mobile devices, but it also works great as a standalone webapp. You can upload up to 300 MB files from your browser and share them directly via shared or public folders. You can even get people to send you files to Dropbox with apps like AirDropper. There’s not enough good you can say about Dropbox!
- Price: Free; $9.99, $19.99/month
- Storage: 2 GB storage free; up to 1TB for premium
When you need to share files, be it for personal or business use, whether forever or for a limited period, there’s tons of web apps ready to make it easy. You don’t have to fall back on ugly sites covered in ads, nor need to fear security issues with the business solutions listed here.
Do you have a favorite of the apps we featured, or did we miss your go-to app for simple file sharing? Share your favorite web app for file sharing in the comments!
Update: This post was originally published on January 25th 2011. It was updated on June 22nd 2015.