10 Easy Sites for File Sharing

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. Here’s what you need to share files seamlessly.

Ge.tt

Ge.tt

Ge.tt

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
  • Requires: Any Modern Browser
CloudApp

CloudApp

CloudApp

CloudApp gained popularity as an extremely easy way to share files from your Mac menubar, but it works equally as good for sharing files directly from your browser. Upload up to ten 25 MB files per day for free, or upgrade for more storage. You can even add your own URL for personalized file sharing. And if you can install the app, it’s even easier directly from your Mac or PC (with FluffyApp).

  • Price: Free; $5/month
  • Storage: 25 MB/file and 10 files/day for free
  • Requires: Account; modern browser or Mac/PC app
File Dropper

File Dropper

File Dropper

Need to share really big files? File Dropper lets you upload individual files as large as 5 GB! Files are kept online for 30 days after they’re last downloaded. The only downside is that the free account is a 14 day trial; after that, you’ll have to pay $0.99/month to keep using it.

  • Price: Free 14 day trial; $0.99/month
  • Storage: Individual files up to 5 GB; pro plans offer more storage
  • Requires: Account; Any modern browser
Let's Crate

Let's Crate

Let’s Crate

Let’s Crate brings a unique twist to file sharing. You upload and store your files in crates, which you can then share or just share individual files in the crates. Your files are stored as long as you need them, or you can delete them to make room in your crates for more files. Hmm … just like real crates!

  • Price: Free; $9/month
  • Storage: Six 50 MB crates for free; 10 GB file limit on pro account
  • Requires: Account; modern browser
senduit

senduit

senduit

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
  • Requires: Any modern browser
DropSend

DropSend

DropSend

Sending a file directly to someone? DropSend lets you send up to 2 GB files directly to your recipient’s email address. Your uploaded files can also be 256-bit encrypted to make sure they stay private and secure.

  • Price: Free; $5+/month pro accounts
  • Storage: Individual files up to 2 GB; 5 file shares per month
  • Requires: Account, modern browser
Box.net

Box.net

Box.net

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
  • Requires: Chrome; runs in any modern browser
Hotfile

Hotfile

Hotfile

Hotfile makes it easy to share files quickly. Select your files, and one click later they’ll be uploading and ready to share. Hotfile offers more storage than many one-click upload services, though do note that files will be deleted if they haven’t been accessed in 90 days, so keep the links active if you want to keep your files saved online.

  • Price: Free; $9+/month pro accounts
  • Storage: Individual files up to 400 MB; saved for 90 days
  • Requires: Any modern browser
Skydrive

Skydrive

Windows Live Skydrive

Microsoft isn’t well known for making the most advanced webapps, but some of their newer ones are at least useful. Skydrive gives you 25 GB of free, online storage, and you can choose individual file permissions or share publicly. Skydrive integrates with Office Live for online document editing as well. Only problem is, to upload more than 5 files at once you’ll have to have Silverlight installed.

  • Price: Free
  • Storage: 25 GB storage, individual files up to 50 MB
  • Requires: Windows Live ID, Silverlight required for multiple file upload
Dropbox

Dropbox

Dropbox

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; browser upload capped at 300 MB files
  • Requires: Account; modern browser or desktop/mobile app

Conclusion

When you need to share files, whether forever or for a limited period, there’s tons of webapps ready to make it easy. You don’t have to fall back on ugly sites covered in ads, either. And, even if you only have access to a browser and can’t use a desktop app, you’ll still find it simple to get your files uploaded and shared. 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 webapp for file sharing in the comments!


  • Al

    It would probably be a good idea to change all the instances of Gb to GB since:
    1 Gb (gigabit) = 0.125 GB (gigabytes)

    • Al

      Also, Mb (megabit) should be MB (megabyte). 1 Mb = 0.125 MB

      • http://Web.AppStorm.net Jarel Remick

        Thanks, I’ve corrected them (and added a space). ;)

      • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

        Thanks guys … sorry I missed that! If only there was just one measure instead of 2 that are so similar :(

      • Al

        Heh, there’s also a third one:

        MiB (mebibytes), GiB (gibibytes), etc.

        1 MiB = 1.049 MB
        1 GiB = 1.074 GB

        This might be a more interesting conversion though:
        1 MB = 1000 kB (kilobytes)
        1 MiB = 1024 KiB (kibibytes)
        and
        1 GB = 1000 MB
        1 GiB = 1024 MiB

        More info here.

  • Duncan

    Nice list, but I believe that Wetransfer.com is definitely worth nothing. 2GB file size limit, stays online for two weeks and most of all, a great design! :P

    • http://sentientmeat.net Sentient Meat

      I think you meant “worth noting” instead of “worth nothing”. :-)

  • lilik

    Another good site for file sharing is WeTransfer (http://www.wetransfer.com/).

    • Tim

      WeTransfer is awful. The site takes forever to load and it is 100% Flash-based. Yuck!

  • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

    Wetransfer does look nice, thanks for mentioning it! And as mentioned on Twitter, Droplr is great for simple file sharing too; only problem is, you can’t upload files from your browser. That said, Droplr works great with the Mac or iPhone app, and windroplr brings the same great features to Windows.

    Any other favorite apps, everyone?

  • http://kloc.davidomoyele.com David O.

    I’m surprise you left out uploadrobots.com a service I discovered here on web.app storm. What I like about their services is the option to preview the shared audio or video in the browser. Box.net has this option as well.

    • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

      Ah, yes, that is another nice service. There’s so many now :)

  • http://is7s.com campuscodi

    You can easily add 4shared on this list as well.

  • http://jubillix.blogspot.com/ Jubillix

    Adrive is a little-known beast, you can store and share up to 50GB of data for FREE. No annoying ads, and once you click a download link, the file will be downloaded immediately without taking you to the original website.
    http://www.adrive.com/

  • John

    Great list! I like Filesdirect to use (http://www.filesdirect.com) when I want to send big files – easy to use, customizable dropbox, robust tracking and tons of free storage (30GB to start) make it a great tool for sharing large files. Plus, it’s completely cloud-based, so there’s nothing to download!

  • http://www.saskiadesign.nl Saskia

    I use a Mac and recently I was looking for some free space with scheduled backup facility. I came up with the next apps/clouds:

    - dropbox as mentioned but no schedule available, but the box in finder with drag and drop is awesome.
    - iDrive has a 5GB free space with desktop app where you can choose files and folders to sync on schedule, great app/service
    - Sugarsync has also 5GB free space with scheduled backup/sync, also a magic briefcase in finder where you can drag en drop
    - Mozy has 2GB free space and works with an app no folder in finder. Does have schudule option and you can choose files which will be backed up. It was a search to find the free version.
    - elephantdrive.com gives you 2GB free space with a folder on the desktop with drag and drop, you can open the app for configuration off scheduled jobs.

    I hope this contributes to the original artikel!

    • http://www.saskiadesign.nl Saskia

      I notice that my comment is a little off topic, but I thought it is useful information.

  • Willy T. Koch

    Nice article, I’ll try a few. I’ve used http://www.filemail.com up till now, but their free service expires after 3 days. Many of the services here expires after 30 days, so that’s definitely A Good Thing.

  • Maria

    Another application to transfer your files is GoMeetNow. This is basically a web conferencing solution which supports sharing files between computers. Have a look at here http://www.gomeetnow.com/

  • https://spideroak.com Daniel @ SpiderOak

    You can of course also use SpiderOak (https://spideroak.com) as previously reviewed by the appstorm network to share files with our share room through web, desktop client or mobile clients.

    Try it out for free w 2GB storage @ spideroak.com

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  • Eric

    Here’s what I’d love to have: A “dropbox,” or specified URL that I can send to friends or clients where they can upload files directly to me without the need for a second step (sending me the link).

    I deal with a lot of not-so-tech-savvy people, where a second step can make the difference between success and failure.

    Bonuses would include:
    - drag and drop functionality (drag a file from their desktop to the webapp)
    - upload whole folders (many don’t know what a .zip file is!)
    - at least a 500MB file limit

    We’re talking as easy/no-brainer as possible here.

    Thanks!
    Eric

    • fractalbit

      Receiving Files

      When you sign up with FilesDIRECT, the system generates a web page specifically for your contacts to send you files. When your contacts wish to start sending large files, they simply visit this web page, choose which file they would like to send, click “Send” and the sending process is complete. The files will be stored on the FilesDIRECT server, secured and easily accessible to you.

      FilesDIRECT automatically sends two emails upon a sucessful transfer: a confirmation to the sender, and a notification to the user. The user logs into FilesDIRECT and downloads the files as needed. FilesDIRECT is designed for large file transfer and each file can be up to 2GB in size! All files uploaded to your account are only removed from the server when you choose to do so.

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  • IMDKing

    http://www.opendrive.com/
    this is the best as far as i know

  • laccy

    minus
    sugarsync
    megaupload

  • Vladan

    Another good site for file sharing:

    http://drop.st

    5GB Free space
    Any filetype up to 200 MB (registered users)
    No Ads
    DropApp (Mac, Windows)

  • matt

    This one is also good: http://efshare.com/

    It’s a browser-to-browser file transfer tool. I like the idea that you don’t have to register any accounts or provide any information. Just walk in and use it.

  • http://www.carlahner.de Carl

    Anyone Wuala? http://www.wuala.com/ is something special in a way, but for those who need it, it is a great working service.

  • http://mega.co.nz Jonas

    mega.co.nz is a free site to share files up to 50 GB

  • john

    hello my silverlight app does not login online
    what can i do?

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