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Upload Web Files Directly to Dropbox from the Web (Updated)

Since Dropbox acts as an automatically syncing extension of your computer’s hard drive, setting downloads to go directly there save a lot of time. This Chrome extension does just that.

Update: The Chrome extension written about in this article is no longer supported or available. You might want to check out Dropbox for Gmail instead. Or install the official Dropbox app for your phone and computer.

Dropbox and Web Files

Did you ever need to save a file from the web so that you could use it on other devices? This Google Chrome add-on makes the process much simpler, which will send files straight to your Dropbox folder from the right-click menu. Here’s how.

First, install Download to Dropbox.

download to dropbox

You will then be asked to sign in to your Dropbox account (If you aren’t already signed in) and allow the extension to connect with your Dropbox (you can always remove it from the list of allowed apps).

download to dropbox allow

After that’s done, make sure you restart Google Chrome. You’ll notice that you now have a new option in your right-click menu, allowing you to save basically everything from the web pages you visit your Dropbox. In the screenshot below, I’m using it to save a trailer. You keep the mouse cursor on the link, right-click, then click Upload to Dropbox.

download to dropbox upload

That’s it! The file will be downloaded into your Dropbox. It’s not very fast, but it does work pretty well.

download to dropbox uploading

You’ll find the saved files under Apps/Downloads from Chrome in your Dropbox folder (the same one where free books you get from Project Gutenberg are saved).

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Claire Broadley

    A lovely idea, well-executed. Thanks for blogging about this. Installing it now!

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