How to Use Dropbox as Your Photo Sharing Gallery

If you need to sell something online, or easily share photos with family – Dropbox offers a simple and dazzling solution.

If you need to sell something online, or easily share photos with family – Dropbox offers a simple and dazzling solution.  Dropbox photo galleries will display our entire selection of photos at any resolution, and the interface is both practical and aesthetically pleasing.  We’ve looked at using Dropbox and public links once before, but this time we’ll be combining the public linkability with the Dropbox Photo Gallery on the fly feature.

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What You Might Need

Scenario: Let’s say I want to take a spare tire I have laying around and sell it on craigslist.  I’ve gone ahead and taken my pictures and copied them onto my computer from my camera or phone.  Now I just need to copy the files onto the internet so potential buyers can see them.  The problem however with sites like Craigslist is they only allow you to upload a few photos of that thing you’re trying to sell. So that’s where this groovy free photo gallery feature from Dropbox comes in.

Before: (on my computer)

pictures on my windows computer

After: (on the web, via my Dropbox)

dropbox online gallery

Want to learn how to do it?  Before we get started, here’s just a few things to note:

  • Showing people one gallery on your account does not give them access to the rest of your Dropbox.
  • Anyone with the link to your Gallery will be able to see it, even if it is not in your Public folder.
  • You can remove these photos from the online gallery by simply deleting them or moving them into a different folder.
  • This How to was written assuming that you already have Dropbox installed on your computer.

Turn a Dropbox Folder into a semi-private Online Photo Gallery

Step 1

Copy the photos you want to share via Dropbox Galleries into an Empty folder.  Now copy that Folder into your Dropbox\Photos directory.

It’s important to group your photos into their own folders because that is how Dropbox creates galleries.  You cannot create a Gallery using individual files. In my example, I create a folder names Tire and copied it into my Dropbox\Photos folder.

transfer pictures to dropbox folder

Step 2

Right-click the folder you just moved or created in Dropbox\Folders\ and SelectDropbox > Copy Public Gallery Link.

Note: we’re still in Windows explorer here, not on the dropbox website

copy public dropbox gallery link

Step 3

Now, all that is left to do is paste the URL in your web browser and you can view the online gallery. paste link to view online dropbox


If everything looks good, all that is left to do now is share the link with your friends, family, coworkers, clients, or whoever you want to see it.  Just remember, whoever you give the URL to can also share it with others and all it takes to access the gallery is the web address.  Picasa makes a mean alternative, especially now with their free small photo and video storage, but Dropbox gives you 2GB for free, and if you refer enough people you can get up to 11GB without paying a dime; enough space for all of your high-quality photos and then some.  Unfortunately, Dropbox galleries don’t show videos yet…



  1. Beyond_Life

    March 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm


  2. benn

    January 19, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Good guide but the the mac version of dropbox does’t have
    copy public gallery link for some reason.


  3. benn

    January 19, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Oh don’t worry figured it out, all working now.

    • Steve Krause

      January 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Benn – Great! I’m glad I could help (sorta). ;)

  4. Rob

    February 16, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Thank You Steve –

    Do you know if there is any ’embed’ HTML we can use to display the contents of a gallery folder on another web page?


  5. gauz

    May 9, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Nice info… thanks…
    this is my gallery

  6. John Smith

    October 6, 2013 at 10:28 am

    My friends can see the folder and its contents thanks to your excellent instructions. Some asked if there was a way they could copy some of the pictures to their own computer – but not all of them.

    I can’t work out how to select individual pictures for downloading other than one a time – which is a pain when there dozens to copy.

    • Steve Krause

      October 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Have them Right Click the Photo and Save it to their computer.


      • John Smith

        October 6, 2013 at 11:13 pm

        Thanks, but no, it doesn’t work to solve the problem I have. Right clicking gives the option to save only the current picture. In the first – and test – folder there are 75 pictures.

        It takes 6 clicks to save one picture and I guess each recipient will want to save around 30-50. Like I said, this is a real pain when there are dozens to copy; I don’t think they will become DropBox users.

        The wish is for them to be able to select those that they like and then download them in one go, like you do with File Explorer and other programs. Is that possible? Do you know if SkyDrive or Google Drive can do what we want?

  7. Betsy

    June 16, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Big problem. When I moved my photo folders from pc to dropbox the were moved as shortcuts. I get a message to open app to get into photos because they were ink extensions. Dropbox told me to copy originals over from my pc. Unfortunately, I moved the files so I no longer have originals. What do I do? Some files I see in dropbox also have picasa extensions. Can I revert process and move them back to pc and start over or have I lost all my pics. Gosh I hope u can help

  8. Anne Beach

    August 21, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS30 camera. When I put my sd card in the pc, only the pics show in the list, never the videos. I thought I was ruining all my videos, but now I find out you have to load Lumix’s Photofun software to find the darn videos, then convert them and then copy to PC. So I am trying to find videos from pics I took a year ago and stored to DROPBOX. However when I move the DB pics to MY PICS, the software says it can not read pictures because they are not “supported.” I am a grammy and way over my head and would love it if you know what the heck I am supposed to be doing. TIA

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