On this page, we have gathered a few simple steps on how to obtain the direct download (raw content) URL from multiple service providers, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and Amazon S3.


For Dropbox files:

To force a browser to download the contents of a link rather than display it, you can use dl=1 as a query parameter in your URL. For example:



For Google Drive files:

If the link is shared from Google Drive itself, it will look something like this:


To force it to download, we take the file_id and build the following URL:


For documents exported from Google Docs, Sheets, and Presentations the format is a bit different but the idea is the same:

  • Docs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/file_id/export?format=pdf
  • Spreadsheets: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/file_id/export?format=xlsx
  • Presentations: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/file_id/export/pdf


Amazon S3

If you create a bucket named mybucket in the US West (Oregon) Region, and you want to access the invoice.pdf object in that bucket, you can use the following path-style URL:



Direct links are a premium feature in Box, unavailable on free personal accounts.

At the bottom of the shared link settings pop-up, you will find a direct link to your file. A direct link is a web address (URL) that links directly to a file (without using Box Preview).

Please refer to their documentation for more information.


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