How Do I Use Dropbox as a Web Server?


Angela Bailey

Are you looking for a way to host your website or web application without investing in expensive server infrastructure? Look no further than Dropbox!

Yes, you heard it right. Dropbox can be used as a web server, allowing you to host your website files and make them accessible to the world. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of using Dropbox as a web server.

Step 1: Create a Dropbox Account

If you don’t already have one, start by creating a Dropbox account. Simply visit the Dropbox website and sign up for an account. Once you have created an account and logged in, you are ready to move on to the next step.

Step 2: Create a Public Folder

In order to serve your website files from Dropbox, you need to create a public folder. By default, Dropbox does not create this folder for new accounts anymore, but we can still enable it easily.

To enable the public folder feature:

  • Step 2.1: Go to your Dropbox account settings by clicking on your profile picture in the top right corner.
  • Step 2.2: Navigate to the “Account” tab.3: Under the “Sharing” section, click on “Turn on” next to “Share link controls”.

Congratulations! You have now successfully enabled the public folder feature in your Dropbox account.

Step 3: Upload Your Website Files

In order for your website to be served from Dropbox, you need to upload your website files into the newly created public folder.

To upload files:

  • Step 3.1: Click on the “Files” tab in your Dropbox account.
  • Step 3.2: Open the newly created “Public” folder.3: Upload your website files by dragging and dropping them into the folder or by clicking on the “Upload files” button.

Note: Only files placed inside the public folder will be accessible through the web server.

Step 4: Obtain Public URLs for Your Website Files

In order to access your website files through a web browser, you need to obtain public URLs for each file. These URLs will allow anyone to view your website files.

To obtain public URLs:

  • Step 4.1: Navigate to the file you want to share in your Dropbox account.
  • Step 4.2: Right-click on the file and select “Copy Dropbox link”.

The copied link is a direct URL to your file, which can be shared with anyone who wants to access it.

Step 5: Access Your Website Files

Now that you have obtained public URLs for your website files, you can access them through a web browser by simply pasting the URL into the address bar.

Your website should now be accessible from anywhere with an internet connection!


In this tutorial, we have learned how to use Dropbox as a web server. By following these steps, you can easily host your website or web application without the need for expensive server infrastructure.

Dropbox provides a simple and cost-effective solution for hosting static websites or sharing files with others. So, give it a try and start serving your website files from Dropbox today!

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