How to force download a file from Dropbox URL

So you’ve been given a Dropbox URL and you want to download the file, but it opens in your browser and there’s no option to download?

Here’s a quick and easy way to take that URL and turn it into a downloadable link.

In this example we’ll use this link

To make the link download – simply

  1. replace www with dl
  2. replace dl=0 to dl=1

For example

Now instead of the file opening from Dropbox it will prompt to download/save the file.


Please note: many browsers by default open PDF files inside the browser. If this happens you need to use the browsers File -> Save as options to save the file.