Get a direct link to public files shared at

Over the past few days, I’ve been tinkering around with the cloud storage site It’s a lot like Dropbox and the others.

After exploring Google Drive’s ability to host files and provide direct links, I wanted to see if Copy could do the same thing. Turns out it can for most files (not html). below is an example:

change this:

to this:

I made a bookmarklet that does the URL hacking for you. Follow the steps below to put it into use:

  1. Drag this link to your bookmarks bar: Clean Copy
  2. go to the public URL of a file shared at
  3. click “Clean Copy” bookmark to get a direct link to the file

(UPDATE: made some changes. The bookmarklet about doesn’t work any longer. Changing the path still seems to work fine.)


Speaking of bookmarklets, here is one that will switch your Google Drive folder to a hosting folder like I described in a previous post.

6 thoughts to “Get a direct link to public files shared at”

  1. Hi Dale – the link for “Clean Copy” does not appear to be active. Do you know if this is still something that might work? Thanks!

  2. Doesn’t seem to be working anymore, unfortunately. Can anyone confirm this, or does anyone know if it’s still possible?

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