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I just began to discover Ubuntu One. I upload a video on my account, and put it in a folder.

I would like to know whether it is possible to share this folder or this file simply by giving the url in forum (in a message), so that anyone can download the file, with no need to have an Ubuntu One account.

(a bit like PhotoBucket, where you can share pictures and videos and folders to people with ou without PhotoBucket, and anyone can download them)

Thank you in advance for your answers.

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On one.ubuntu.com

You can share a certain file by using the button "Publish file". This option is revealed when you click the "More" button on the right.

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Once clicked, it will provide an URL you can share with everybody. As far as I know this doesn't work for folders.

On your machine

You can even share a certain file from within your UbuntuOne-Folder. Right-click it and choose Ubuntu-One -> Publish.

In the same right-click menu the same menu you can Copy the URL to clipboard (for me this point is always greyed out, whether the file is published or not. It works anyways.)

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you have the option to rename the URL, which is recommended if you are sharing on a forum –  daithib8 Jun 3 '12 at 13:21
    
@daithib8 : I can't find this option. Where is it? And why should the URL be renamed? –  serve.chilled Jun 3 '12 at 13:42
    
@serve.chilled You can use u1.to to create custom URLs to published files on Ubuntu One, but that is a third party service. –  dobey Jun 3 '12 at 13:54
    
Thanks, @dobey. But: no legal information on the website, no whois-information - seems odd to me... –  serve.chilled Jun 3 '12 at 14:10
    
when you publish a file, you'll see a dialogue box to rename, otherwise you'll get fjidyjvddyjvddt.bin instead of goodies.deb –  daithib8 Jun 3 '12 at 14:21

I would encourage Ubuntu One for this usage on condition you are very careful, because there are a few quirks. A file name without an extension will be given a .bin extension. Likewise if any file is downloaded with wget. If you rename a file in Ubuntu one without unpublishing it first, then the recipient will receive a file with the original name. And the files often get saved and named as the last part of the url which can be a problem if you download many files and wish to be able to tell them apart. On my stock Android browser this is the case, though not in Chromium on Ubuntu, where Nautilus is able to save the file under its original name. Minor niggles, to be sure, likely to be fixed in time.

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