I have Ubuntu One installed in my Windows 7 Desktop. I want to share a folder with a few friends who do not have an account in Ubuntu One and don't want to create one as well.

  • This is english speaking resource. Please translate or this question probably will be closed. – Andrejs Cainikovs Jan 18 '12 at 12:55
  • This question is about how to share files with friends? This is not Ubuntu related, is it? – jasperado Jan 18 '12 at 13:32

If you're a bit of a programmer, there is a script at http://www.kryogenix.org/days/2012/04/18/publishing-a-folder-with-ubuntu-one which will allow you to "publish" a whole folder. It requires Python to work; it will work fine on Ubuntu 12.04, but I'm not able to test it on Windows -- I'd love to hear reports from U1 and Python users on Windows as to whether it works!

  • If you have another folder inside the shared folder, how does that work? – jokerdino Apr 18 '12 at 15:43
  • at the moment, my script ignores subfolders. It wouldn't be hard to make it deal with them, it just doesn't at the moment :) – sil Apr 19 '12 at 9:38
  • I've windows. it got me 2 hours of very intensive searching, installing and tweaking but finally the index file was uploaded and the files were published. I'd share my findings but I totally ran out of my time. hopefully later I can do it. – n611x007 Jan 11 '13 at 13:06

You cannot share the whole folder/directory.
But you can share all the files in it:

  1. Select all the files you want to share, click on them with the right mouse button and select 'Ubuntu One' --> 'publish'.
  2. Now you can select 'Copy web link' and paste it e.g. in an E-Mail to your friends.

Repeat this for every file you want to share.


It is currently not possible to publish files on Windows using the UbuntuOne client. To share files you have to log-in to the UbuntOne website and go to:

'Files' > click on 'Details' > and click the 'Share' button

  • But he wants to know how to share a folder, not files. publishing a every file individually is pretty braindead if you have man files in the folder. This is what keeps me from using it. – Marty Fried Oct 3 '12 at 4:05
  • If you want to share a folder you have - as in Ubuntu - to create a ZIP file containing the folder. Then share the ZIP file. – Paradiesstaub Oct 5 '12 at 10:16
  • That's why I continue to use Dropbox, which allows me to create and share a folder of photos with friends without requiring membership or other tedious "solutions". I thought Ubuntu One was going to be great until I went to the trouble of trying to use it. It's really only useful for private sharing with myself. – Marty Fried Oct 5 '12 at 20:25

Bit of a late comer to this question, but I've just figured out a foolproof way of doing that is mega quick, just 3 commands in terminal (building on the top answer):

# download the program script from the internet
wget http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~sil/+junk/utility-programs/download/head:/u1publishfolder-20120417145707-dzynnctfx0qgro9a-1/u1-publish-folder
sudo mv u1-publish-folder /bin/ # place the binary into the right directory
sudo chmod -g+rwx /bin/u1-publish-folder # add read, write and execute permissions

After that it should just work:

u1-publish-folder /home/robin/Ubuntu One/Worldwide # publish folder to the internet

Created a shared folder for me that I'd been wanting to share for ages.

For a more detailed explanation on this, please see this small tutorial: http://robinlovelace.net/softare/2013/10/23/publishing-folders-ubuntu1.html

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