If you want to upload a file so that it can be distributed to others, there are hundreds of different services to perform that task. File hosting comes in different categories and a popular type is cloud hosting where you can use services like Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, DropBox and iCloud. These are more geared towards personal storage and sharing files with friends, family and work colleagues.
Other file hosting options include services more suited to posting the links anywhere so that anyone can download the file. Sites like Rapidgator, MEGA and ZippyShare are better for this purpose. However, unless you pay a subscription fee, many of them have hosting limitations which place restrictions on what and how others can download the file you’ve uploaded.
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Just a few of the annoyances are; a dedicated page to download the file with advertisements (sometimes containing fake download buttons), the requirement to solve a Captcha, waiting several seconds or minutes before the download can start and often the file download speed is restricted.
To get around most of these problems, we list seven free file hosting services where files can be downloaded via direct links. This removes the need for users to visit download pages first and the nuisances associated with them.1. Anonfile
Anonfile is a pretty simple service that offers a generous 20GB maximum upload per file. The absolute maximum that can be uploaded per day is 5,000 files or 100GB in total. Those restrictions should be more than enough for most users.
To upload a file just click the Upload button and select a file (select multiple files with Shift or Ctrl + click). The file will upload and show the download link once finished. Click the Copy button to copy the link and then paste it into your browser to visit the download page. Right click the Download button and copy the link to get the real URL which can directly download the file.
Files can potentially be left on the server and available for download permanently but will be deleted if certain conditions are met. Uploads that violate the terms of service can obviously be removed along with files that are over three months old and have never been downloaded or are over six years old but have not been downloaded for over five years.
There is an option to create an account which keeps a record of what files you have uploaded. Another advantage of an account is download links and files can be removed, just press the X button next to the link. Only a username and password is required to create the account so don’t forget those credentials. Emails are not used at all meaning there is no password recovery option.
Anonfile actually links to another service called Bayfiles, which in turn links to Megaupload. All three websites are identical in how they work so you can use any of them, only the visual themes are different.
The Filesend service is very easy to use and doesn’t have any extra functions to speak of, just upload a file and get the link. Files will be uploaded with a time limit that will expire the link and delete the file after a set period. Those time limits are 7 days, 14 days, 21 days and 30 days. Note that AtOnline Drive listed on the right is a different cloud storage service that requires registration.
The website accepts drag and drop onto the page or clicking a button and selecting through a file requester. One file or multiple files can be dropped or selected with Ctrl or Shift + click. When the file has uploaded, do not click on Copy Link. Instead, right click on the generic icon where the file name and size are, then copy the link. You can also copy the link of the Download button for a single file but not multiple files.
There is no mention of a maximum file size limit or any other possible limits like bandwidth. It’s great if there are no restrictions like that or very high limits but it would be nice to know. A 55GB file was accepted and began uploading but we don’t know if it would have completed successfully (our connection isn’t fast enough to upload it completely).
A good thing about FileTransfer is it’s transparent about what the free upload service offers because the limitations are displayed on its homepage. You can upload files of up to 6GB in size, they will be available to download for 21 days and can be downloaded a total of 50 times. A paid premium account lifts some limitations but free and unregistered should be enough for most users.
To get direct download links with FileTransfer, click Send Files and drag and drop a file onto the browser window or select manually via a file requester. Do note that if you select multiple files for upload at once they will be zipped into a single package when it comes to a direct download. If you want one download link for one file, upload the files individually. Click “Files chosen, continue” to upload the file.
When the upload process is complete, click the Copy Link tab and then the Copy Link button. With the link in the clipboard, you can get the direct link one of two ways. Append “?do=download” to the URL or paste the copied link into the browser, right click on the “Download Data Package” button and copy the link address. It ends up being the same URL either way.
In addition to a paid account, a free account can also be created. There isn’t much extra you get, but if you want a history of uploads and downloads or the option to add comments to files (not relevant for direct links), then it may be worth signing up for.
In terms of simplicity and ease of use, File.io has no frills and will simply provide you with a direct download link once the file has been uploaded. The maximum file size is 5GB per upload and you are allowed up to 100 uploads per day. There are paid plans but the prices are pretty massively high and designed more for professional users and websites.
You can drag one or more files onto a small red drop target on the main page or add them manually via the Upload button. Each file will upload in turn with its own unique direct link so it’s probably best to only upload a few files at any one time. Simply press the Copy Link button to put the direct link for the file into the Clipboard.
Each file can only be downloaded once and then it’s deleted, so don’t try to test the download yourself. There is a manual option to set a time limit so the file gets deleted even if it doesn’t get downloaded. Information on how to do it is at the bottom of the main page but the process will be tricky for many users. Downloading the file yourself when you want to expire it will have the same end result and is much easier.
AnonymousFiles lists on its homepage a number of things that it does or does not do to better look after your privacy. It promises not to store or log any data, not to monitor or share your files and that it’s servers are based outside of the EU or US. The service currently has a 5GB maximum file upload size.
To upload to AnonymousFiles, drop a file into the box on the web page or click in the box to choose a file manually. Once the file has uploaded, don’t click Copy URL but click on the URL itself to open the download window in another browser tab. Right click on the Click to download button and copy the link to get the direct download link.
If you open the Options window from the main page, a box is available where you can enter an expiry date. This can be from 1 hour up to 6 months in the form of 1-24h, 1-7d, 1-4w, 1-6m. The numbers can’t be mixed and matched so 1w3d for example (10 days) wouldn’t work. A Noindex checkbox is also in the options and we’re not sure why it doesn’t default to on as the service is seemingly big on privacy.
6 & 7. Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive
Most people are likely to already have a Google or Microsoft account with free cloud storage included. Although they don’t offer direct links by default there is a way to edit the share links they provide to force a direct download instead of directing the user to a download page. The websites listed below will do it for you automatically.
YTOMP4 Direct Link Generator
YTOMP4 is primarily a link generator for YouTube but also has a separate page for creating OneDrive and Google Drive direct links. Just paste the link, click Generate and then Copy. Dropbox is also listed but be careful as we’ve had Dropbox accounts banned in the past for privately sharing just a few Megabytes of legitimate files.
Direct Link Generator
This is another direct link generator for Google Drive, OneDrive and DropBox. It also supports all Google Document types for download provided you have the share link and add a format type at the end. Simply paste in a link and click Generate.
WonderPlugin Google Drive Direct Link Generator
WonderPlugin is a WordPress plugin developer that hosts an online Google Drive direct link generator. It has a guide on how to create shareable links and also tells you about the 100MB limit that most other websites or link generators don’t even mention.
Note: Don’t overuse the Google Drive or OneDrive methods as your download could be blocked or your entire account could even be suspended if you are deemed to be abusing the service. We’d recommend you avoid posting those links on public forums, blogs and social media and use them for personal sharing only. If you are going to freely share your direct links it would be better to create an account just for that purpose.
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Please which hosting site has unlimited file upload space with unlimited durationReply
You forgot the racaty.net its one the best site with no storage limitations or nothing and no extensive adsReply
They don’t offer direct links, ya fool.Reply
dbree.org (300MB Free Storage) – is a great service; anonymous and the download speeds are extremely fast.
Majority of these websites listed in the article proxy the files through Cloudflare which breaks their terms and conditions. Anon is the slowest in the list as everything goes through a VPN.Reply
Gofile.io is a great service. The download page has no ads, trackers, or anything like that and you can right-click the download button and copy the link for a direct link.Reply
I Think mediafire.com Is Best For file sharing.
More Websites :-
mediafire.com (10GB Free Storage)
drive.google.com (15GB Free Storage)
degoo.com (100GB Free Storage)
Mega.nz (50GB Free Storage)Reply
You can also add ultifiles.com to this list, i use it for a while now and it’s good as a hosting service.Reply
Is it not available now?Reply
Have you seen fireload.com? They offer unlimited cloud storage without speed limitations and best of all it’s free!Reply
Not good, Paid option limits you to 5gb files, and they ask 18$ per month. Too muchReply
here is another website that provide direct download link of your uploaded file. no need to wait for timer. just upload your file and get direct download link.
Hey!, can you please tell me more File Hosting Websites with Direct Download Links for free?Reply
Galaxy is right, this is not a proper direct link service. Try to download the link from a different IP address and you get the not authorized error.
When you try these services you have to make sure the direct link works with a different IP or they become almost useless.Reply
that’s correct. Author wasted his time copying direct links, it doesn’t work externallyReply
You are right it a good service. worth trying.Reply
Thankxxx ……really helped me…….Reply
I think Google drive is easy to useReply
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There are multiple ways to download files from the internet. Still one of the most popular methods is using BitTorrent, but downloading your files from a Cyberlocker is also common. A Cyberlocker is an online file storage service that you can upload files to and then give the links to other users so they can download your files from the service. The most well known service, Rapidshare, is long gone, but others like RapidGator, Uploaded and ZippyShare are names you might have heard of.
While most cyberlocker type services have a free download option, it’s usually restricted in some way. It will usually be by restricting the number of downloads in a certain time period and/or capping download speeds. The number of online file hosting services changes all the time and some get shut down while other new ones appear, but there’s always several to choose from.
To try and keep your uploaded files available for longer, using a service to upload a file to a number of these services at once is quite useful. You only have to upload the file once and it’s automatically redistributed to the selected hosting services. Here we list a total of 15 file spreading or multi host services which will allow you to distribute your files onto several cyberlocker sites in one go.1. MultiFileMirror
- File upload method: Local upload without signing up. Remote upload, FTP upload and URL leech also possible if you create a free account.
- Supported upload hosts: Choice of 12 hosts (30 with an account) from a possible 37.
- File size limit: 400MB or 450MB with an account
- Other notes: Desktop app available to upload files. Can upload 10 files at once (increases to 20 with a free account),
- File upload method: Local upload, Remote URL upload. File Leech is listed as “Coming soon”.
- Supported upload hosts: Total of 30 (7 require a free account), can choose up to 15.
- File size limit: 5GB or 10GB with a free account (host dependent).
- Other notes: Enter email to receive notification once uploads are complete. Password protect the downloads.
- File upload method: Local and remote upload. Download files from torrent or Magnet links and upload grabber from other hosts available after free registration.
- Supported upload hosts: 14 from a maximum of 32 which includes 2 streaming hosts. Hosts which require an account to upload are marked with a star.
- File size limit: 100GB (host permitting)
- Other notes: Separate MultiUp Manager Windows application, available API for your own uploading service.
4. Embed Upload
- File upload method: Remote HTTP/FTP upload or local upload. The basic uploader does not work so you have to use the Flash based uploader.
- Supported upload hosts: Supports up to 9 from a total of 15 hosts. Mega is added and the number of selectable hosts increases to 11 after free registration.
- File size limit: 200MB to 3.1GB per file depending on the host (hover over host to get limit).
- Other notes: Enter a description and send a download link to another email. Can upload 5 files at once or 21 by signing up. Free account lets you send your links through adf.ly advertising service.
- File upload method: Local upload, remote requires free registration.
- Supported upload hosts: 10 from a maximum of 21 hosts.
- File size limit: 400MB for local upload, 200MB for remote upload.
- Other notes: Upload up to 10 files at once, click Additional options to password protect the uploads. At the time of testing the free account does not seem to work as it didn’t send the activation code to our email.
- File upload method: Local and remote upload (direct links only)
- Supported upload hosts: 20, you can choose up to 12 hosts at once or 16 by registering
- File size limit: 200MB unregistered or 500MB registered
- Other notes: Upload 3 files at once by registering for a free account.
- File upload method: Local for unregistered users, also remote for registered users.
- Supported upload hosts: 70 of which you can upload to 12 at once.
- File size limit: Listed on each mirror
- Other notes: Enter your email to be notified about download links and status. Multi upload directs you to a third party tool call File and image uploader. Limit of 10 uploads for visitors, remove the limit by registering for free.
- File upload method: Local file or remote URL.
- Supported upload hosts: Can choose up to 8 from a total of 47 mirrors.
- File size limit: 400MB, maximum file size is listed with each host.
- Other notes: Send URL link to your email. 5 second countdown timer. Earn money scheme for every download via GigaMirror.
- File upload method: Local file or remote URL.
- Supported upload hosts: 40 file mirrors. Up to 16 available for each upload. Select up to 10 files for uploading.
- File size limit: Upload file size limits listed on the “Mirror list” page.
- Other notes: API available so you can use the PHP for your own custom service.
- File upload method: Local or remote uploads.
- Supported upload hosts: Unregistered users can choose up to 6 from a possible 35 hosts. The limit is increased to 9 for registered users.
- File size limit: 400MB or 1GB for registered users.
- Other notes: Send upload status to email. 7 second countdown timer to download.
- File upload method: Local or remote upload, drag and drop supported.
- Supported upload hosts: Choose up to 12 from a possible 33 mirrors.
- File size limit: 400MB or 200MB for remote uploads.
- Other notes: Files can be password protected, links can also be emailed to you. Windows batch uploading desktop tool available. Can upload up to 10 files simultaneously.
- File upload method: Local file or remote.
- Supported upload hosts: Can select up to 5 from 18 hosts.
- File size limit: 50MB – 10GB depending on the host.
- Other notes: 30 second timer.
- File upload method: Local and remote uploads, selectable via Upload menu on the web page.
- Supported upload hosts: Select 15 mirrors from a total of 81 hosts, 13 are disabled unless you register for a free account.
- File size limit: Up to 1000MB
- Other notes: Upload up to 10 files at once. During testing the registration wasn’t working so you can’t unlock the 13 disabled hosts.
- File upload method: Local and remote options (remote requires a free account).
- Supported upload hosts: can select 10 hosts (12 with an account) from a total of 22.
- File size limit: 50MB – 10GB depending on the host.
- Other notes: Upload up to 10 files at once (12 with an account). Test uploads automatically on VirusTotal. Buttons to select popular, stable or longest storage hosts automatically. Affiliate payment system. FTP uploads to personal space with account.
- File upload method: Remote (requires registration) or local file upload.
- Supported upload hosts: Select up to 15 of 23 file hosts in total.
- File size limit: 200MB
- Other notes: 10 second timer to downloads. Link to email option.
Note: Although all these services were working at the time of writing, with the volatile nature of cyberlocker services and different websites changing their code or going down almost daily, we can’t really advise you which is the best. This is why we have a list of 15, if one is down or doesn’t suit your needs, try the next service.
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Some of these mirrors are offline or have too restrictive limits. Check BoomyCloud, it is free and works a little differently in that files are automatically mirrored using a decentralized backend with redundancy, meaning files will still be available even if the main site is offline or blocked and there are no file size or bandwidth limitations.Reply
MiRRORACE and MULTIUP the best host mirrorReply
Some websites are dead.Reply
And, in your opinion what are the fastest free host servers?
best: megashare, bitshare & zippyshare
next: Mediafire y 4shared, suprafiles.
The worst ones are: uploaded, rapidgator, turbobit, letitbit.Reply
Zippyshare and solidfiles are my favorite without stupid limits
Hate uploaded, rapidgator, turbobit, letitbit
awesome list, thx for your workReply
Good , Thanks ! :DReply
Very Good File Mirror Hosting Website!Reply
Thanks for the list Ray!Reply
Great Post dudeReply
Nice. Will need to use this when my hosting run out of bandwidth limit. :)Reply
cool. you is the best Ray.Reply
very very thanks ….Reply
you helping many peoples through this post. thanksReply
Added to favourites, thanks Raymond.
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Very useful ray. Thanks for this one. :)Reply
Nice, very useful :DReply
Good list you made there ray,was just 2 weeks ago someone asked for a list of multi hosts and i think i gave them about 6 good ones, all of which are on your list.
But now you have a big list i can pass some more too them.Reply
great find Ray.Reply