- Create permalinks easily by browing your Google Drive files and folders. Just click the button below to connect.
- Connect Google Drive
As the popularity of gdURL grows, it is becoming increasingly difficult for our server to keep up with demand. Your support would be greatly appreciated and will help prevent this service from having to shut down!
Can I see an example?
Sure! Here's a public Google Drive file URL you can play with. Click to insert it into the form above:
Do you track views?
Yes! You are provided multiple versions of your permalink. For each method, we track every time the link is used by anyone.
What else can you do for me?
In addition to a direct link to any file and the ability to display any image on a web page (in an <IMG> tag), you are also provided special codes that you can use to embed supported file types (such as .PDF and even .ZIP) in a fancy file viewer on any web page.
Will an HTML page work?
Yes! You can link to an HTML file that's in your Drive storage just fine. However, keep in mind that any images or other resources referenced on the page must have a full URL (including "http://" and a domain) otherwise a web browser will not know how to load them.
Pro tip: You can create a gdURL for each of those resources if you'd like, so the whole page could be hosted via Google Drive.
How do I find a file's public URL in Google Drive...?
The simplest way to create permalinks is to browse your Google Drive files and folders by connecting to your account above. The old-fashioned method is to copy the URL from Google Drive and pasting it. To do that, follow these four simple steps to access a file's public URL in your Google Drive folders:
Right-click on the desired file.
In the pop-up menu hover over Share... and click Share... in the sub-menu.
The Sharing settings form appears.
Click Change... in the Who has access section.
The Visibility options form appears.
Select the Public on the web option and click the Save button.
You are returned to the Sharing settings form.
Copy the Link to share URL to your clipboard and paste it here at gdURL.com. That's it!
Are executable files allowed?
Sorry, not any longer. They used to be permitted because it was assumed that Google would not allow its users to submit viruses to the Drive service, however some malicious users have proven that to be an incorrect assumption. Thus, executable applications are no longer accepted by gdURL.com.
I created an image link. Why won't it load?
If your image is very large in size (the exact minimum is unclear), Google cannot scan it for viruses, and when you open the file via a web browser, Drive will display a page with a warning message instead of the actual image itself.
In short, this means you can't directly load an image stored at Google Drive if it's too large. :-(
What's up with the new advertising?
I know ads are annoying, but servers are expensive, so it's just an attempt to get some help paying the bills from the loyal gdURL users who appreciate the service. You could also help by donating.
Thanks for your support and appreciation!
Are there any disadvantages?
The biggest problem with sharing links to your Google Drive files in general (whether via gdURL or just directly from Drive) is that Google limits the amount of traffic to your files. It's unclear what the limitation is, but once too much bandwidth or too many views have occurred for a file within a short period of time, Google will stop allowing people to load it temporarily.