To give our server access to your data file, your file needs to be available from a public URL. It does not matter how you provide access to your data file, as long as the link returns the content of your data file only. When you share a file on Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive or other cloud storage, the provided link redirects to a viewer. This link cannot be resolved by our server! Your link must return the file content only. Your can test a URL that by entering it in a browser.
The easiest way I found to make a file available is through Dropbox. This is really super easy! You just need a Dropbox account. Here is an example for a CSV file:
- Copy your CSV file to a Dropbox folder
- Create a public shared URL
- Browser: click the three dots behind the CSV file > Share > Share with Dropbox
- Explorer: right click CSV file > Drop share
- Click Create link
- Click Copy link
- The link should look something like: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5e………kj/filename.csv?dl=0
- Change ?dl=0 to ?dl=1
- Your link now looks something like: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5e………kj/filename.csv?dl=1
- Use the modified link to directly access your CSV file (test before you upload)
You are welcome to add a comment to share alternatives to create a public link to a data file.
- A public link is available to anyone who has the link. Make sure your link contains no sensitive data and does not allow editing.