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Public URL

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.

Dropbox example

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)

Other examples?

You are welcome to add a comment to share alternatives to create a public link to a data file.

Notes

  • A public link is available to anyone who has the link. Make sure your link contains no sensitive data and does not allow editing.
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