Easily Share Files from Synology Drive

Hey everyone! In this article I’ll walk you through the process of sharing files from your Synology Server using the Drive application. It’s a simple process but there is some important information to know in terms of permissions and how people will access the files you’re sharing. I try to be as thorough as I can so in certain aspects of this tutorial may be very familiar to you.

Step #1: Launch Drive Application

To begin, we’ll need to open up the web portal to your Synology Server. After opening the web portal click on the main menu icon in the top right. This will bring up the menu of all installed applications and utilities on your Synology Server. Click on the icon for the Drive application, which will launch the web application in a separate browser tab.

Step #2: Select a file or folder that you wish to share.

After selecting the file or folder you want to share you will see the buttons at the top of the screen turn to black. The icon you want to click to create a share is indicated in the screenshot on the right. Click on that and prompt will pop-up where we’ll focus most of our time during this tutorial

Step #3: Set share permissions!

You’ll see that right off the bat your sharing link is already generated, but before you send it off you’ll need to set your permissions for the file/folder you’re wanting to share. Under the Sharing link permission, we have several different options in terms of share permissions. These are Private, Internal and Public. I’ll go throw each of these individually and how they work.

Private Shares: Only accounts and groups you specify in the invitee field(See step 4) will have access to this share. This option is essentially a selective version of the Internal permission level. Not only does the individual need to be in the invitee field, but they also must have an account on your Synology.

Internal Shares: As long as the individual has an account on your Synology and has the share link, they will be able to access these files. They don’t need access to the shared folder for the Internal link to work.

Public Shares: This permission level doesn’t require the end user to have an account on your Synology. As long as they have the sharing link then they can download the file/folder that you’re sharing.

Step #4: Set Invitees

This field really only applies to private shares and allows you to selectively share files with users on your Synology Server. With the invitee field, you can enter either a user or a group.

The plus (+) sign on the right allows you to add another line, allowing you to easily invite multiple users or group.

With each invitee, you can give them access to just view files, which allows them basic access and the ability to download shared files. You can also give them edit access or the ability to manage the shared item. The manage permission allows those users to add additional users/groups to the shared item.

Also, keep in mind that you can create custom groups, so if you’re using your Synology with a larger team you can create a group to easily manage permissions such as groups for Sales, HR, Engineering, etc.

Step #5: Share That Link!

You can easily copy the link by clicking the little clipboard icon next to it and send this link via email, or your communications platform of choice.

Final Notes

I personally find Private sharing better than Internal sharing seeing as both can accomplish the same goal. The benefit with Private Sharing is shared items are specifically shared with you or a group you’re in, and thus show up in the Shared with Me tab on the Drive app. Internal Sharing is still useful if you need to share something company-wide that is intended as a one-time link, but in most use-cases, I imagine that creating a private link is very useful.

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