How do I share files publicly using FileLocker?

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An open-sourced program created by Purdue IT Networks and Security, Filelocker allows faculty, staff, and students a convenient, secure way to share files with other people, both on and off campus.

Eligibility: Faculty, staff, and students with active Purdue career account logins may use this service.

To request service: Log in with an active career account at the Filelocker website.

Related Costs: There is no charge for this servic


In order to access the FileLocker application, you must log in with your Purdue career account login and password.

Sharing a file with FileLocker publicly

To share a file with FileLocker, you must first upload a file.  See How do I upload a file into FileLocker? to learn how to upload a file into FileLocker.

  1. Once a file has been uploaded, the file will be listed under 'Uploaded Files'.

  2. Click on the down arrow to show file options.
  3. Click the 'Public Share' checkbox within the file options area.
  4. Review your 'Expiration date', which is set to a 30 days by default. This is the maximum amount of time allowable within FileLocker to be shared publicly.
  5. Enter the email address of the person that will receive the share and click the 'Share' button. This will send that user a URL that will allow a one-time access to download. If multiple downloads (from one or many people) are desired, the 'Allow multiple downloads' checkbox will need to be selected. This will also require a password to be created for the share. The password will not be sent through the email, it will need to be communicated by other means.

Other Options

  • A password can be used for a one-time download. As explained, the password will need to be communicated to the user separately.

Tip: Do not include any apostrophes in the filename of any file that you would like to share publicly, as it interferes with the prompt to invite others via email address.


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