Pinterest Stumbleupon Whatsapp
Ads by Google

There are many ways to share files between people and devices Fastest Ways to Transfer Files Between PCs and Mobile Devices Fastest Ways to Transfer Files Between PCs and Mobile Devices File transfers have never been faster than they are today. But to move data between devices can still seem slow and inconvenient. We have you covered with solutions for cross-device file transfers. Read More , but a lot of those methods can be cumbersome by requiring app downloads, account registrations, cloud storage setups, etc. Who has the time for that?

That’s why we prefer no-hassle file sharing websites instead.

By file sharing, we don’t mean the peer-to-peer torrenting variety BitTorrent & Magnets: How Do They Work? [Technology Explained] BitTorrent & Magnets: How Do They Work? [Technology Explained] As we recently reported, The Pirate Bay has switched from using .torrent file downloads to magnet links with no opt-out policy. The tracker has offered magnet downloads for a good while now, but this is... Read More . We’re talking about sites that let you drag-and-drop files and share links to those files so that others can download them right away — without registering.

Here are the best sites that you need to bookmark ASAP.

1. Reep.io

Reep.io is an incredible service that first surfaced back in 2014. Its name is what you get when you spell “peer” backwards and it indicates what this service does: peer-to-peer file transfers between browsers. No uploading to any middleman server.

file-sharing-site-reep

Ads by Google

Just drag-and-drop a file, generate a URL for that file, and have the recipient visit the link. Your browser established a connection with their browser and the file is sent directly. Both browsers must remain open during the full transfer.

Key Benefits:

  • Transfers are encrypted.
  • No limits on file size or number of files.
  • Password protection is available.

2. JustBeamIt

JustBeamIt is another peer-to-peer transfer service that works very similarly to Reep.io: select a file, generate a URL, share the link to the recipient, and keep both browsers open while the transfer takes place.

file-sharing-site-justbeamit

I personally prefer Reep.io because it feels cleaner and more user-friendly and has password protection, but JustBeamIt is a great alternative when Reep.io doesn’t work for some reason.

Key Benefits:

  • File URLs expire after 10 minutes.
  • No limits on file size or number of files.
  • No encryption or password protection.

3. FileSender

FileSender is the third and final peer-to-peer transfer service on this list. With this one, you “start a transfer” which generates a code. The recipient can enter the code on the website to establish a connection with you.

file-sharing-site-filesender

Once a connection is established, either person can select files to be sent but the other person must manually accept or reject each one. It’s very easy once you get the hang of it.

Key Benefits:

  • Transfers are encrypted.
  • No limits on file sizes or number of files.
  • No password protection.

4. UploadFiles

UploadFiles lets you upload files to its servers without registering at all. It’s entirely free to use and is one of the least restrictive services out there. Highly recommended if you don’t want to use peer-to-peer.

file-sharing-site-uploadfiles

Key Benefits:

  • Unlimited uploads.
  • 100 GB file size limit.
  • Transfers are encrypted.
  • Files remain for 30 days.
  • Pro accounts allow for 1 TB file size limit, permanent storage, and password protection.

5. FileSharing24

FileSharing24 is the best service to use for quick one-time transfers. Once uploaded, files can be shared by URL or email. You can also pause and resume uploads if necessary.

file-sharing-site-filesharing24

Key Benefits:

  • Unlimited uploads.
  • 5 GB file size limit.
  • Transfers are encrypted.
  • Password protection is available.
  • Files remain for 24 hours.

6. File Dropper

The File Dropper website is nothing special, but the important thing is that it gets the job done. Simply upload your file and share the resulting link with the recipient to download it.

file-sharing-site-filedropper

Key Benefits:

  • Unlimited uploads.
  • 5 GB file size limit.
  • No encryption or password protection.
  • Unclear how long files remain on the server.

7. Send Anywhere

We’ve highlighted Send Anywhere before when talking about apps for sending large files 4 Best Apps for Sharing Large Files Instantly 4 Best Apps for Sharing Large Files Instantly With these apps, sharing large files with someone in a split second will be the easiest thing you've ever done. Read More , and while the web version isn’t as good as the desktop or mobile apps, it’s still fast and convenient to use.

file-sharing-site-send-anywhere

Once you’ve uploaded your files, Send Anywhere gives you a six-digit code that you can share. Anyone who has that code can download the files you’ve uploaded. So simple, isn’t it?

Key Benefits:

  • Unlimited uploads.
  • 1 GB file size limit when using web app.
  • No encryption or password protection.
  • Files disappear as soon as they are downloaded.

8. PlusTransfer

PlusTransfer launched back in 2014 but never really gained much traction in the realm of file sharing sites. It actually bought out PipeBytes (a defunct peer-to-peer transfer service) but decided to stay with the traditional upload format.

file-sharing-site-plustransfer

No registration needed but you’ll need the recipient’s email address to send the file. Multiple email addresses can be designated per file transfer.

Key Benefits:

  • Unlimited uploads.
  • 5 GB limit per transfer.
  • No encryption or password protection.
  • Files remain anywhere from 1 to 14 days depending on your choice.

9. WeTransfer

WeTransfer works on a principle similar to PlusTransfer: upload your files, input the recipient’s email address, and send the download their way. They’ve been around since 2009 and they’re still going, so you know they’re serious.

file-sharing-site-wetransfer

Key Benefits:

  • Unlimited uploads.
  • 2 GB limit per transfer.
  • Files remain for 7 days.
  • No encryption or password protection.
  • Plus accounts increase transfer limit to 20 GB and grant 100 GB storage.

10. CueTransfer

CueTransfer is the third and final service on this list that uses the “email to recipient” method of transfer. It’s almost identical to WeTransfer except there are no Plus accounts here.

file-sharing-site-cuetransfer

Key Benefits:

  • Unlimited uploads.
  • 2 GB limit per transfer.
  • No encryption or password protection.
  • Unclear how long files remain on the server.

11. MailBigFile

MailBigFile doesn’t offer much to beat its competitors, but it works well enough in case none of the above sites work. It’s a bit too restrictive for most users, but if you just need to send a quick file, it’s fine.

file-sharing-site-mailbigfile

Key Benefits:

  • Files remain for 10 days.
  • 2 GB limit and 5 max files per transfer.
  • Unlimited uploads. 20 downloads per transfer.
  • Three premium tiers are available, increasing limits to 4 GB, 5 GB, and 20 GB.

12. DropCanvas

DropCanvas was one of the go-to sites for fast file sharing Better Than Dropbox: The 6 Quickest Ways To Share Any File With Anyone Better Than Dropbox: The 6 Quickest Ways To Share Any File With Anyone I love Dropbox. Ever since I found it a few years ago, the way I share files with friends, family and colleagues has changed completely. Dropbox, and similar services, make sharing big files and multiple... Read More a few years ago, but has since been overtaken by all of the great alternatives listed above. Today, the site just feels outdated and clunky — but it still works.

file-sharing-site-dropcanvas

You can upload multiple files to a single “canvas” (or collection) and that canvas can be shared by URL with a recipient who can then download the files in the canvas. It could be simpler, but it’s not too bad.

Key Benefits:

  • 1 “canvas” with a limit of 1 GB.
  • Canvas is deleted after 3 days of inactivity (no uploads or downloads).
  • Register a free account to boost that to 5 GB and 14 days.
  • Paid accounts are also available if you need more space and permanence.

13. Sendspace

Sendspace was great when it first started back in 2005 but has since fallen out of favor because of its limitations. It’s still used by thousands of people every week though, so don’t let the limitations stop you if you like it.

file-sharing-site-sendspace

Key Benefits:

  • No transfer encryption.
  • 300 MB limit per transfer.
  • Files are deleted after 30 days of inactivity (no downloads).
  • Password protection only available to paid accounts.

14. Ge.tt

Ge.tt is another old favorite that recently fell to the bottom of the ranks and hasn’t been able to climb back up. It’s even more restrictive than Sendspace, but it’s not bad otherwise.

file-sharing-site-gett

Key Benefits:

  • 250 MB limit per transfer.
  • No encryption or password protection.
  • Files remain for 30 days.

15. Senduit

Way at the bottom of the list is Senduit. Launched in 2003, it’s one of the oldest services still around. It has the worst file size limit of any file sharing site I’ve ever used, but it’s reliable and it works so it’s worth mentioning.

file-sharing-site-senduit

Key Benefits:

  • Unlimited uploads.
  • 100 MB file size limit.
  • No encryption or password protection.
  • Choose how long before the file expires, between 30 minutes and 1 week.

How Do YOU Share Files Quickly?

All of these services share one important thing in common: you don’t have to register an account, download anything, or install anything in order to use them. All you need is the website and a file to share.

However, if you’re going to do a lot of sharing for the foreseeable future — such as passing files back and forth between teammates or coworkers — then you should consider getting a cloud storage account The Cloud Storage Showdown - Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive & More The Cloud Storage Showdown - Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive & More The cloud storage scene has heated up recently, with a long-awaited entry by Google and a revamped SkyDrive from Microsoft. Dropbox has gone unchallenged by the major players for a long time, but that’s changed... Read More instead.

Not only is it easier to have an in-sync folder that all of you can access simultaneously, but there are so many other uses for cloud storage 10 Ways To Use Your Cloud Storage That You May Not Have Thought Of 10 Ways To Use Your Cloud Storage That You May Not Have Thought Of When we talk about cloud storage, it usually revolves around backup and collaboration. So, let’s try to find some more interesting ways to fill up all the space they give us for free. Read More that you’ll love taking advantage of.

So tell us: which service do you use when you need to send a big file to your friends, family members, or coworkers? Are there any that we missed? Share with us in the comments below!

  1. Ron Lexman
    September 12, 2016 at 11:04 am

    To share a file anonymously through the Tor network right from my computer I use TorFile, included in OmniMix (http://danner-net.de/omom/tutortorplusfile.htm). It can be downloaded with the Tor Browser.

    • Joel Lee
      September 14, 2016 at 3:42 am

      I don't have much experience using Tor but that sounds useful for those who do. Thanks Ron!

  2. Richard Schmitt
    July 19, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Just wait till the next generation of file sharing. Peer to Peer personal clouds. Share files where they live. No need to upload to "the cloud". The Cloud comes to your devices. (IoT, Android, iOS, Linux, Windows, OSx and more). Completely interoperable with existing file sharing (windows, samba). Completely secure. See connectedway.com.

    • Joel Lee
      July 26, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Hey Richard, some of the sites mentioned in this article are indeed secure peer-to-peer without need for a cloud. :)

      • rschmitt@connectedway.com
        July 27, 2016 at 11:53 pm

        Yes, but those p2p sites are not interoperable with windows and samba. That's the key difference.

  3. Adrian
    June 8, 2016 at 9:32 am

    You are missing Sunshine here! Is like 10 times faster than wetransfer and no size limit... Something pretty cool is that you can also share a file without the other people download it. I can share a 2gb movie with you and you can stream it in a few seconds without download!

    I have never heard about most of the ones you mentioned, I have to give them a try! Thanks for the article

    • Joel Lee
      June 9, 2016 at 12:50 am

      Wow, in all of my research, I've never even heard of Sunshine. It looks pretty good! The P2P is great, the straight streaming of media is even better. Cross platform. Good availability of free features. Thanks Adrian! I'll give it a try the next time I need to transfer something. :)

  4. Suzanne Sholer
    June 3, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Why not use Google Drive?
    WithGoogle Drive I can share files with either individual email addresses, share them publicly, or just keep them private. Google Drive also allows me to change who I want to share files with.
    With Google Drive I can allow people to work on a file with me or simply make comments on a file.
    Do you know of a file sharing system that would allow you to program file sharing length of time? Say ... For a week?

    • Joel Lee
      June 7, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Hey Suzanne. Cloud services usually allow for public/private sharing of files and there's nothing wrong with using them if you find them useful. :) These services exist for those who don't use cloud services for whatever reason.

      Some of the services on this list let you decide how long the files stay active, if that's what you're looking for.

  5. Daniel Chamorro
    May 31, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    How about writing a guide on using BitTorrent Sync and then scrap the rest? It has no file size limit as most of the solutions on this article and is compatible with iOS, Android, Windows and Linux.

    • miao
      May 31, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      you should really try Goodsync .... On the top the client you can install servers (file servers) on you phone, nas,remote server. Their own protocol is damn fast.

    • Joel Lee
      June 7, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks for the tip, Daniel. I've never actually tried BT Sync before because I never got around to it and then ended up forgetting about it... Now that I'm reminded of it, I'll give it a shot. :)

  6. Sam
    May 31, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    You've missed two of the best. Takeafile.com for p2p transfer and dropjar for cloud transfer.

    • Joel Lee
      June 7, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks Sam, I never heard of those. They look good!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *