How can I send a 350MB file to 200 people for free?

Tilman Bauer May 21, 2010

I have a 350MB file which I need to distribute to about 200 people or so. Usually I would of course send the file by eMail, but unfortunately GMail’s limit is 25MB.

I know that there are thousands of filesharing sites out there, but which one allows me to upload the file for free and then send the link to all the 200 people? 200 times 350MB is quite a lot I guess, so which service allows me to do this?

Thanks in advance!

  1. manish
    June 21, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Compress your software with Winzip or WinRar and attach it with any free uploading side or skype messsanger

  2. Justin
    June 14, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I think Binfer will be most suited for your need. Here'w what you do:
    - Download and install from their website:
    - Drag and drop your file,
    - Export your contacts to Outlook CSV and then import it into Binfer
    - Select the contacts and press send
    - Leave Binfer running and as your contacts come online [they need Binfer], your file will be send directly to your contacts computer.

    All transfers are AES encrypted and interrupted transfers will be automatically resumes.

  3. JFM
    June 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Try using, 2gb for FREE, They charge if you need more....add your email addresses, upload file send to as many people as you wnat. Best part is that it is FREE!! Hope this helps.

  4. Gladius Primus
    June 14, 2010 at 11:46 am

    As Vannia Rajan says: Skydrive!

  5. Abhiroop
    June 13, 2010 at 8:31 am

    you can also try otengo, a file sharing software.
    [Broken URL Removed]

  6. Vannia Rajan
    June 12, 2010 at 7:43 am

    You always have Windows Live "Sky Drive" - [Broken URL Removed] (25GB online-storage space) - Free of COST.

    Just upload, make the 300+ MB file public and send the link to your friends.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      June 23, 2010 at 9:17 pm

      But remember that with SkyDrive, you can only upload a file of up to 50MB, so you would have to split it somehow before that. Since most people have a Google Account, I'd second the person who suggested uploading the file to Google Docs and then sharing the private file link (as opposed to publishing it for the world to see.) You can find this private link when you click on Share at the top left when you're at and click on 'Get the link to share'. You could create a new/secondary Gmail/Google account for this purpose. You won't have to worry about whether the people you're sending your files to have the right software (if you're considering sharing by torrents). Neither will you have to worry about how to split files, or downloading additional software to share the file.

  7. WhiteWingDove57
    June 12, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Try a program called Pando...

    Download and Share ... BIG | Pando
    Use your existing email address to send and receive large files. Pando by passes email attachment limits and is absolutely free.

    • Aibek
      June 12, 2010 at 7:08 am

      MakeUseOf covered Pando


  8. Mousecoguy
    June 11, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    use skype unlimited transfers

  9. Josh
    June 6, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I personally like FileDropper. It is simple, clean, and provides you with a link you can paste into your email to as many people as you want.

  10. Mehmet Latif Uzunel
    June 5, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Why don't you upload the file to Google Documents and make it public. So you can share the links with your friends.

    Google documents allow you to upload files up to 1GB

  11. Kainsmoney
    May 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Emule is a good option too but like Bittorrent , they need to have the client and make the configuration which is easy .

    Any free file hosting which allow you to upload up to 400 mb and let you keep the download for some days will do .

    • yoshula
      June 5, 2010 at 7:16 am

      Another vote for Dropbox...

  12. fruitgeek
    May 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm is a great file hosting site- sign up gives you advantage but you can probably do what you are talking about without signup. The main thing to keep in mind is that if someone gets a hold of the download link, they have access. So don't send proprietary work documents with it.

  13. Steve Campbell
    May 22, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    It might be best to just post the file up on a site and have others download it. Sites that you can use to accomplish this are MediaFire, YouSendIt, Megaupload, etc. Maybe you can post your file there and just email the link to everyone.

  14. Oron Joffe
    May 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Given the size of the file and the fact that you want to send it, I recommend you DO NOT use torrent, which will tie up your computer and connection for a long time. The best solution would be to upload the material to a file sharing site like the ones recommended above, or [Broken URL Removed] and send the link to the recipients.

    You can also use DropBox as suggested above, but make sure that you send the link to the file on the dropbox web site since it's unlikely all your contact will have the dropbox application installed.

  15. Manish M. shah
    May 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    A favorite option is File Apartment [NO LONGER AVAILABLE]. Easy to use, fast, no software to download or registration, up to 1 GB, free option, safe, and secure.

    • Pvilan
      July 18, 2010 at 2:12 am

      I believe File Apartment Free is for one day or one download...!

  16. fruitgeek
    May 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    oh, sorry. won't work for you unless you pay $5 a month- files expire after 20 downloads or 5 days

  17. pceasies
    May 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    You could use a decent file sharing company like Mediafire (split into 100MB parts) or Megaupload. Both have respectable speeds. You might be able to use a web server if you have one, they normally only run about $10/month. Bittorrent is a good option if you can talk people into using it to get your file.

    • pceasies
      May 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm

      Dropbox might work too, might want to give that a shot.

      • Anonymous
        May 22, 2010 at 3:15 pm

        Yes. And if you have slow connection, the combination of Dropbox and
        file splitter might do the trick.

      • Wotan
        June 5, 2010 at 5:16 pm

        I assume you already ruled out FTP, so I second Dropbox.
        Or (max 100 MB chunks) or, on the adventurous side, Opera browser with Unite (

      • pceasies
        June 6, 2010 at 1:42 am

        Wuala might work too. They give you storage to upload files. Others can download them and choose to share them, it's a combination of P2P and hosted file sharing.

        • Aibek
          June 6, 2010 at 6:03 am

          Here is the MakeUseOf review of Wuala in case anyone is interested. [Broken Link Removed]

  18. fruitgeek
    May 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    There is a service called that you can send files up to 1GB and have them available for 5 days- you don't even need to sign up.

    • inspi
      August 9, 2010 at 2:29 pm

      it is d best method i ever found..

  19. Anonymous
    May 22, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Hi Tilman,You could try to upload the file via torrrent protocol. Any decent torrent client will allow you to do this ("File - Create Torrent File" menu; or something similar to that). Then all you've got to do is send the 200 people the torrent file.Just make sure that your computer is always connected to the net and ask those 200 people to seed as long as they can.

    • Aibek
      May 24, 2010 at 3:54 pm

      That's the fastest and easiest solution in my opinion. The only downsie the people receiving the file need to have a torrent client (ex. utorrent) installed and know how to use it (very easy but still).

  20. Srinivas G
    May 22, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Use "Bittorrent"! Or you can split that file into pieces less than 200 MB each using a software like "hjsplit" or "winrar", upload them to free file hosting sites like "mediafire" or "goaruna" and then send a batch e-mail to the 200 people, containing those links. :)

    • Krazzy Pahwa
      June 12, 2010 at 8:54 am

      it wud b easy to use upload on dat site and send that link to as many frnz of urs...:)

  21. Tina
    May 22, 2010 at 2:28 am


    it's definitely not a good idea to eMail such a large file to anyone. If GMail's sending limit is lower, just imagine what people's receiving limit may be, i.e. quite possibly a lot lower!

    Besides, even if most people can receive and download the file, it's quite frustrating to have such a huge file in your eMail, blocking your eMail client or internet connection, while it's busy downloading that huge attachment.

    Filesharing appears to be the only sensible option. We have written about filesharing before. Unfortunately, most services impose a size limit on file uploads.

    Try DivShare. It comes without upload or download limits. However, you have to sign up.

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