Curated by: Luigi Canali De Rossi

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Files Too Large To Email?

Sending files as attachments to emails, especially using free webmail services, can be a problem when the attachment(s) are over 7MB. What if you wanted to email a file to a friend or colleague that was up to 1GB (yes, 1,000MB)? And you didn't have access to an FTP server?

YouSendIt is an amazing free service that allows you to do just that. Rather then sending the file directly to your intended recipient, you upload the file to YouSendIt, with the email address of the final recipient. YouSendIt automatically sends out an email, informing the recipient that you have sent them a file to pick up.

This is how it works:
1. Choose who you want to send a file to. It can be anyone with an email address. You can specify multiple email addresses separated by commas.

2. Select a file to send. You can send photos, audio, documents or anything else. Your file will be stored by YouSendIt without ever filling up your recipient's mailbox.

3. Click on Send. YouSendIt will automatically email your recipient a link to your file stored on our server. Your file will be deleted after seven days.
No passwords to share, no software to install, no accounts to create, and no full mailboxes.

This is a similar service to that offered by Dropload, however Dropload's maximum file size is 100MB



Readers' Comments    
2009-06-05 16:34:30

Manish M. Shah

File Apartment ( -

-Up to 1 GB
- No software to download or registration required
- Easy to use
- Free, safe, and secure.

2008-11-18 15:30:07

Tom Galant

I found a site that sends up to 250MB for free,.. looks like they are still working on it, but the guy I talked to responds to emails fast.

It is

Tommy G

2008-06-19 12:33:20


I am currently developing a web site that allows you to securely send files that are too big to e-mail. There are no file or size limits, no software to download and install, and it is 100 free.

The site is, and we are currently in open beta. If you happen to stop by and give it a try, we'd appreciate any feedback.

Thanks! :)

2008-05-03 04:40:03



I am releasing an open-source VSTO add-in to send large files from Outlook 2003 and 2007 using various platforms including Velodoc Enterprise Edition, Velodoc XP Edition, FTP Servers, Microsoft BITS Servers, UNC File Shares and Amazon S3.

Considering the multitude of possible configurations including unicode languages, all versions of Windows and Outlook, various types of mailboxes including Exchange, proxies and firewalls, anti-virusspamphishing filters, I need community feedback to improve the quality.

The project is hosted at http://www.codeplex.comvelodocaddin. Please download, play with it and report feedback in the discussions section on Codeplex.

Thank you for your help.


2007-11-14 10:12:56


I have also tried
They allow you to upload complete folders and files and it also zips your files during uploading so the download process is really easy and fast. Seems to work really well.

2007-07-21 11:58:41


Check out another 3 services no registration required size limit from 1GB to 6GB

2005-10-21 16:38:45

John Lusst

Have you guys seen

I have used them on numerous occasions with no problems. All data is encrypted 128 bit and you just need the recipients e-mail address.

You download a small piece of software to send and receive deliveries. So you don't have to worry about browser compatibility. My clients found it very easy to receive deliveries, and theres no unprofessional looking ad pages or sponsors to deal with.

Once the delivery has been uploaded the recipient gets an e-mail with a secure link. They click the link and the software launches and the download commences. All very easy and very fast. They charged me 12 Euros to sent 900 Meg.

2005-09-09 10:27:23


Recentelly I found another site, which allows you to manage your files online.
They offers 1 GB free storage space for everyone. Most importantly, they enables resume upload from a previous stop point. That's very useful to upload big files.

2005-07-03 12:27:00

Maciek Kierubinski

to jest ten klip, o którym Ci mówiłem

2005-01-11 12:34:27

McNabb1983 works fine at home with internet explorer...
but not with linux and konqueror...

other solutions?

2004-10-17 09:40:06

Marjolein Hoekstra


YouSendIt doesn't seem to work well with Mozilla Firefox 1.0 on my system; on IE, however, a new window opens that clearly shows the transfer progress in the status bar. On Firefox this doesn't happen, so you're left in the dark wondering what's going on. We'll notify the YouSendIt people about this.

Tip: The recipient doesn't necessarily need to have an e-mail account: once the transfer is finished, the sender receives the url to the transferred file as well. You can then copy that url to any application, for example to an IM window.
I hope this helps!

2004-10-16 02:54:10

While the service is free at this time, but responding to Aquino's question above, many users will be willing to pay for it. It is a great service, hassle-free, and secure. Thanks for pointing this out. We will give it a try.

2004-10-13 18:25:27

Francis Good


If you look here, you'll see that they have money-making "enterprise solutions" too:

2004-10-13 03:03:30

Jonathan Aquino

I'm curious - what's their business model?

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