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Share Link

Restriction: You need to be signed in using an administrator's account in order to manage share links and to change the default expiration date.

To share files with external users without using email, use a Collection Link.


  • A shared link (of selected assets) is static and will not update when changing the status of any of the shared assets.
  • The only change that does affect a shared link is deleting its assets from Canto.
    Share Links of folders and albums are dynamic. Files must be set to approved (status) to be visible.

  1. You can access the share window by hovering over a file and clicking the Share button.
  2. The link option appears in the share window as the chain link icon.
  3. Select New Link. You can also edit an existing Share Link by selecting Existing Link. See below for more instructions on how to edit an Existing Link.
  4. You'll be asked to provide a Name and Expiration Date. 
    Additionally, you can enter more details when creating a link:
  5. Click Create Link when finished.

You will then be given a link that can be shared with outside collaborators. Click Copy to clipboard to copy the link for pasting.

  1. Follow the steps above till step 3 and select Existing Link, it will navigate to a new window.
  2. Select or preview the desired existing share link.
  3. Once you select the desired share link, you can modify the settings before adding the files. Select Add Files when you are done.

Note: You can only Add Files to a Share Link if the Share Link was not used to share an Album.

A list of all the links you have created will be recorded and can be managed later by navigating to the Settings 

Links & Connections > Collection Links.

You can toggle the different columns on/off.

How to set a default expiration date

To prevent consumers from modifying the expiration date, a default expiration date for assets can be set within Settings > Configuration Options > Defaults > Other Options.

  1. Scroll to the Email Collections and Collection Links section.
  2. Check the Set Expiration Date box if you would like to enable this feature.
  3. Add the value for the Default Expiration Date.
  4. From here you can also set options for your Collections Links such as display metadata, download settings, and password protection.

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