Configure shared access to a folder

You can allow your friends or colleagues to access your folders on Yandex Disk. When they gain access to your shared folder, they will see a copy of the shared folder on their Yandex Disk.

With a Yandex 360 Premium Family subscription, you can create family folders to quickly share files with other members of your family account.

When you make changes to a shared folder, such as renaming or adding a file, all authorized users can see your changes. Information about the changes is also displayed in History on their Yandex Disk.

If you give users full access to a folder, they can also modify your files and upload new ones. This allows you to work on the same data together.

You can have no more than 100 shared folders on your Yandex Disk, including:
  • 50 folders created by you.
  • 50 folders you were invited to.

You can invite up to 200 users (excluding the owner) to shared folders.

Restriction. You can only configure shared access to a folder on Yandex Disk in the browser on a computer.
  1. Access to a folder
    1. Access rights
  2. Do other people's folders take up space on my Yandex Disk?
  3. How can I quickly access a shared folder?
  4. Managing shared folders
  5. I can't configure access or upload a file to a shared folder

Access to a folder

  1. Choose the folder and click  → Manage access in the upper panel or in the context menu.

    To share a folder with the Yandex Disk desktop program, right-click it and choose Yandex Disk: Configure shared access.
    Restriction. You can't share a folder if it:
    • Doesn't belong to you.
    • Contains a shared folder.
    • Is located in a shared folder.
  2. Enter the name or email address of the user you want to grant access to.

    To access the folder, you need a Yandex account. If the invited person doesn't have an account, we will send them an invitation to register.

  3. Choose the access rights and click the Invite button.
    Note. If you get an error message when sending an invitation, make sure there are no errors or typos in the name or address.

Access rights

When granting access to a folder, you can give the user the following rights:

  • Read-only — Permission to view and download files from the shared folder.

    In this case, the participant can't modify or add files either on the service page, or through programs or applications. (The “Yandex Disk” program doesn't sync changes to shared folders made by participants with restricted access on their computer.)

  • Full access — Permission to upload new files, modify existing files (rename, edit, publish), and delete them.

You cannot set custom access to individual files or subfolders within a shared folder. Authorized users lose access to a file in a shared folder if the owner or someone with full access rights deletes the file or moves it to a private folder.

To see who has access to the folder, select the folder and click in the upper panel on the left.

Do other people's folders take up space on my Yandex Disk?

No, a shared folder takes up space only on its owner's Disk. Once you accept the invitation, the service copies the folder to your Yandex Disk, but space occupied by the folder isn't counted. This means you can accept an invitation to access a folder of any size, regardless of the space available on your Yandex Disk.

If you run out of space on your Disk, you won't be able to upload files to a shared folder, even if you are not the owner of this folder. If you want to be able to upload files to a shared folder, make sure you have free space on your Yandex Disk.

How can I quickly access a shared folder?

You can see the list of folders that you have granted or gained access to on the Shared folders page. Each shared folder is marked with the icon.

Managing shared folders

  • Each authorized user can rename and move shared folders on their personal Yandex Disk. This does not affect granted or received access rights.
  • Authorized users can revoke their own access right to a shared folder by deleting the copy from their own Yandex Disk.
  • The folder owner can delete it. To do this, disable folder sharing, then delete it and empty Trash. In this case, all users will lose their access rights to the folder.
  • A user with full access can view, download, modify, publish, and delete files from a shared folder.
  • A user with Read-only access can view and download files from a shared folder.
    Note. If you can't modify or delete a file from a shared folder, ask the owner for full access to the folder.

I can't configure access or upload a file to a shared folder

When you run out of space on your Yandex Disk, access is restricted. To remove these restrictions, delete unnecessary files, empty the Trash (files in the Trash also take up space), or buy more storage space. Otherwise, your access to Yandex Disk will be blocked in 44 days, with your files deleted forever six months after that. You can learn more about these restrictions under Yandex Disk storage space.