Shared folders

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

When you make changes to a shared folder, such as renaming or adding a file, all the authorized users see your changes.

If you give users full access to a folder, they can also modify your files and upload new ones. This makes it possible to collaborate using the same files.

Granting access to a folder

To open access to a folder:

  • on the Disk page, select the desired folder and click the Share folder button:

  • on a computer with the “Yandex.Disk” application installed, right-click the desired folder and select Yandex.Disk: Access Settings.
  1. Sending invitations
  2. Folders you cannot open access to
  3. Access rights
  4. Accepting invitations

Sending invitations

Restriction. In order to access your folder, an invited person must have a Yandex account. If this person does not have an account, we will send them a registration invitation.

In the access settings window for the folder, you can select people by entering their email addresses.

Then select the access rights and click Send.

To find the desired person among email contacts and Facebook friends, click Choose from contacts list. In the window that opens, your email contacts are listed. To download your list of Facebook contacts, click the Facebook logo.

Folders you cannot open access to

  • A folder that you are not the owner of.
  • A folder that contains a shared folder.
  • A folder that is located inside a shared folder (access is already available).

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.

    If you have read-only access to a shared folder, you cannot change or add files either on the Disk page, or using programs or applications. (The “Yandex.Disk” application does not synchronize changes that you made to a shared folder on your own computer.)

  • Full access - permission to upload new files, modify existing files (rename, edit and share), and delete files.

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

Accepting invitations

When your invitation is accepted, a copy of your folder will be created on the invited person's Disk. If there is not enough space available for the copy, this person will not be able to accept the invitation.

Note. If the shared folder size increases over time and takes up all the available space on your Disk, you will not be able to upload new files to your Disk. However, you will still have access to the 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 .

Why do other people's folders use space on my Disk?

When you accept an invitation to access a folder, the service copies the entire folder to your Disk (regardless of your access rights). So if your Disk size is 10 GB, you will not be able to accept an invitation to share a large folder.

The only way to keep a shared folder from using space on your Disk is to disable access to it by deleting the folder entirely.

What is the point of this?

Shared folders use space on Disk for each of the authorized users, so that an individual user can't keep infinitely increasing his personal space quota. Otherwise, it would be easy to register new accounts and grant yourself access to folders on these accounts.

Actions for shared folders

  • All authorized users can rename and move a shared folder on their own Disks. This does not have any effect on granting or getting access rights.
  • Authorized users can revoke their own access to a shared folder by deleting the copy from their own Disk.
  • If the owner of a shared folder deletes it, all authorized users will lose their access rights to the folder.

Change folder access

Select the folder and click the Manage access button in the panel on the right.

In the window that opens, you can change individual access rights or revoke access (if you revoke access from people, the copy of your folder will be removed from their Disks).

Note. New access rights will be automatically applied to users of a shared folder immediately after they have been changed.