Need To Send Someone A Big File? A Really Big File?


A few days ago, I needed to send a file to someone over the internet.  Not a particularly huge file, but at 30 MB it was still larger than most email systems would support.  And even if my own system allowed it, there was a pretty good chance that the recipient's would not.  So I set about looking for a system that was easy to use, free, and would allow me to send someone a large file.

In the end I opened for MailBigFile.  You can find them at and the system is simplicity itself to use.  If you want to take advantage of their free starter account, click on the Free button on their page.  You can now send up to 5 files to people, and each file can be up to 2,000 MB in size.  At this sort of size, you're looking at something which is as large as Windows can hold in a single file, so it's unlikely you'll need any more capacity than that.

To get started, drag the file you want to send into the box, and add the recipient's email address.  It's pretty much as simple as that.  The recipient will receive an email which provides a download link so that he or she can retrieve the file.  And if you're worried about privacy, just encrypt the file before you upload it to the system.




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transfer any size file... no limit... directly to the person that needs the file... upload speed is only limited by your connection... you set the limit on speed and amount of b/width to use... the app is free as well as the file transfer feature. been using it for more than a couple of years... vphonet, you don't need any paid services to use the sip-phone to talk, video-chat or use the file transfer feature freely with anybody that also has the app. i can send a file at 20 megabits a second if i want to use all my b/width or save 10-15% for qos. (right)

I've had a quick look through for Skype being mentioned. Forgive me if it has been but I use Skype for any size file. As long as the recipient is on your contact list then right click the contact and select Send File.

Why not just use a site such as MediaFire? Free accounts START at 10GB of storage.
Or maybe FilePost. It allows you to upload and share files up to 5GB each with no limitations on the number of uploaded files.
File transfer sites have been around for a long time, which is what MailBigFile appears to be.

@harrym while most filesize limits we run into nowadays are usually because of limitations of the filetype, not the filesystem itself, the Fat32 format, used by default on many memory sticks, still has a 2GB limit per file.

I am with tabletguy on Dropbox. That is the easiest way to transfer a file. If you install the utility, you can get the link right on your computer without going to the site. You can also get an RSS feed for activity in your dropbox AND set up a collaborated folder where I put something in that folder for you and when you remove it, it is gone from my computer too.
I have a premium account and use hard links into the dropbox folder to backup

I think we are talking about not having to install software. DropBox would not fall in that category.

Phylis Sophical,
I have been using Dropbox for almost 3 years (and very frequently).
And never installed the software they insist I have to install in my pc.


I've never experienced Dropbox insisting that I install anything.

I was just checking anyway ... the main limitations in sticking with using Dropbox in your browser seem to be that you can't select folders, only files. I'm sure there also used to be a limit on file-size and number too but I can't find any info on that right now. The other main difference is that if you only use a browser then you have to keep it open until the upload is completed, whereas the desktop software can pause/resume whenever you like. Not sure about resumable downloads...

Thanks for the article by the way Rob ... it looks like something I'd use very rarely but be glad to know about when I did need it.

Phylis, I agree with the others about learning just as much from the comments as from the article itself. It is one of the things that makes this site so good--the real life experiences of others.

That said, I disagree with your premise that we are only talking about not installing software. I don't see that anywhere in the article. Also, Dropbox without installing the desktop software would then still be a viable option to transfer files to others. I use it all the time. Sending a link is just as easy as sending an email.

I wasn't aware that one could use Dropbox without installing the software. If so, my bad!
I too, learn much from the comments and referrals to other freeware. I actually appreciate when someone posts a problem they have had with the software in question. I've done so myself.
My rant came from reading posts where it seems some people hadn't even tried the recommended software or just posted an opinion on how sending big files should be done.

That's understandable.

Yes, I've been using Dropbox for at least three years, and stopped installing the software some months ago. I can't say I've found it any less usable or convenient.

I think there's some issue with file size/number of files when running it solely from a browser, but it's not something that's caused me any problems.

Thankfully, comments are not limited to just article topic. Often, myself and others have benefited from comments, both positive and negative, regarding software offered in Gismo's articles as well as other software in the same category.

Sometimes negative comments alert contributors to software descriptions that need a bit of fine tuning.

Safe sites offering free software are abundant. It's often the knowledge in the comments that keeps me coming back, something many sites neglect to offer.

I agree about the comments and don't at all take it as nay saying (ok there is some of that) :))
I was looking for a JPG reducer and the site recommended an online service and others suggested Caesium which fit MY needs exactly
To those who mentioned privacy concerns with creating an account on a website: the government has all your data already and share it with others

No doubt. I try to stay off gov sites for that very reason though it probably doesn't make much difference. They can be pretty sneaky about it.

I'm getting really tired of all you nay-sayers on this site. You act as if Gizmo should know your personal preference for every type of freeware. If you don't like what's being suggested, move on. Others, like myself always appreciate a new option. Johnvk and others, if you don't want to expose a friends email addy, have it sent to yourself, then forward the email with the link to your friend. Use gmail addy, that's what I do.

The comments aren't nay-saying. I have found things that are better FOR WHAT I DO in the comments than was being featured in the main article. That takes nothing away from the site but greatly adds to it. I have found lots of perfect "fits" (for me that is) both in suggested programs and in the comments. This is my first stop for software

Sending it to yourself is a good idea. I hadn't thought of that. Still, when your friends open the link, the site will gather data on them.

I kinda thought most people here were pro-privacy and against profile building. If not, then, i agree, gizmo can't know my personal preference.

Using a gmail addy would really not help my situation, since Google is the the biggest tracker / profile builder and seller of them all.

Perhaps we have simply entered the age where it goes without saying that everything you do online is tracked and bought and sold. I am hoping that's not the case. There are articles on this site that give me hope.

And i dont mean any disrespect to this site. IMHO it is simply the best software review site around. period. It is my go-to place when i need a solution. And the comments are really good too. I hope i have contributed to that phenomena, not detracted from it. If not, i apologize.

hear hear! I totally agree. these guys do a great job (freely) and they don't deserve the dis... on the subject, I've used dropbox and it works ok, but sometimes you need an alternative and this seems to fit the bill. and if you don't already have a junk email account, set one up they're free too.
p.s. 'phylis' that's a pretty cool screen name


Would you go to and fill out a form:

enter your friends email addresses:
enter an interest you all share:


Then why would you for the favor of emailing a big file?

IE mailBigFile sounds like it's collecting personal data on you and your friends. If you're not paying for the product, you ARE the product (and your friends).

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But i have this concern about i dont want it to become a directory of free software that collects and sells your personal data, but that appears overwhelmingly to be the business model of free software. It seems fewer and fewer free software programs are provided by volunteer programmers for the good of humanity.

It seems to me that when all free software options are either inadequate or selling your profile, then paid options should be considered here. The review and comment process here is truly valuable, and not just for free software IMHO.

That happens but I am not so sure it is always the case. There are a lot of public license softwares like Open Office that make money on the back end - selling services such as custom templates and tech support

I've been using, which seems similar to It also allows you to mail a file up to 2GB. You can send this to several email addresses at once. You also get a confirmation email back when a recipient downloads the file.

If the file you want to send is an image file then is a very good option.

"2,000 MB ... as large as Windows can hold in a single file"
What ? We are not using Windows 3.1 anymore, as far as I know.

To be precise, the 2 GB limitation applies to FAT32-formatted devices, which are still common enough these days on removable Flash-based devices. But most Windows systems do indeed use NTFS, where most people are unlikely to encounter file size limitations anytime soon.

Thanks Rob.

Apart of the really big size of the files accepted, seems to avoid the step of copying, pasting and sending by mail the corresponding link.


I've successfully sent a single 4+GB file (disk image) from the US to India, via Dropbox. It took several hours to upload (from the US) and 3 days to download in India, but it got there . I've been going to India for a long time, and Dropbox is the best of about 5 transfer methods I've used.

I agree, a public Dropbox link seems much more sensible.

Cloud Storage is another option, Dropbox, sugarsync, copy, allow sharing links to download files.