Public File Sharing

Upload, send and download large files - easily. Collaborate securely with external customers. All without needing an account.

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Give your users a safe and secure way to share files

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Cerberus Public File Share reporting

Public file sharing, also known as ad-hoc file transfer or person-to-person file transfer, allows your users to share any file or folder and through a unique, time-limited, public link.

The benefits of sending files via a public link as opposed to email include:

  • Secure file transfer is built in - you have visibility and control over the data moving into and out of your business.
  • Sending large files won’t burden email servers or exceed mailbox quotas.
  • Files are transferred with strong encryption and can be password protected.
  • No more wasted time figuring out how to send a file to someone.
  • Links can be set to automatically expire by the user or administrator.

Create and Send Public Links

You have full control over public file sharing. Before a user can share a file or folder publicly, the administrator has to grant explicit sharing priviledges to that user’s virtual folder. Once granted permission, users can share files or entire folders that expire within specified timeframes (or stay permanently available).

Easily send upload links

Send a Public Upload Link

Easily send upload links to allow recipients to securely send your users files.

Password protection and access options

Secure Access

Choose password protection and access options for each link.

Create a Public Share Link
Advanced Public Share Options

Advanced Sharing Options

Specialized options like isolated, hidden upload shares allow issuing share links that can be posted to collect submissions from many uploaders without anyone being able to see what others have uploaded.

Advanced notification options ensure the sharer can be notified whenever a file has been uploaded or downloaded.

Easily control access permissions

Control Access Permissions

Let your users determine what kind of access they want to allow for their public share links.

Change notification as required

Get Notified of Changes

Users can choose to be notified whenever new activity occurs on a public share link.

Email a link to a Public File

In addition to public file sharing, users can also email a link to a public share directly from within the Cerberus FTP Server web client. Users just need to click the "Email" button on a file to open a  dialog for emailing the file.

How to email a link to a public file

Revoking Public File or Folder Access

Users and administrators can revoke access to open public links at anytime through the Cerberus FTP Server web client or administrative UI.

How to control access to public files - revoke a Public Share link
Easy access for recipients - public share email message

Easy Access for Recipients

When a user emails a public file link, the recipient will receive an email with your user’s message and a public, unique link to the file or folder.  Recipients will be directed to an intuitive web client powered by Cerberus FTP Server where they can download the shared files. Cerberus will log all access through the file’s public link.

Full Feature List

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Transfer Security

SSH, SSL, FIPS 140-2

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Event, Alert & Sync Tools

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Access Protection

IP, User & Protocol Restriction Tools

Account Management

AD, LDAP, 2FA, SSO & More

Auditing and Reporting

File Access, User & Admin Logging

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Administration Tools

API, Sync Manager, & Other Tools


Cerberus FTP Server is trusted by thousands of customers all over the world. Read what just a few of them have to say below.

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"Our users have found Cerberus to be straightforward.  We have handled many service tickets over the past three years, and Cerberus has had the least number of issues, by far."

James Fayson

IT Service Owner, PACE, OASIS, Duke Health Technology Solutions

"We’ve been using Cerberus for at least five years, and it’s been awesome. Everything’s been very simple and easy, and we haven’t come across any limitations. It always just seems to work."

Jake Cloward

Support Manager, Companion Corporation

"It’s not designed to be complicated, and it doesn’t need to be managed. I can hire someone new and they can be up to speed in minutes. Everyone on the team loves it."

Tim Klein

Systems Administrator, Netalytics/Methasoft

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