I would like to share a folder like Dropbox does, but under Share I can not find such an option.

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Before macOS High Sierra and iOS 10 release the answer was "No - iCloud drive and its folder structure is strictly for sharing with one account." You can now share files but not entire folders easily.

Now with iOS 10 and High Sierra and newer, you can share from the share control on macOS and choose a file. You can share with the generic "add people" icon files but not folders currently. You can share from the web interface and iOS as well.

macOS iCloud share file with people screen

For some iWork documents and photos, you can share them individually or by adding someone to a shared photo album, but that's based on the app design and not a more general folder based file sharing idiom.

You can also avail yourself of all the share sheets when an app like Things or OneNote or Acorn can accept a shared file from iCloud.

Also - Apple's MailDrop feature to email each file to the recipient(s) that need to share the file, but it wouldn't be anything that's hosted and really shared in the sense that a change to the file by one user would then be reflected on the cloud. When that works it's great since you don't have to plan to share out the files - it just happens.

Clearly, iCloud isn't competing directly with Box.com and DropBox but it has picked up tons of useful features and the live on line collaboration for iWork documents and notes is really fantastic in 2018 now that we have some real sharing features in iCloud.


As it currently stands (March 2015) you cannot share iCloud folder, but you can share individual iCloud files. Even if your recipient does't have iCloud account they will be able to view and edit your iCloud documents.

Open a document on your iCloud site, and click share button on the top toolbar. You will be given a link and some options (readonly vs editing, password protection).

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Since September 2017 (iOS 11), you can now share files via Files app (or on iCloud.com).

Simply navigate to the file you want to share -> click on the share icon -> click "Add People" -> then you can share a copy of the link to the file/folder.

For some reason, folders aren't supported yet.

  • I can't figure a way to share a folder. Can you add a screen image or detail? I don't see the Add People link on macOS 10.13.3 and newer builds.
    – bmike
    Commented Feb 27, 2018 at 20:24
  • @bmike my mistake, looks like you can't share a folder. only files at the moment.
    – ninjaneer
    Commented Feb 28, 2018 at 0:58
  • No worries. Some day that too may come to pass. Again, sincere thanks for the ping and update here.
    – bmike
    Commented Feb 28, 2018 at 1:00

Jan 26 2017, you still can't share folders.

Try using insync.io you can share the folders in your icloud drive without moving the files from their original location. But it will use your google drive storage.


MacOS Catalina (finally) allows iCloud folder sharing.


Since MacOS Catalina 10.15.4 Update you could share files and directories with any iCloud user


  • @fsb Cloud you please show where the same answer is? There are only answers, that says that sharing folder is not possible. Commented Mar 29, 2020 at 21:11
  • @fsb This answer said, that "MacOS Catalina allows folder sharing", but this isn't true. Only 10.15.4 Update brings this capability. Catalina 10.15.3 and prior doesn't allow folder sharing. You could find it in release notes for this update. So my answer differs and has exact answer for asked question. Commented Apr 6, 2020 at 20:57
  • @fsb MacOS version 10.15.3 is also Catalina, but it doesn't support sharing. My answer doesn't repeat previous answer, it provide correct information for end users. Commented Apr 6, 2020 at 21:20
  • Ok, have a good day.
    – fsb
    Commented Apr 6, 2020 at 21:32

Try using OS X Server for Yosemite or Mavericks.

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    Can you add some details on how using OS X Server would allow sharing of an iCloud Drive folder?
    – nohillside
    Commented Nov 3, 2014 at 19:02

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