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Emailing a link to a folder

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Jan 23, 2013 3:54 PM

I was just trying to figure out how to send someone a link to a folder on a shared drive via email and thought I'd share my find. There were a few suggestions around, such as using afp:// or file:/// for a file, but nothing of those really worked well.


The short answer is you need to send it using the smb protocol, such as



What I found is that there's no drag'n'drop solution, but you can use a little shortcut.

  1. If you want to send a folder drag that folder into Terminal (under Applications:Utilities) and you might get a path like
    /Volumes/Shares/Folder1/Folder\ 2
  2. Go to Finder and continue hitting Command-Up Arrow until you get to the top level. Alternatively hit Command while selecting the folder icon in the Finder window and go to the top level (which is at the bottom of the list). This top level is likely to be your computer's name. Once selected highlight the network share drive that you found out from the step above, e.g. 'Shares'. Then hit Command-I (Get Info). That will tell you the name of the server in the notation, e.g. smb://yourserver.corp.domain/Shares. Copy the server part, e.g. smb://yourserver.corp.domain/ and replace the /Volumes/ part from step 1.
  3. Replace any spaces (or "\ " if you take the Terminal result from step 1) with %20 (the hex character for spaces). There are some other hex characters for non-Latin character sets, such as %5B for [, or %5D for ] etc. Try for a full list of characters.


You now have assembled the link. Not a comfortable, easy way, but something that works. Maybe someone has an AppleScript for that.


Hope that helps.


P.S.: I've tried that on SnowLeopard (10.6) only, but I assume it's the same on earlier and later versions of Mac OS X.

iMac (27-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.6.8)


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