Maybe you have already solved the dilemma how to send a video to your relatives. The grandpa and the grandma wants to see the grandson how beautifully he plays piano, the aunt wants to see the niece… If you don`t want to upload video file on youtube (you don`t want others to see it) or you don`t want to use any file sharing service, use this simple hack and share video without upload.

Want to share video without upload? Make a special html page

Html% has a video tag that enables to play the file directly without use of the external player. Awesome. It is enough to create a file in Notepad, copy/paste the text below and save it as a .html file.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang=”en”>
<meta charset=”UTF-8″>
#video {
background-color: grey;
border: 1px solid red;
padding: 10px;
#video_obsah {
padding: 10px;
margin-left: auto;
margin-right: auto;
display: block;
#text h1 {
font-size: 50px;
text-align: center;
body {
background-color: aliceblue;
<div id=”text”>
<h1>Here write the headline for the video</h1>
</div><div id=”video”>
<video id=”video_obsah” src=”Here enter the file name with the extension” controls></video>

Upload everything on Dropbox

Copy public link

Be careful to put your file and a newly created html site to Public folder. Click the right mouse button and choose Copy public link. Done. This link can be sent via mail to your relatives or friends. They don`t have to download anything. They simply open link in any browser that can handle HTML5 (almost any modern one) and play the file exactly like on youtube.

The video tag has many parameters you can adjust. Supported formats for a video file are webM, ogg and mp$. For complete tag documentation click here.

The abovementioned solution is a simple one but a powerful too. The biggest problem was to send big file. It wasn`t possible without use of filesharing services. You cannot explain to senior people how to use them. Now they simply click a link. And to see a grandson to play piano is priceless 🙂

How to share video without upload to youtube?

2 thoughts on “How to share video without upload to youtube?

  • 25. August 2016 at 10:23

    how do you get the link from the htlm file?

    • 12. October 2016 at 17:45

      I dont understand. Be more specific.


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