Upload files

Each project and component can have its own set of files, allowing you to organize your files into meaningful groups like datasets or background research.

Each file is also given a unique, persistent URL, meaning that it can be cited or linked to individually.

1. Go to the "Files" page

First, sign in to the OSF, and go to your project. Your "Project Overview" page will appear.

Then, click the Files tab in the navigation bar.

The "Files" page will appear.

2. Choose a storage location

To upload a file, click a storage location (e.g. OSF Storage). Several buttons will appear on the toolbar.

There are two ways to upload files: You can click the Upload button on the toolbar or drag and drop files from your desktop.

When you click the Upload button, a dialog box opens from which you can select a file.

Click the Open button, and your file will be uploaded to the storage location you chose.

3. View a file

Click next to a file's name to reveal multiple action buttons in the toolbar.

Click on a file's name to open the "File Detail" page.

4. Explore the "File Detail" page

From the "File Detail" page, you can:

  • Use the Share button to link to your file or embed it on your blog or website (The Share button will only be visible on public projects)
  • Check out the file to prevent collaborators from making changes to the file while you're working on it (must have “Write” or “Admin” privileges)
  • Tag your file to enhance discoverability

OSF Storage, the default storage for every project, supports version control. Read more about version control.