Sharing big data with thunderbird filelink

"ownCloud for Filelink" is a Thunderbird add-own which allows you to send large e-mail attachments via sciebo. The e-mail recipient receives a hyperlink for downloading the attachment from the sciebo website. This speeds up sending e-mails und saves storage space in your in-box.

Installation of "ownCloud for Filelink"

  • You can dowload "ownCloud for Filelink" here.
  • After downloading, you have to set up the add-on: Open Mozilla Thunderbird, click on Tools - Attachments - Add and select "ownCloud".
  • Install "ownCloud for Filelink" and start Mozilla Firefox again.

  • Click on Edit - Settings - Attachments (symbol paper clip)
  • Select a "Filelink storage service"
  • Select "own cloud" in the pop-up window
  • The following information is required:
    1. Server address: Your sciebo Server
    2. User ID: UserID@institution.de
    3. storage location in sciebo: It is helpful to create a folder in sciebo where the attachments can be stored. To choose this folder as the storage location, enter it as the storage path with a preceding and a closing slash, e.g. /mail_attachments/.
    4. Password: The recipient can access the data by entering this password.

  • Click on "Account set-up" and confirm by entering your sciebo password. After successful authorisation you can see a diagram of your sciebo storage volume.
  • You can enter a treshold for Filelink, the default is 5 MB.


Using "ownCloud for Filelink"

There are two possibilities to send an attachment via filelink:
1) Automatic identification of large attachments
  • If an attachment is bigger than the defined treshold or the default (5 MB), Thunderbird indicates Filelink automatically.
  • Choose the option "Filelink" and enter your sciebo password. The attachment is uploaded in sciebo and a dowload link is inserted into the e-mail.

2) Direct selction of Filelink

  • Open the drop-down menu of "attachments" and choose filelink and ownCloud.
  • Choose the file or folder for the attachment. You can upload the data after entering your password.