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Kicksend – An Easy Way to Send Large Files

Kicksend large file sharing

Most email services place a limit on the size of attachments, which can make sending larger files a bit difficult. File sending services abound to get around this limit. One of the easier ones we’ve seen – as long as you don’t mind registering for an account – is Kicksend. Kicksend allows you to send large files for free, although the limitations are different depending on whether you use the web client or the desktop client. While you have to register for an account to use Kicksend, your recipients do not.

With the Kicksend web client, you can send files up to 150 MB in size. The desktop client has no file size limit. There is however, a limit on the total size of files you can send in a one month period, depending on the plan you have. If you have the Basic (free) plan, that limit is 5 GB per month, and your file is accessible for 10 days. The Plus plan ($10/month) has a 10 GB limit, with your file being stored for 90 days. Finally, the Pro plan ($20/month) has a 30 GB per month limit, with you files accessible for 120 days. The web client uploader does seem to suggest a 1.69 GB monthly sending limit, so Kicksend could do a better job of explaining the pricing options and sending limits.

One other difference between the free and paid plans is that the paid plans provide for private URLs, although I couldn’t find any description explaining the difference between a normal URL and a private one. I assume that it means that a shared file on a paid plan can only be accessed by the intended recipient, while anyone who knows the URL can access the file on the free plan. That’s just a guess, though.

With Kicksend, your recipients aren’t actually sent the file (because they probably have file size limits on their end, too). Instead, they receive an email message with a link. Clicking that link will take them to a page with a prominent download button on it.

The web client is simple, and uses a straightforward, uncluttered interface.

.Kicksend web client

The desktop client isn’t quite as simple, but still looks nice. (Note that the screenshot below is from the Mac client, but there is a Windows client as well).

Kicksend  Evan Kline1

A service like Kicksend isn’t something most people would use every day, but it is good for the occasional time where you need to send a large file, and don’t want your recipients to have to jump through hoops.

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Kicksend [via Tony Hue Twitter stream]