Drag2Up Lets You Upload Files Via Drag And Drop In Chrome - gHacks Tech News

Drag2Up Lets You Upload Files Via Drag And Drop In Chrome

If you upload files, images or text documents for instance, regularly from your computer to Internet sites, you'd probably realized that the process is everything but straightforward. This is especially true if you want to post a file on a site that does not offer uploading capabilities, a comment on a web blog for instance. What you would have to do then is the following:

  • Find an appropriate host for the file. This can be self hosted web space or a file hosting service.
  • Open the file browser, locate the file on your computer and select to upload it
  • Grab the link to the file and paste it into the comment form at the exact location that you want it to appear.

This process becomes a thing of the past with Drag2Up for the Google Chrome browser. You specify an image, text and binary hosting services from the available selection. Once you have done that, you can use any web form on the Internet to upload files to those services. Even better, the extension pastes the link to the uploaded files directly in that web form.

This is for instance ideal for users who like to post images on Twitter or other sites. Open the extension settings with a click on the Wrench Icon > Tools > Extensions, and the selection of Options next to the Drag2Up listing in the extensions manager.

drag and drop upload

Just drag and drop the file hosts that you want to use to the appropriate sections on the right. Here is the current list of supported hosts:

  • Images: Imgur, Imm.io, ImageShack, Snelhest, Flickr, Picasa, TwitrPix, Twitpic, Twitgoo, Img.ly, Posterous
  • Text: Gist.Github, Pastebin.com, Mysticpaste
  • Binary: Checmial Servers, DAFK Up, Minus, Hotfile, Dropbox, CloudApp, Box and Droplr

The selected hosts are then used as the default storage services when files are uploaded via the drag and drop operations. All you need to do from that moment on is to drag and drop files that you want to upload to forms on the selected web page. Let me give you an example on how this works on Twitter.

Visit the Twitter web page, and drag a file from your computer to the What's Happening form there. You will notice that drop files here is displayed on every form on the page automatically.

twitter drag drop upload

The file is submitted to the selected file host, and the resulting link to the file posted directly in the Twitter form. This saves you quite a few steps.

You may want to disable the "enable marketing" option in the extension settings to avoid advertisement.

Google Chrome users can download the latest version of Drag2Up from the official Chrome Web Store.

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  1. nikihit said on January 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Why not making it a build-in feature of chrome? I like build-in features more than add-ons. I use drag and drop frequently in Avant browser, but in chrome there isn’t this feature(Now I know i need to install a addon first ) so I use right click>Open in new tab
    I just notice the installation folder of chrome size more than 300 M, how does it come from? It even has no build-in features.

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