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One of the main features of Overleaf is the ability to share projects and collaborate on them with other users.

Link sharing

"Link sharing" allows a project owner to share their projects via different types of link:

  • anyone with a read-only link should be able to access and read the associated Overleaf project
  • anyone with an edit link will be able to edit the associated Overleaf project—if they already have an Overleaf account, otherwise they'll first need to create an account

To access link sharing:

  1. Click on the Share button at the top right corner of the project

  2. Click Turn on link sharing

  3. The shareable read-and-edit and read-only URLs will be displayed

    To let someone access the project, simply send them the URL of the project. Note that users must have an Overleaf account to edit a link-shared project.

Inviting named collaborators

Sharing a project with named collaborators is more powerful, as the only people who will be allowed to access the project are people who you have invited to collaborate on the project. To share a project with someone:

  • Click on the Share button at the top right corner of the project


  • Enter the email address of the account you would like to share the project with:


  • Choose whether you would like the collaborator to have read only access, or whether they will be allowed to edit the project.
  • Click Share

Your collaborator will now receive an email inviting them to join the project. Once they have logged into their account, they will be able to accept the invite and collaborate on the project. The Share project window will update to show that they have accepted the request and joined the project. If they do not receive an email:

  • Make sure the email address you are using is correct
  • Try resending the email by clicking Resend in the Share project window
  • Check the spam folder of the email address as sometimes emails can end up in there by mistake.

Number of collaborators allowed

Extended Named Sharing is a premium feature. Overleaf premium features are available to participants in Overleaf Commons, members of group subscriptions, and owners of individual subscriptions. The number of collaborators you are allowed to invite will depend on the plan you are part of. Visit the plans page to view the different plans available.

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