Using Discourse as a Document Repository?


Hope you are well.

Anyone had any success setting up a document repo on Discourse.

Let me explain I have built a static site for a client almost ready to go live and occasionally they require the sharing of files with their community. I.e Members f the forum I thought it would be a good idea to have a single repo where powerpoint files etc are available to the community what is the best way to achieve this or best practice

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Discourse is not designed to be a file repository. If you occasionally need to make things available you could add the file type to the upload types and output and upload those files. You could create a category just for uploads if you wanted.


We recommend using a real document / drive / file sharing service (Google Drive, Dropbox, or similar) and posting links to those documents in Discourse topics as you see fit.


All of the above, plus to say that Discourse isn’t a document management system, if that’s what they’re looking for then some of the behaviors are going to be very confusing.

You can’t upload a file over an existing file of the same name, there’s no concept of versioning either.