Docs and Files
For organizing reference materials, shared files, and the latest version of everything.
Jump ahead to:
- Adding Files
- Adding Standalone Files
- File Size Limitations
- File Versioning
- Deleting and Searching for Files
- Link to Cloud Files
- Viewing Cloud Files
Anywhere you see the text editor in Basecamp 3, you can attach a file one of two ways:
1. Add from your computer.
Click the paperclip icon and then select a file from your computer.
2. Drag and drop.
Drag a file from anywhere on your computer and drop it onto the page where the text editor is open. The file will appear where your cursor is, so be sure the cursor is in the place where you want the file.
First, go to the Project and click the Docs & Files option. Then, click the green
New button. You can select files from your computer, or drag and drop them.
Put in the trash.
Uploading a file as an attachment is limited to 10 GB in size.
Uploading a standalone file is limited to 5 GB in size.
If you need to upload a standalone file larger than 5 GB to the Docs & Files section of a project, team, or HQ, you can consider creating a Basecamp Doc and attaching your file to to that document.
If you made changes to a file and need to add a new version, no worries! Go to the file in the project, and click to Replace with a new version.
Need to delete a file or restore a deleted file? Here's how!
Searching for a specific file? Try this!
Are your files saved in another program? You can link to those files in your Basecamp projects and teams!
You can link to your documents and files in: Adobe Creative Cloud, Airtable, Basecamp, Box, Dropbox, Figma, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, Invision, Notion, OneDrive, and Zoho. There's a really handy "Other" category that allows anyone to link to anything hosted elsewhere.
To start, head to your Docs & Files section in your Project (or Team or HQ!). Click on the green
New... button, then click the option you need from the list of Cloud File services.
Add a title, and paste the link to your file. Add a note for more detail, and click on the post button.
To view a linked cloud file, click the View on... button. This will open a browser tab taking you directly to the document, file, or page that's linked.
You'll need to be logged in and you'll need to have permissions to view where that link takes you. If you don't, you can request permission from the creator so clicking on a link from Basecamp will be seamless.
Need a place to take notes during a meeting? Use a text doc. Want to add reference material that others on the project need? Use a text doc.
When you're ready to set up a text doc, click the green
New button. Then, click to Start a new doc.
Give it a title, add your text, and then use the buttons below the post to either Save as a draft or Post your document to the project. You can also choose who should be notified about your post.
After you post it, you can add comments and notify other users.
Ever need to review or restore past versions of a Basecamp document? If you want to take a look at the changes a document has gone through, just click
View change log from the
You'll see an updated view of all the changes that have happened to the document.
Wanna ditch the changes and go back to the way it was before? No problem, just open up the last good version and click the button to "Make this the current version."
Folders let you group stuff together in a way that makes sense for you and your team!
To create a new folder, click the green
New button and then click to make a new folder.
You'll see a small card with Untitled in it. Type the name of the folder and then click
Now, simply drag Basecamp Docs, files, and cloud files from the Docs & Files section into the folder:
To move files or folders up to their parent folders, choose Move from the
... menu, and choose a destination folder:
You can also move or copy docs and files into other projects. Read more about that here.
Need to download or use your Docs & Files outside of Basecamp? You can download an entire folder in a couple clicks. Here’s how:
- First go to the folder you'd like to download.
Click on the
...menu in the top-right.
- In that menu you’ll find an option to Download this folder, click on that.
Removing the Docs & Files tool
You can hide a tool from a Project, Team, or HQ if it's not needed. See if a clear space really does organize the mind!
Here's how: Changing Tools
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