What is SharePoint 2016 Durable Links?

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Durable Links

Resource-based URLs now retain links when documents are renamed or moved in SharePoint.

Durable Links is new and different but not a SP2016 feature. You’ll actually need Office Online Server or Office Web Apps 2013 installed on another box for this to work. we typically have this when installing SharePoint On-Premises so customers should benefit from Durable Links anyway. It works as described meaning your URLs to documents will always work, good idea.

After enabling Durable Links feature, we’ll see that the file now has a query parameter to the document:
http://instillcloud/site1/Shared%20Documents/DurableExample.docx?d=g9cfff9eefc734f16992c477382ad7710

If I move the document to the Durablemove library, it now becomes:
http://instillcloud/site1/Durablemove/DurableExample.docx?d=g9cfff9eefc734f16992c477382ad7710

if I change the name of the file with new name:
http://instillcloud/site1/Durablemove/DurableNewName.docx?d=g9cfff9eefc734f16992c477382ad7710

if I enter a random URL http://instillcloud/myfile.docx?d=g9cfff9eefc734f16992c477382ad7710 on the same Site Collection with the d= guid, then The file continues to work with the original url http://instillcloud/site1/Shared%20Documents/DurableTest.docx?d=g9cfff9eefc734f16992c477382ad7710

  • Dhinesh

    Query string is the unique key in this feature. we have to make a note of all the query strings value in order access the modified documents within the Durable folder , not sure how feasible the customer will utilize this features ?

  • yes, if customer really want to manage the document or access the documnet after change or moved to another library. Then enable this feature